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reviewed The Cabinet of Curiosities. December 06
The Cabinet of Curiosities
"The Cabinet of Curiosities" is an exceptional read and an intelligent literary accomplishment.      In New York, a tunnel at a construction site leads to a storage area …
reviewed Worthy Brown's daughter. December 06
Worthy Brown's daughter
Phillip Margolin is one of those special authors who, when a reader picks up their book, they know they are in for an entertaining experience.      I was sent this book from Amazon …
reviewed Tragic Ground. November 09
Tragic Ground
"Tragic Ground" was written in 1944, WWII is over and many manufacturing plants that made war goods, close. Spence Douthit moved to this Southern community to work in the manufacturing …
reviewed I shall be near to you: A Novel. November 05
I shall be near to you: A Novel
In Flat Creek, New York, feelings of patriotism filled the land in 1862.      Young Rosetta Edwards falls in love with Jeremy Wakefield. They discuss his enlisting in the army as a …
reviewed An officer and a spy. October 02
An officer and a spy
This is an excellent retelling of the Alfred Dreyfus affair that was the subject on most Frenchman's minds in the mid 1890s.      As tensions worsen between France and Germany, …
posted a Quick Tip about Texasville. September 01
Texasville
It would add to the enjoyment of this book if the reader watched the movie before or after this book.
reviewed Texasville. September 01
Texasville
Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show" and the book the author wrote after "Lonesome Dove."      The story picks up 30 years after the events …
reviewed Midnight in Europe. August 09
Midnight in Europe
The reader witnesses pre war II and the Spanish Civil War.  Set in 1938, the reader learns about the fascists of National Spain fighting against the Spanish Republic.      Christian …
reviewed March: A Novel. September 30, 2013
March
    Ask me what book influenced my life the most, and I'll answer unhesitatingly: Lousia May Alcott's Little Women.  I got it for Christmas when I was in Grade Two, and began reading …
reviewed Masquerade (Korean film). July 08, 2013
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Masquerade
“Masquerade” (aka. Gwanghae: The Man Who Became King) is a film based on a real king during the Joseon era. The film is currently the 4th highest grossing Korean film of all time and has earned …
reviewed Masquerade (Korean film). June 12, 2013
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Masquerade
   The rags-to-royalty story has been done to death.  Still, every now and then, an aspiring actor or actress comes along with the right script and voila!  The past is made new again.  …
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 March: A Novel. April 03, 2013
March
As a reader and a reviewer I will confess that I was biased against the genre of historical fiction, for my image or conveyance of it was of a gothic castle, a beautiful damsel in distress and a clichéd …
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 The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel. November 24, 2012
The Charlemagne Pursuit: A Novel
Cotton Malone wants to learn more about how his father died. He knows that his father was the captain of an experimental sub that went down in Antarctica with all aboard.      …
reviewed The Rule of Four. November 17, 2012
The Rule of Four
Tom Sullivan is about to graduate from Princeton. He has an obsession inherited from his father, about the book, "Hyperotomachie Polyphile" which was published in 1499. Tom's father's …
reviewed Cold Mountain. November 11, 2012
Cold Mountain
When I started Cold Mountain I wasn't entirely sure how much I might like it (full disclosure:  I have not yet seen the movie version starring Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, and Renee Zellwegger).  …
reviewed The Hot Country. October 02, 2012
The Hot Country
In 1914 newspaper war correspondent Christopher Marlowe Cobb "Kit" goes to Mexico to report on that country's civil war.      President Huerta took over the presidency …
posted a Quick Tip about Edge of Dark Water. September 30, 2012
Edge of Dark Water
Along the trip down the Sabine River, the characters meet a family who have become hobos due to the Great Depression in Oklahoma. It would be good if the reader checked the history of this before reading …
reviewed Edge of Dark Water. September 30, 2012
Edge of Dark Water
May Lynn was an attractive sixteen-year-old with dreams of going to Hollywood.      One day a few of her friends are fishing and pull her body from their nets in the Sabine River in …
reviewed Texasville. September 18, 2012
Texasville
"Texasville" is the sequel to "The Last Picture Show."  Many years have gone by and the young characters from "The Last Picture Show," are now middle aged. The town …
reviewed Tragic Ground. September 04, 2012
Tragic Ground
Dusting off the top of  "Tragic Ground" I found a novel that was interesting to re-read.      "Tragic Ground" is an example of the naturalistic style of American …
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman
At 3% I was already in love with the "razor-sharp wit" of the characters. This is the kind of language and characters that I like and, when I find them, I just don't want to the book to …
reviewed Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. August 29, 2012
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
In 1866, there are a number of sightings of an unexplained object in the ocean. Some of these sightings are far apart from one another. When no other explanation is given, some think that this …
reviewed Empire of the Sun. August 24, 2012
Empire of the Sun
"Empire of the Sun," is a semi-autobiographical novel of when J. G. Ballard was at the Lunghua Interment Camp, as a boy, during WWII.      The story opens when the protagonist, …
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