January 1, 2020

Tenth of December, by George Saunders, seemed like an experiment to determine how many different reasons I could end a story shaking.

It turns out there are at least ten.

The inner dialogue of characters often matches what I tell myself during low times, or nervous times...

December 31, 2019

Turning Darkness into Light had all the right pieces – a fantasy Victorian world, where the heroes are linguists, archeologists, and historians. Also an ancient dragon-like creatures that have been recently discovered. It should have been amazing. And, perhaps if I’d s...

December 30, 2019

Reading Mrs. Jeffries and the Alms of the Angel is a bit like being the new kid at a school where everyone has known each other for twenty-six years (it’s an extensive, graduate-degree track school, I guess). This is the thirty-eighth Mrs. Jeffries novel that author Em...

December 28, 2019

In the throes of the Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza season, I picked up the completely seasonally and religiously appropriate . . . Japanese ghost stories.

Okay, it is not at all appropriate, but you’ll have to pardon my new obsession with Lafcadio Hearn, the 19th centu...

December 15, 2019

Favorite Quote: “Taste-testing? That’s the job I was born for. I might even put it on my business cards.”

Starting at the beginning of something – being there when the first stone is laid or the first flowers planted or, in this case, when the first book is published, i...

November 21, 2019

Favorite Quote: “ReGi pushed up and kissed the Gurkha’s leathery cheek. ‘Good luck, Uncle Gurung. You’re a little bit scary, but I love you all the same.’”

For a neo-utopian, sci-fi futuristic novel with a vengeful Ares as a principle character, Saad Z. Hossain’s novel...

November 18, 2019

Favorite Quote: “An automobile still attracted attention in the small town. Especially one with two women wanted for escape and murder sitting in the leather seats.”

The Vine Witch bridges two worlds, allowing the reader to nestle into a historical fantasy that is famil...

November 13, 2019

If you enjoy horror, don’t read it. Nothing that space clowns or Texan chainsaw murderers do can compare to the reality of these people’s lives.

Briefly, this book portrays one day in the life of a group of slave traffickers in modern Mexico. Their kidnapped victims are...

November 8, 2019

There seems to be something about the holiday season that draws me toward books on family dysfunction. The House of Brides is an engrossing title, and the book was equally suspenseful and compelling, but there is no doubt that the Summer family make the Bluths look lik...

November 4, 2019

A Catered New Year’s Eve by Isis Crawford is just the sort of cozy little murder mystery to curl up with on a blustery day. Sisters Bernie and Libby slosh their way through wind, snow, and dysfunctional family members to figure out just who the murderer is. It is a dau...

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