An Amish Christmas by Cynthia Keller (Contemporary Novel, 2010). I decided I needed a break in reading the batch of zombie novels I’m reviewing for another author’s website (check out dmdraper.com/reviews, if that interests you), I picked up a copy of this at my local library. it was a welcome, maybe even a necessary change of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: An Amish Christmas"
The Proposal by Jasmine Guillory (Contemporary/Romantic Novel, 2018). Successful freelance writer Nikole (Nik) Paterson has been dating a self-involved and shallow LA actor for only 5 months. It’s totally casual and that’s fine with her. A bad ‘serious’ relationship a few years back has left her gun-shy about the very idea of love. Baseball isn’t her […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Proposal"
The Johnstown Girls by Kathleen George. (History-Related Novel, 2014). On the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Great Johnstown Flood of 1889 two journalists with a major Pittsburgh newspaper are in search of fresh angles for a series of articles on the subject. Ben Bragdon and his younger co-worker Nina Collins plan to feature an […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Johnstown Girls"
I’ve done a couple freelance review articles for horror novelist DM Draper’s website in the past. But now I’ve been asked to review a number of well-received zombie-focused works. The first two have already been published. Here are the links: http://www.dmdraper.com/reviews/cell-by-stephen-king/ http://www.dmdraper.com/reviews/patient-zero-a joe-ledger-novel/ More such reviews will be forthcoming as are some new fiction pieces […]Read more "WRITING NEWS & RANDOM LITERARY HOUSEKEEPING"
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (Heroic Fantasy Novel, 2018). This first novel is already a best-seller with a sequel soon to follow. The author is a Nigerian-American and has studied West African mythology in addition to graduating Harvard with an honors degree in literature. Her heritage and studies surely influence and contribute to […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Children of Blood and Bone"
Inglorious Basterds. 2009. Written & Directed by Quentin Tarantino. Starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger and Melanie Laurent. 2 hrs., 33 mins. Tarantino’s typically over-the-top and gory, yet quite entertaining wish-fulfillment vision of how World War Two should’ve ended is long and episodic, yet also so fast-paced and (yes) accomplished that one doesn’t mind the […]Read more "MOVIE REVIEW: Inglorious Basterds (2009)"
The regulars were out in force this evening despite (or maybe even because) it was a chilly night. In addition to the usual activities and conversations, they made a serious dent in the leftover Halloween candy (I helped in this regard, of course). The 4 youngsters (children of various adult regulars) who frequently attend were […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: 8 November 2018"