Pete Carr and Robert Correll
HDR Photography: Photo Workshop
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography is an eye-popping artform. To see what I mean you might do a Google search to see a myriad of examples like those at the Flickr interest group. Or visit Trey Ratcliff's Stuck in Customs website at http://www.stuckincustoms.com/
Robert B. Parker
Parker's latest Spenser novel finds the private investigator again immersed in the art world (see his first novel The Godwulf Manuscript) trying not only to retrieve a stolen Dutch painting but trying to "make good" on his promise to protect his client who is killed during the initial ransom exchange. The novel involves Spenser battling against a group supposedly bent on retrieving art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. Each of my vacation periods for about the past 25 years has started with a Parker novel. While Painted Ladies is not one of the best Spenser novels, it is nonetheless a page-turner in the potboiler tradition by a former Edgar Award and Grand Master Award Edgar winner. If you like PI fiction, Spenser is one of the most interesting characters in a genre filled with interesting characters. Parker also wrote another series I enjoy greatly about the police chief in a small Massachusett's tourist town. These Jesse Stone novels have been made into a number of movies starring Tom Selleck.
Since the number one rule of fight club is not to talk about fight club, I won't say much about the novel's plot. Most people are familiar enough with the basics from the film of the same name. I was very intrigued though by the novel's Afterword, particularly where Palahniuk describes the book as an updated version of The Great Gatsby. Certainly the narrator is a tortured soul like Jay Gatz and the novel does deal with social stratification and "class warfare" at some level. The novel also deals with some male gender and masculinity issues. Tyler Durden is certainly a compelling "doppelganger".
If you've been in one of my classes this year, you've probably heard me raving about Cory Doctorow's 2008 novel, Little Brother, which is available free online via the Creative Commons license at Doctorow's Craphound.com website. Without giving away too much, the novel takes its readers though a terrorist attack in San Francisco and the response by a small group of young revolutionary technophiles. The novel raises some important issues concerning the politics of fear, the Patriotic Act, and Homeland Security. It's literally the most exciting thing I've read in the past couple of years. But don't take my word for it, here are what some other contemporary writers have said about the novel :