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Posted: Friday, August 17, 2012 7:24 am

The back cover is closed, and the book is set down with a sigh that is half-satisfaction, half-accomplishment.

As I finished reading “Tom O’Bedlam” by Robert Silverberg, I yearned to talk about the book with someone.

I thought, wouldn’t it be great to write a book review of this science fiction gem unearthed from the 1980s?  Better yet, wouldn’t it be great to read what others thought of it?

It is in this spirit that I’m honored to helm this column, “Book Buffet,” for Lodi’s literature lovers.

On the third Saturday of the month I will introduce a title from a different genre. I, along with various News-Sentinel colleagues, will take the next few weeks to read the book. In the following column, I will summarize the selected novel’s plot and give a brief overview of the characters. I’ll also give my opinion of the book, as will other News-Sentinel staffers.

Here’s the fun part:

I invite you, the reader, to read the book along with us. When you’ve finished, send me a quick, two-paragraph review of the book, and I’ll include it along with our reviews.

The finished product will be a potluck of opinions on one title.

Let’s get this buffet underway! Our first month’s title comes from one of today’s more popular authors, Jodi Picoult. It’s titled “The Tenth Circle,” and incorporates graphic novel (comic book) storytelling into the pages of rather serious subject matter.

If you would like to join me and others in giving this title an honest review, please submit two short paragraphs by Monday, Sept. 10, 2012. I will accept entries via e-mail at or by mail at: Lodi News-Sentinel, 125 N. Church St.. Lodi, CA 95240.

If you are so inclined, you may also drop your reviews off at the News-Sentinel offices at the above address.

Please include your first and last name and city. Reviews are subject to editing for space or objectionable language.

Contact technical designer Marc Lutz at



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