REVIEWED: Down the River unto the Sea

Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley (Crime/Mystery Novel, Feb. 2018). Mosley, the best-selling author of the Easy Rawlins series, a multiple award winner and a recognized Grand Master of the Mystery Writers of America, here unleashes yet another very strong crime/mystery story. Joe King Oliver, the book’s first-person narrator, was a New York […]

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REVIEWED: The Ninth Hour

The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott (Historical Novel, 2017). McDermott won the National Book Award in 1998 and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize multiple times. This title is my first exposure to her and I found it quite a fascinating and rewarding read. Since it’s set in the first half of the 20th Century, […]

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REVIEWED: The Night Trade

The Night Trade by Barry Eisler (Crime Fiction, 2018). This violent and effective revenge book is the latest in a series centered on Livia Lone, a police detective specializing in sex-crime cases in Seattle. A victim of human trafficking and sex abuse herself from age 13, she has a lot of issues (to put it mildly). […]

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REVIEWED: A Collection of Nightmares

A Collection of Nightmares by Christina Sng (Dark Poetry Collection, 2017). This book-length collection of Christina Sng’s poetry offers up 47 darkly fascinating poems. A horrific/doomsday tone predominates, quite often mixed with science fictional aspects. With that in mind, the frequency of narrative/story-telling poems is no surprise. Another recurrent theme interwoven in the fabric of this book […]

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REVIEWED: Future Home of the Living God

Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich (Dystopian Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This near-future novel from an award-winning/best-selling author is a dystopian nightmare. While it uses global climate change/warming as an apparent trigger for genetic changes that bring on the collapse of civilization, it can’t be classed as a ‘hard science’ novel per se. […]

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REVIEWED: Dare Not Linger

Dare Not Linger by Nelson Mandela, Mandla Langa and Graca Machel (Memoir/Biography/Recent History, 2017). While thoroughly readable and interesting, this book is a somewhat odd blend of personal memoir and political biography. It was originally conceived as the former, a direct sequel to the former South African President’s best-selling account of his life and his famous […]

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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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