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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    Great menu, great food

    Having been a fan of Poppy Brite's older 'goth' material, I was very excited to see the new direction she is going. 'Soul Kitchen,' the most recent title (DUCK is due out in Jan?) in her Ricky/G-man/Chef series is great! Good story line, good new characters, makes me hungry for more. What I really appreciate is the way Poppy writes about food. She makes me wish that Liquor were a real restaurant and that Ricky and G-man would put out a cookbook....and reading her current series make me hungry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    Breaking my heart and making me hungry!

    I picked up my copy of 'Soul Kitchen' right before embarking on a transatlantic flight and, sadly, finished it long before the landing gear dropped down. It is a wonderful book, especially if you're a fan of the other Liquor books (although this isn't a requirement -- this one stands alone pretty darn well!). I enjoyed the character development of G-man and Rickey so much that there were times I would stop reading and wait for a few minutes before I started again because I wanted to make this last. Just like a delicious meal, I wanted to quickly devour every bit and yet savor it slowly. The mystery-story-within-the-story (no spoilers here, sorry) made me deeply sad. It's one of those situations where, all too much like real life, knowing the truth still leaves behind terrible damage and sadness. Also, the problems of addiction and the havoc it can cause were thoughtfully addressed, but no moralistic preaching was forced down my throat, for which I am grateful. (Yeah, I know drugs are bad. I also know why people take them, and my feelings for addicts include pity, not just anger.) The ending scene with Rickey and the old man is truly one of the most heartwrenching realistic yet inspiring scenes I've read in a long, long time. That part alone is worth the price of the book! So do yourself and anyone you love a favor, and buy them this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    Soul Kitchen Delivers

    Soul Kitchen holds its own nicely with Brite's previous works Liquor and Prime, reuniting readers with familar faces Rickey, G-man, Lenny, and the staff of Liquor, along with introducing new characters who bring their own stories to this book - with interesting twists and turns along the way. There are several layers of story going on here, so don't make the error of focusing on one and think that's where the action is or you'll be cheating yourself. Readers get to see a side of Lenny that's really not been shown before, issues of race, class and the degree to which they determine one's life are interwoven throughout, along with a realistic, non-preachy but non-glamourous look at drug addiction. Anyone who has worked in a restaurant will be familiar with the issues that cause a battle of egos - but no spoilers here. You'll have to read to see how / if they resolve. As someone who doesn't reside in New Orleans, I enjoyed the local perspective on Mardi Gras and the extra tidbits and history that I'd not been aware of before. The characters in these stories feel quite real, not the least bit of stiff caricature is present. In reading this book, it felt that the Lenny/Rickey/G-man Liquor partnership had moved from being strictly professional to more in the direction of friendly colleagues, and Rickey and G-man continue to deepen the bond they have while growing in new directions. The staff are prevented from becoming just convenient props by having lives and issues of their own that spill over into the main story lines. It's a well-rounded cast, and one I'm looking forward to revisiting again soon.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Soul Kitchen rocked!

    I have been reading Ms. Brite's work for many years, and really love the way she has grown and changed. Her books featuring Rickey and G-Man are wonderful. I read through it in one day, only to read it again to see what I had missed in my speed read through it. It's a wonderful book to have in your Brite collection. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2006

    three books in, the series stays fresh

    Poppy Brite's Rickey and G-man have always felt more alive to me than many actual people. They're among the most personable characters I've encountered in fiction. It's fun to spend a few hours in their fictional presence. Three books in, I'm delighted to find the Liquor series still going strong -- and most importantly, evolving. Like the two previous installments, Soul Kitchen is built around a mystery and builds to a thriller-like climax, but the real attraction of the book is the chance it offers to get behind the kitchen door of New Orleans restaurants. I got a kick out of the riffing Soul Kitchen does on the molecular gastronomy trend, and I appreciated its introduction of a character notably different than those that have previously turned up in the series. Ex-con Milford Goodman is a plainer, more natural character than the New Orleanians that typically populate fiction about the city, and his dialogue -- particularly his conversations with his sister -- has a realism that's rare in genre fiction. (And I don't mean that as a slam of genre fiction, which I quite like.) I'm also pleased that Rickey and G-man's relationship continues to mature. So far, Liquor is staying away from the the common series trap of freezing characters in static positions and refusing to let them grow. My only gripe about Soul Kitchen is that I wish it were longer. D*U*C*K now, please!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2006

    Great once again!

    Poppy Z. Brite has outdone herself once again with this one- she has a way of making you feel like you are right there in the story when you read her work and Soul Kitchen is no exception-it makes you feel as if Rickey and G-man are people you know-and Poppy once again demonstrates her extensive knowledge of New Orleans' cuisine-very cool-will leave you thirsty for more!

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