Cherokee America by Margaret Verble (Historical Novel, 2019). Maud’s Line, Margaret Verble’s debut novel, was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. I haven’t read that one, but I gather it was, like Cherokee America, a historical novel inspired in part by the novelist’s family history. As Verble explains in a 3-page Author’s Note after the book, Cherokee America‘s plot is entirely […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Cherokee America"
The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Historical Novel, 2019). An award-winning author of both Asia-focused history and best-selling fiction, Lisa See explores the once interconnected then diverging lives of a pair of free-diving women from the Korean island of Jeju. In the process, we experience the island’s unique culture and often painful histories, both […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Island of Sea Women"
Alliance Rising by C. J. Cherryh and Jane S. Fancher (SF Novel, January 2019). Co-writing with spouse Jane S. Fancher, multiple Award-Winning SF superstar C. J. Cherryh returns to her long-running Alliance-Union Universe with this fine novel. The action centers around Alpha, orbiting Bernard’s Star and thus one of the nearest space-stations to Earth. Humans began […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Alliance Rising"
Red Moon by Kim Stanley Robinson (SF Novel, October 2018). One of the current leaders in ‘hard’ SF, Kim Stanley Robinson turns his eye to our one natural satellite about 30 years in the future. And along with rigorous depictions of various lunar landscapes and how humans react to the moon’s slight gravity, Robinson (as always) […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Red Moon"
Wild Bill: The True Story of the American Frontier’s First Gunfighter by Tom Clavin (History/Biography, February 2019). Tom Clavin, a best-selling and multiple award-winning historical writer, ably follows up his history of one of the Wildest of the Wild West’s cow-towns (Dodge City) with this carefully researched and entertainingly written account of James Butler (“Wild Bill”) […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Wild Bill"
Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking (Science Essays, 2018). The most renowned scientist since Einstein, Stephen Hawking had assembled the ten essays on major (and in some ways controversial) science-and-philosophy-related issues facing the world’s people before his death. Now they have been published posthumously, book-ended by thoughtful remembrances of the man by actor […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Brief Answers to the Big Questions"
Rewrite by Gregory Benford (SF/Time Travel Novel, 2018). A much-honored and old-school SF writer, Gregory Benford built a considerable reputation for works of a “hard science” nature. As such, some readers and critics were doubtless surprised when, in the 1970s, he produced Timescape. In general, time travel books are considered prime examples of the less-than-realistic sort of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Rewrite"