The Dark Light-Years by Brian Aldiss (Science Fiction Novel, 1964). Aldiss, one of the Grand Masters of science fiction’s New Wave, recently died. This inspired me to dig out my somewhat ancient paperback copy of this novel to reread (after multiple decades). It’s very brief as novels go today (128 pages in my Signet paperback edition) […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Dark Light Years"
Be Free Or Die by Cate Lineberry (Nonfiction/Civil War History, 2017). About a year into America’s Civil War, a enslaved man named Robert Smalls made an epic break for freedom from that hotbed of succession, Charleston, South Carolina. A skilled boatman and born leader, he was by this time the de facto pilot of a steamer […]Read more "REVIEWED: Be Free Or Die"
My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith. (Romantic Novel, 2016). I’m a big fan of McCall Smith’s charming No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, set in the small African nation of Botswana. This unrelated work, a one-shot published in the UK in 2016 and now available in the US, is almost as endearing–with enjoyable characters and […]Read more "REVIEWED: My Italian Bulldozer"
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Mystery Novel, 2017). Reichs is of course best known for the books featuring Temperance Brennan (and the Bones TV series that sprang from them). She’s also co-authored (with her son) a series of Young Adult focused books. This–her latest–is neither. It’s a sometimes grim, but exciting crime/missing person story centered around an embittered […]Read more "REVIEWED: Two Nights"
The Beach Head by Christopher Mari. (Christian SF Novel, 2017). This one is an explicitly Christian-based post-Apocalypse in science fictional form. Our main characters, John and Kendra, are officers with New Philadelphia’s Defense Forces. This great walled city houses what inhabitants believe to be the last surviving remnants of the human race. We’re told that, as per the Book […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Beach Head"
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe. (Historical Novel/Classic Literature, 1852). This anti-slavery epic from shortly before the American Civil War is of great historical significance (Lincoln himself claimed that it played a major part in bringing on the war itself). It was certainly in its time an influential and controversial book. Yet as a famous […]Read more "REVIEWED: Uncle Tom’s Cabin"