It's March Madness, which means living and breathing college basketball for many people. Everyone is watching the college teams as they make their way to the Final Four. I must admit that I have only once participated in filling in the brackets and watching as my teams got knocked out of elimination; however, despite that, I really got into it and watched almost religiously for each game's outcome. In other words, I know I am not the biggest basketball fan...I'm more of a football fan, and always have been. But as March Madness heats up, it reminds me of the novels of Tom LeClair as many are basketball oriented. Recently, I wrote and posted a review of Tom LeClair's newest novel, Passing Through: A Novel. I include it here:
At times laugh out loud funny, this novel, that completes the trilogy started by Passing Off, deals with some serious issues. Michael Keever, the main character, plays fast and loose with academic protocols, but in the end does the right thing. Queen City College, at times, reminds me of colleges like ITT Tech. I liked it so much that I went out and bought (and read) the first in the series and have intention to do the same with Passing On. However, having said that, I preferred this novel more than the first one in the series (because, frankly, I don't know that much about basketball theory), and I think Passing Through really stands on its own merit and definitely worth reading.
Okay, I'm rather new to reviewing, but not too long after I posted my review, I saw and read a review by Neil Isaacs of the whole trilogy of Passing Off, Passing On, and Passing Through in American Book Review this month that is just excellent. While my review barely passes muster, Isaacs' is worth the read, not to mention LeClair's Passing Through.
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