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25 October 2008 @ 03:52 pm
poker faced  

Paul Voploni leaves behind his usual topics of race and violence and poverty and sports and instead gives reluctant readers a fast paced novel about a young man seeking revenge through poker. Yes, Texas Hold 'Em. Huck's dad was the champion poker player in Caldwekk, California, until he died of a sudden stroke. The watch he wore with pride was the prize given to the winner of the local church's poker tournament. Huck's dad had won the tournament for three years running. As he is dying in the hospital, the new winner of the poker contest comes and removes the watch from the dying man' wrist. Huck is determined to face this man down. Unfortunately, Mr. Abbott is also Huck's high school math teacher, a really nasty piece of work reminiscent of Brother Leon in THE CHOCOLATE WAR.

This was a quick read and would make a nice addition to Eric Luper's THE BIG SLICK and Pete Hautman's STONE COLD as well. I wonder how Volponi's fans will greet this quite different book.
Current Location: back home
Current Mood: still hoarse
(Anonymous) on October 26th, 2008 03:13 am (UTC)
Love Volponi's books
I just started this one today. Volponi's books never disappoint me. This is a nice change. With the current popularity of poker, this is sure to be a success with my students.
Faerlyn: weird works for mefaerlyn_darkelf on October 26th, 2008 08:44 am (UTC)
wuick? I have to admit I had to look that one up...
elupereluper on October 27th, 2008 09:05 pm (UTC)
Hey, thanks for the mention. It's an honor to be mentioned in such a great, albeit short, list of authors! :-)