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Volume II, Issue 27
December 28 - January 4, 1999  

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1998 Fiction In Review [2]
In 1998, fiction shelves were blessed with great reads from Martin Amis, Beryl Bainbridge, T.C. Boyle, and a few lesser-known tale spinners.
— Nicholas Nesson and Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
1998 Nonfiction In Review [5]
1998's nonfictions stand-outs relived the Civil Rights era, the Johnson administration, and Nazi outrages.
— Charles Taylor, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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Rum Punch [3]
Forty years after he began writing it, Hunter S. Thompson's only novel, "The Rum Diary," has finally been published. Yawn.
— Jim Carvalho, TUCSON WEEKLY
Preternatural Prototype [4]
It's a little-known fact that Dr. Gonzo in Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" is based on a real person.
— Jim Carvalho, TUCSON WEEKLY

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Re: Building [6]
A review of the architectural biography "Tibor Kalman: Perverse Optimist."



n reviewing the best fiction and nonfiction of 1998, Boston Phoenix provides enough reading suggestions to keep your nose between the covers until the next century. The fiction list includes short-story collections by T.C. Boyle, Ann Beattie and Martin Amis, along with three Booker Prize-contending novels and works by Philip Roth, Nick Hornby and the New Yorker's Daniel Menaker. Nonfiction picks bios of Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon Johnson and Muhammad Ali, along with two racy tomes: "Pornocopia: Porn, Sex, Technology and Desire," and "The Starr Report."

Although Hunter S. Thompson's recently published 1950s novel, "The Rum Diary," is cited as one of 1998's best books by the Phoenix, Jim Carvalho of Tucson Weekly finds the Gonzo journalist's novel worthwhile only as a historical document. As a work of literature, Thompson's tale is "worthless," the critic concludes in "Rum Punch." Carvalho also takes the opportunity to profile Oscar Acosta, the real-life prototype for Thompson's sidekick in the classic "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas."

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