Highlights/Blurbs from Reviews

“There are a million laughs in the big city…wonderfully comic…a page-turner…Stein has a keen eye for the details of our cultural landscape. And he sprinkles his scenes with deadpan one-liners and cultural reference points…insightful tweaking of city living and modern times.” —Philadelphia Inquirer review of Lost


“If Franz Kafka were funny, if, while down at his local pub in Prague, he had fired off one witty, sarcastic rejoinder after another about the absurdity of the world, then he would have written a novel like Scott Stein’s Mean Martin Manning…a gem of a book.” —Philadelphia City Paper


“Crafting a breezily subversive, funny narrative out of a barely hyperbolized modern American zeitgeist, Stein spins perhaps a bit too-timely-for-comfort cautionary tale…creative and oftentimes hilarious.” —The American Spectator review of Mean Martin Manning


Full Reviews

Mean Martin Manning

American Spectator review of Mean Martin Manning. July 28, 2008.

Reason magazine interview about Mean Martin Manning. November 2007.

• Liberty magazine 2007 Books of Summer. (Click images to enlarge.)

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Philadelphia City Paper review of Mean Martin Manning. March 22, 2007.

Per Contra review of Mean Martin Manning. Spring 2007.



• Philadelphia Inquirer review of Lost. February 2001. (Click image to enlarge.)