A. Ross

Helpful votes received on reviews: 71% (108 of 152)
Location: Washington, DC
In My Own Words:
Parent, public librarian, Sunday soccer player, occasional freelance graphic designer, and inept handyman.

World literature, crime fiction, punk rock, alt-culture, graphic design, travelogues, and various other random stuff. If you are a publisher or author, I will consider your book if you email me particulars rosseroo@erols.com.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 82,123 - Total Helpful Votes: 108 of 152
BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara
BUtterfield 8 by John O'Hara
Sparked by the mysterious real life drowning in 1931 of a young New York woman who was later revealed to be a bit of a good time girl as well as victim of childhood sexual abuse, O'Hara's second novel remains remarkably fresh and readable, with surprising sensibilities for the time toward topics such as pedophilia and alcoholism. Of course, alcoholism is something O'Hara had first-hand experience with. A contemporary of Fitzgerald and Hemingway, and an intimate of Dorothy Parker, he was a renown nasty drunk, with a penchant for three day benders. This experience serves him well in this study of Gloria Wandrous, a pretty, promiscuous woman who spends a good part of her young life trying to… Read more
The Book of Ralph: A Novel by John McNally
The Book of Ralph: A Novel by John McNally
5.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Book, July 8 2004
Several years ago I came across McNally's short-story collection Troublemakers, and enjoyed it immensely. Three of the stories from that collection (The Vomitorium, Smoke, The Grand Illusion) reappear here in slightly different form as chapters, and almost every other chapter has appeared in various lit journals or alternative media. Indeed the book is really an anthology of related stories about one character which share a tone that mixes humor, pathos, and keen observation. Those looking for a strong narrative framework may be disappointed, but this free-form approach allows McNally to create a series of extremely strong stories that form a very compelling coming of age story.
The… Read more
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Doomsday Book by Connie Willis
Time-travel fiction is its own subgenre of science fiction, and pretty much anyone who reads sci-fi has their own take on it. Willis adopts an unusual and refreshingly simple approach to time-travel in her lengthy award-winner. Instead of the usual questions about paradoxes or nefarious schemes to profit from time-travel, she sets it up as a smart system that protects itself from any paradox and abuse. Simply put, nothing that will cause a paradox or severely influence events can travel through "the net", as the system simply doesn't allow it in either direction. And since one can only go back in time, and one can't bring stuff back from the past, there's not much utility to it… Read more