The Shattered Lens by Jonathan Alpeyrie and Stash Luczkin (Memoir, October 2017). While still a somewhat young man, Alpeyrie was already an experienced photographer specializing in documenting various wars around the world when, in 2013 he was kidnapped by a rebel faction in Syria. In fact it was his third trip inside that world-torn country when […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Shattered Lens"
The Wanted by Robert Crais (Crime/Mystery Novel, 2017). This, the latest in a long-running PI series, is novel number 21 for Robert Crais. So it’s no surprise that it’s very capably written and involving. Devon Connor, a single mother of modest means, employs Elvis Cole to find out what her teenaged son Tyson is doing to […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Wanted"
Year One by Nora Roberts (SF/F Novel, December 2017). Is it the tense times we live in that has so many authors exploring the theme of society collapsing via assorted doomsday scenarios? Of course the post-holocaust world is a long-established theme in science fiction and also crops up in supernatural fantasy from time to time. Here, […]Read more "REVIEWED: Year One"
Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Contemporary Novel, 2018). This powerful and often engrossing novel is Iweala’s third novel. His first (Beasts of No Nation) was particularly and widely acclaimed, winning multiple awards and literary prizes. He’s a graduate of both Harvard University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He splits his time between […]Read more "REVIEWED: Speak No Evil"
Bringing Columbia Home by Michael D. Leinbach & Jonathan H. Ward, with foreword by Robert Crippen and epilogue by Eileen Collins (Nonfiction, 2018). Some 15 years ago, the space shuttle Columbia’s damaged heatshield led to a disastrous and deadly breakup after reentering Earth’s atmosphere. All seven astronauts were killed and a grim debris field spread along a 250-mile […]Read more "REVIEWED: Bringing Columbia Home"
Turkey Trot Murder by Leslie Meier (Mystery Novel, October 2017). The lead character in this cozy mystery series, Lucy Stone, is a middle aged, happily married woman who works as a reporter for the local weekly newspaper in her small New England town. This time, she’s out for a run, training for the local Thanksgiving Day […]Read more "REVIEWED: Turkey Trot Murder"
Brotopia by Emily Chang (Nonfiction, 2018). The author is an experienced business reporter and TV host specializing in the high tech world and this is a steady, relentlessly focused piece of investigative journalism. It’s already a national bestseller, so it probably doesn’t need my help in gaining attention. Nonetheless, I feel like adding my voice to […]Read more "REVIEWED: Brotopia"
White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht (Historical/Contemporary Novel, 2018). Korean-American Mary Lynn Bracht’s first novel is the compelling, tragic yet love-infused story of two sisters caught up in and separated by the cruelty of modern war. In 1943, Hana is 16 and Emi is several years younger, living in a coastal village on the Korean island […]Read more "REVIEWED: White Chrysanthemum"