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reviewed Frankenstein. May 11, 2013
If a reader was to compare the macabre gothic darkness in the novels of Frankenstein, Dracula and The Phantom of the Opera, one would believe that the element of horror and depravity in each book would …
reviewed Less Than Zero. May 10, 2013
Less Than Zero
Written in clear, simple, matter-of-fact prose, Less Than Zero, is a chillingly disturbing and hair-raising novel that hones in specifically on L.A.'s edgy, filthy and unrepentant subculture, where …
reviewed Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul. May 10, 2013
The Divine Mercy in My Soul by Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska or the "Apostle of the Divine Mercy," is very much a passionate and eye-opening diary, comprising of six notebooks, that are filled …
reviewed The Remains of the Day. May 10, 2013
Ishiguro's Remains of the Day
To be a positive contributor to society and the important issues that flow within it, is something, for the most part, that people yearn to be. They want to offer the best of themselves-their talents, …
reviewed Doubt: A Parable. May 10, 2013
Doubt: A Parable
Sometimes a media blitzkrieg on a particular issue, in this case, the unraveling clergy sex scandal within the Catholic Church, can be so over dominant to the extreme that the genuine horror of its totality …
reviewed The Clown (Classic, 20th-Century, Pen.... May 09, 2013
The Clown (Classic, 20th-Century, Penguin)
A grim post-war novel abounding in fatalism, doubt, sarcasm, loss and survival, Heinrich Boll's exploration is a true literary masterpiece that could make one almost wince in its no-holds-bar truth …
reviewed The Yearling. May 09, 2013
The Yearling
In past reviews, people have speculated that if The Yearling were to have been published in today's times, would it still have been awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Literature. For me, I would have …
reviewed Seductive Poison: A Jonestown Survivo.... May 08, 2013
I had seen a documentary a while back on PBS, and Deborah Layton was one of the many former members and survivors who gave commentary on People's Temple and specifically the Rev. Jim Jones. In introducing …
reviewed A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity. May 08, 2013
A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity
Like many, I too am an admirer of Bill O'Reilly and of the Fox News Network. I enjoy the O'Reilly Factor primarily because he is a man with common sense who cuts through the bull of Washington …
reviewed The Imposter - How a Juvenile Crimina.... May 07, 2013
The Imposter - How a Juvenile Criminal Succeeded
I will admit that I am not much of a reader of self-help/transformation books. The preamble for most of them starts off with, "Do you like the way things are going in your life?" Perhaps that's …
reviewed The Land of Green Plums. May 07, 2013
The Land of Green Plums
For anyone who has ever believed that socialism of any kind was or is a good thing, Herta Muller's The Land of Green Plums would be an eye-opening novel that might make you think otherwise. My father, …
reviewed The Appointment: A Novel. May 07, 2013
The Appointment: A Novel
The Appointment illustrates once more why Herta Muller is a European writer to be reckoned with. She has, without question, a keen eye and a no-holds-bar understanding of the deadening power that Communism …
reviewed The Passport (Masks). May 06, 2013
The Passport (Masks)
The Passport is a novella consisting of only 93 pages with the primary focus being on the Banat region of Romania and the Swabians in particular, the German speaking minority residents who occupy that …
reviewed Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, .... May 06, 2013
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime
For political junkies the 2008 presidential campaign was a feast that satiated many desires, for it was the mother of all soap operas that had a vast array of characters with flaws and more than an abundance …
reviewed The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. May 06, 2013
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara
In reading The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara by David Kertzer, readers might find it difficult to not shake their heads in utter disbelief, for it elicited that reaction in me. Nominated for the National …
reviewed Saintly Women Of Modern Times. May 06, 2013
Saintly Women Of Modern Times
Being a lay Catholic in the modern world is not always easy, for there are many impediments that prevent people from slowing down and finding the simple quite time in their lives to pray and to contemplate …
reviewed The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exor.... May 06, 2013
The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist
With a plethora of exorcism movies available for viewing consumption, the subject itself has always been viewed as either an archaic act of old world superstitious wizardry or a scream feast with friends …
reviewed The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel. May 06, 2013
The Exorcism of Anneliese Michel
After reading Matt Baglio's book-The Rite-the possession case of Anneliese Michel immediately sprang to mind, primarily because of the fictionalized films that were based loosely on her life and …
reviewed An Academic Question. May 06, 2013
An Academic Question (Plume)
A reader not familiar with the works of Barbara Pym might come away from reading An Academic Question less than enthused. Hence, it would behoove them to read her Booker Prize nominated Quartet in Autumn …
reviewed The End Of Alice. May 06, 2013
The End Of Alice
There are so many criminal happenings in society that it almost seems inevitable that a book like The End of Alice would come into print; when murder and crimes against children dominate the national …
reviewed Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. May 06, 2013
Carry On, Mr. Bowditch
Winner of the 1956 Newbery Medal for Children's Literature, Jean Lee Latham's Carry On, Mr. Bowditch tells the fascinating story of Nathaniel Bowditch, the author of the all-around and famous …
reviewed Wonderful, Wonderful Times. May 06, 2013
Wonderful, Wonderful Times
Published in 1980, Wonderful Wonderful Times is a novel whose title is a complete contradiction to anything of what the book is indicative of. Understood and accepted. For me, however, it was a confirming …
reviewed The Graveyard Book. May 06, 2013
The Graveyard Book
Once again, with imaginative and narrative skill, Neil Gaiman has created a children's book unlike any other. At once gothic and phantasmagoric, it is still, at heart, a children's story with …
reviewed A Confederacy of Dunces. May 06, 2013
Confederacy of Dunces
Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960s, A Confederacy of Dunces is a book unlike any other that I have previously read. I have often heard it referred to as THAT book, a kind of complement …
reviewed The Most Dangerous Game. May 06, 2013
The Most Dangerous Game
Winner of the 1924 O. Henry Memorial Prize for Best Short Story (the Pulitzer Prize for stories) The Most Dangerous Game, also known as "The Hounds of Zaroff," is quite a thrilling and twisting …
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