REVIEWED: Gwendy’s Button Box

Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King and Richard Chizmar (Dark Fantasy Novella, 2017). Richard Chizmar, a multiple award-winning author (and editor and publisher) has teamed up with the incomparable Stephen King to produce one of the most evocative, insightful and powerfully humane short novels of dark fantasy/contemporary horror in recent memory. The book opens in the […]

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REVIEWED: Gabriel’s Angel

Gabriel’s Angel by Nora Roberts (Romance Novel, 1989). Roberts is, of course, one of the most honored and best-selling authors of our time. She’s also adept at many distinct genres. This time out, she offers up a very good contemporary romance–one that isn’t sappy, but genuine and sexy. This one plays capably with a social class […]

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REVIEWED: Sip

Sip by Brian Allen Carr (Post-Apocalyptic Novel, 2017). A winner of a couple literary awards for his short writings, Mr. Carr ventures into post-apocalyptic territory for his first novel. I’m not about to dismiss it as truly bad sci-fi, but don’t expect anything in the way ‘hard’ SF. Sip is more a blend of satirical or maybe even somewhat […]

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REVIEWED: Empress of the East

Empress of the East by Leslie Peirce (Historical Biography, 2017). Leslie Peirce is a recognized authority on the Ottoman Empire and its unique royal harem practices. She takes on her most challenging topic yet in this striking account of the one woman who rose from slavery to be the legal wife of a great Sultan and […]

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REVIEWED: Penhale Wood

Penhale Wood by Julia Thomas (Mystery Novel, 2017). This new mystery is about a cold case and has a pronounced focus on the motivations, psychologies and obsessions of its characters (even the relatively minor ones). It will definitely appeal to readers who like a multi-layered narrative with subplots, some only tenuously connected to the case itself. […]

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REVIEWED: Grant

Grant by Ron Chernow (Historical Biography, 2017). Chernow, an award-winning biographer, tackles another key figure in American history in this, his latest book. He produces a richly detailed and forthright account of the man known to us as US Grant. With obvious sympathy and appreciation of his subject’s often underrated abilities, Chernow nonetheless doesn’t shy away […]

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