Review: The Man In The Rockefeller Suit (The Astonishing Rise And Spectacular Fall Of A Serial Imposter) by Mark Seal

Can You Spot A Con Man? (A review of The Man In The Rockefeller Suit, The Astonishing Rise And Spectacular Fall Of A Serial Imposter, by Mark Seal)
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Fascinating nonfiction, conversationally written and well-paced with a near-thriller feel, with some twists and surprises along the way. The Man In The Rockefeller Suit vividly portrays how even the most intelligent and accomplished among us can be easily duped by a skilled con man, adept at hiding his lies and deceit (and worse) behind an audacious facade of charm, wealth, and privilege.

The Man In The Rockefeller Suit is highly recommended, and available at Amazon here.

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Now For Something Really Strange (A Review of The Weird, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer)

theweirdDo you enjoy stories that are darkly offbeat, quirky, strange, fantastical, and/or have a touch of the Twilight Zone? If so, have I got a book for you: The Weird, a Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.

This is a large book (110 stories, 1152 pages, available at Amazon here (hardcover) or here (paperback)) that delivers many hours of wondrous reading, a great investment. Arranged chronologically from 1907 to 2010, each story is preceded by a brief and interesting bio of the author, included mentions of other notable works; very useful roadmaps for future reading.

For my tastes, a surprisingly high percentage of the stories in this anthology were very enjoyable, making The Weird a particularly good value.

An observation: The older stories, even though they were wordier, tended to embody a higher literary standard than some of the newer tales, reflecting a culture that was more refined then than today. I have observed this cultural downward trend in other anthologies; perhaps some day we will see the trend reverse.

The Weird is highly recommended.

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