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reviewed Geek Love. May 06, 2013
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn
Breathtakingly original in plot and in character creation, Geek Love is a unique work of contemporary fiction unlike any other. Initially, I wanted to dislike the story of the complex Binewski clan, …
reviewed Dracula (novel). May 06, 2013
Dracula (first edition)
In rereading Dracula-my "October" book-I discovered many nuances and subtle flaws the eluded me upon my first reading of it. They included physical descriptions of the characters and incorrect …
reviewed Hard Rain Falling. May 06, 2013
Hard Rain Falling
Hard Rain Falling tells the rough and tumble story of two marginalized men, Jack Levitt and Billy Lancing, two guys, who, from their birth onward, have been dealt a difficult hand in life, primarily …
reviewed Interpreter of Maladies. May 06, 2013
Interpreter of Maladies
Interpreter of Maladies is a remarkable first book that details the Indian-American immigrant experience as well as issues stemming from the process of Americanization and assimilation, for there are …
reviewed One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. May 06, 2013
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
What can be said about One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest that hasn't already been said? All the verbal accolades that have been deservedly heaped upon it still don't seem to be quite enough. …
reviewed Coraline (novel). May 06, 2013
Coraline (novel)
Coraline tells the fascinating story of young Coraline Jones, a smart, feisty, curious and adventurous young girl who is somewhat neglected by her workaholic yet loving parents, a young-en who craves …
reviewed The Eye of the World: Book One of the.... April 17, 2013
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Upon finishing Gorge RR Martins "A Song of Ice and Fire" a friend recommended that I read one of the all-time classics of the fantasy genera, The Wheel of Time. Upon reading up on the series, …
In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an
Larson turns his story telling skill to an amazing slice of history from a time most Americans, Germans, and citizens of the world would like to forget.  In 1933, as America was still deep in Depression …
reviewed The Year of Magical Thinking. April 03, 2013
Year of Magical Thinking
Joan Didion, one of America's foremost journalists and writers, tackles a universal experience in The Year of Magical Thinking, that of dying, death, loss and grief. Ever the practitioner of the …
posted a Quick Tip about Watchmen (graphic novel). March 18, 2013
Watchmen
Although comic books have been evolving for years, I really think it was the publication of WATCHMEN which proved to general audiences that the medium could have narratives worthy of effective literature.  …
posted a Quick Tip about Wuthering Heights. January 11, 2013
Wuthering Heights
There's something rotten in the manor of Wuthering Heights. A young boy is hanging up puppies like decorations, an elderly servant can't speak comprehensible English, and the master of the house …
reviewed Tularosa. January 07, 2013
Tularosa
Kevin Kerney is approached by his old friend and fellow officer, Terry Yazzi, to help find Terry's son, Sammy. Kerney is Sammy's god-father but Kevin has no love for Terry.  Terry's problem …
reviewed the panther. December 28, 2012
the panther
I've been in the hospital for the last five days and then five more recuperating at home.  To listen to this fun story has made the time pass in a faster fashion.      The …
reviewed The Hunger Games. December 20, 2012
The Hunger Games: Book 1
We're all familiar with the old storytelling trope about the evil empire oppressing the good guys who are helpless to do anything about it. Those actual stories, though, have one particular thing in common: …
reviewed "The Panther". December 17, 2012
John Corey and his wife, Kate Mayfield, are asked to be part of a group to go to Yemen and find a terrorist and then either arrest the terrorist or kill him.      The Panther is a …
reviewed Big Trouble. December 13, 2012
Big Trouble
This zany story takes place in the Coconut Grove section of Miami, Florida.      Two high school boys are playing a game called killer. The rules are to use their water gun and shoot …
reviewed Schindler's List (book). December 08, 2012
Schindler's Ark
Every one who is serious about life and movies has already seen Spielberg's classic film--seemingly every one but me, that is.  I have resisted tearing off the scab of recent history and horror.  …
reviewed A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel. December 05, 2012
A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel
Dealing with a health issue and wanting a good story I could listen to, I tried "A Wanted Man," written by Lee Child and read by Dick Hall. The result was an unexciting, boring story.   …
reviewed "The Thieves of Legend: A Thriller". December 05, 2012
In "The Thieves of Legend: A Thriller," Richard Doetsch provides a well written story dealing with greed, master thieves, and family relationships,set in the exotic worlds of Beijing …
reviewed Haunted Ground: A Novel. December 01, 2012
Haunted Ground: A Novel
Picture a place in Ireland where a farmer is cutting turf in a peak bog on a chilly April morning. Something catches in the man's cutting tool and when he finds it is the head of a young woman. The …
reviewed The White Road. December 01, 2012
The White Road
P.I. Charlie Parker is living in Maine with his lover, Rachel. She is happily pregnant with Charlie's child.      Charlie is asked by Elliot Norton, an old friend from …
reviewed The Beautiful Mystery. November 21, 2012
The Beautiful Mystery
Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his second-in-command, Jean-Guy Beauvoir are called to investigate a murdered body at a cloistered monastery.      The choir director has been murdered …
reviewed Flowers At Midnight a book. November 19, 2012
Flowers At Midnight a book
In a fast moving, noir, crime novel, the action begins when an exotic dancer has a romantic liaison with a wealthy, high ranking politician. She agrees to his sexual fantasy and her boyfriend …
reviewed Luther: The Calling. November 12, 2012
Luther: The Calling
Neil Cross is the creator and writer for the BBC crime series "Luther" for which he has won an Edgar Award.      "Luther: The Calling" is the first book in a series …
reviewed swann dives in. November 12, 2012
swann dives in
Henry Swann is a skip tracer and tries to find people who have jumped their bail.      A wealthy attorney hires him to find his rebellious daughter who he hasn't heard from. She's …
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