The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin (Historical Novel, 2018). Kyung-Sook Shin is one of South Korea’s most prominent and awarded novelists. She also hit the New York Times bestseller list with Please Look After Mom. Her newest book is a historical novel, evoking the last years of the 19th century. The previously isolationist Kingdom of Korea is slowly opening […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Court Dancer"
Spy Master by Brad Thor (Spy Thriller, 2018). Brad Thor, hailed as “the ultimate thriller writer,” again unleashes super-spy Scot Harvath amid frequent bouts of action/adventure/violence in his latest novel. While he’s considering a pullback from field work in favor of taking a desk job in the private intelligence outfit his now-senile mentor founded (and maybe […]Read more "REVIEWED: Spy Master"
Charmed Bones by Carolyn Haines (Supernatural Mystery Novel, 2018). The latest Sarah Booth Delaney novel (18th in the series, if I haven’t miscounted) is a fun, cozy mystery that blends a colorful Mississippi Delta setting with often playful supernatural elements, plenty of misdirection, some romance and the expected greedy and/or murderous evil doers who must be […]Read more "REVIEWED: Charmed Bones"
The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani (Political/Cultural Essays, 2018). The author, a well-known literary critic and astute cultural observer, here offers “Notes On Falsehood In The Age Of Trump” (to quote the 208-page book’s subtitle). The book is already a best-seller, and deservedly so. It’s a levelheaded look at how respect for the facts, upon […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Death of Truth"
Head On by John Scalzi (SF/Mystery Novel, April 2018). This novel takes place in Scalzi’s near-future universe introduced in his book Lock In. A strange plague called Haden’s Syndrome (after one of earliest, most famous victims) has left one percent of the world’s population physically and completely paralyzed, though they’re still mentally aware. Thus, Hadens are said […]Read more "REVIEWED: Head On"
Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot (Memoir, 2018). Already a New York Times Bestseller, this powerful if slender volume is a memoir, though told in highly poetic and richly evocative prose. Ms. Mailhot is a Canadian-born member of the Salish People now living in the United States. She holds a M.F.A. in fiction from the Institute of […]Read more "REVIEWED: Heart Berries"
Twenty-One Days by Anne Perry (Historical Mystery Novel, April 2018). Already a best-selling author for her series of Victorian-era books featuring master-spy agency guy Thomas Pitt and his mystery-solving wife Charlotte, Anne Perry jumps forward to 1910 to begin a new series built around their son, Daniel. He’s a 25-year-old London barrister who, to start the […]Read more "REVIEWED: Twenty-One Days"