My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith. (Romantic Novel, 2016). I’m a big fan of McCall Smith’s charming No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, set in the small African nation of Botswana. This unrelated work, a one-shot published in the UK in 2016 and now available in the US, is almost as endearing–with enjoyable characters and […]Read more "REVIEWED: My Italian Bulldozer"
Two Nights by Kathy Reichs (Mystery Novel, 2017). Reichs is of course best known for the books featuring Temperance Brennan (and the Bones TV series that sprang from them). She’s also co-authored (with her son) a series of Young Adult focused books. This–her latest–is neither. It’s a sometimes grim, but exciting crime/missing person story centered around an embittered […]Read more "REVIEWED: Two Nights"
The Beach Head by Christopher Mari. (Christian SF Novel, 2017). This one is an explicitly Christian-based post-Apocalypse in science fictional form. Our main characters, John and Kendra, are officers with New Philadelphia’s Defense Forces. This great walled city houses what inhabitants believe to be the last surviving remnants of the human race. We’re told that, as per the Book […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Beach Head"
I’d Die for You (and other lost stories) by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Story Collection, 2017). Yes, the much-honored (even revered) author of The Great Gatsby, This Side of Paradise and Tender is the Night has a new short story collection out. It includes a whopping 16 never-before-published pieces and 2 never included in any of his several previous collections. Pretty neat […]Read more "REVIEWED: I’d Die For You (and other lost stories)"
Last Day on Mars by Kevin Emerson (SF Novel/First of Trilogy, 2017). This, the first book in the Chronicle of the Dark Star trilogy, is a rollicking space opera adventure of the relatively near future (the main body of the novel is set in earth year 2213). It bears comparison to much of Heinlein’s classic juveniles–both […]Read more "REVIEWED: Last Day on Mars"
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. (Popular Science Book, 2017). As the title suggests, this rather slim volume (209 pages, not counting the index) provides a crisp and quickly paced overview of current space science knowledge. Tyson includes thumbnail background histories of how the relevant theories have evolved and have been verified […]Read more "REVIEWED: Astrophysics For People in a Hurry"
The Ends of the Earth by Robert Goddard (Historical Espionage Novel, 2015/2017). Not to be confused with nautical historical adventure series by William Golding, this is the concluding volume of a spy/revenge/mystery trilogy set in the confused aftermath of World War I. James Maxted (Max to his friends) was an ace fighter pilot during the Great War. He […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Ends of the Earth"