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Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
The Arncliffe Puzzle by Gordon Holmes
Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
The Case of the Missing Books by Ian Sansom
Code Name Pauline by Pearl Witherington Cornioley and Kathryn J. Atwood
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Even Monsters Need Haircuts by Matthew McElligott
The Field of Wacky Inventions by Patrick Carman
Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer
Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Skottie Young
Grizzwold by Syd Hoff
A Hat Full of Sky by Terry Pratchett
Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis
The Last Sewer Ball by Steven Schindler
Let's Call it Canada: Amazing Stories of Canadian Place Names by Susan Hughes, Clive Dobson and Julie Dobson
The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum
Mr. Pratt's Patients by Joseph C. Lincoln
Mr. Wuffles! by David Wiesner
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Stragosky and Boris Stragosky
Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3 by Gail Carriger
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
Trust No One by Linda Sue Park
Undead by Kirsty McKay
Voltron Force Volume 3: Twin Trouble by Brian Smith
Undead by Kirsty McKay
The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett
What Does the Fox Say? by Ylvis
The Whole Enchilada by Diane Mott Davidson
Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett
Yoko Ono: Collector of Skies by Nell Beram

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4 stars: Good but flawed
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Comments for The Return of the Player

The Return of the Player: 07/07/14

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When I was a film studies major, I did my senior thesis on self referential films and self aware characters. One of the films I discussed at length was The Player, inspired by the novel of the same name by Michael Tolkin.

The Return of the Player by Michael Tolkin is set about a decade after the original book. At the close of the original book. At the close of the original, Griffin Mill was at he top of the world. He'd gotten away with murder, had a hit film and a beautiful new wife.

To shake things up, The Return of the Player resets things. Griffin is facing divorce and expensive alimony to his first wife. The studio has shown him the door and he's having to beg for work.

He does commit another murder but it lacks the edge, shock or effect as the murder in the first book. Griffin has gone soft. He's not the sociopath he once was.

In fact, rather than being a cynical look at how Hollywood works, The Return of the Player ends up being about Griffin's sex life. YAWN. He's not edgy or even original. It's just sophomoric.

One star

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