Ian McKellen: A Biography by Garry O’Connor (Biography, November 2019). Garry O’Connor is a writer from the UK, best known for books about the lives of notable theatrical performers, playwrights and authors. He’s been around the theater world for years and, in addition to his personal experiences and contacts, he always does extensive research into […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Ian McKellen: A Biography"
This very ambitious and largely successful debut novel is a thick (532-page) and generally very well-paced blend of alternate history and hard-science-based space adventure. In this book’s universe, humanity had early space shuttles as early as World War I (!), astronomers discovered an Earth-like planet in one of the nearer star systems years later and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Do You Dream of Terra-Two?"
FICTION PUBLICATIONS: I had 3 new stories published in 2019: “The Wounded Nark” (SF Story) published in the US-based print/electronic magazine OUTPOSTS OF BEYOND. “Sarcophagus Birthdays” (SF Story) also in OUTPOSTS OF BEYOND. “Alien Mating Habits: A Brief Overview” (Satirical SF Story) in the European-based online magazine SCI PHI JOURNAL. I also had one previously […]Read more "2019: Recap of My Year of Modest Publishing Successes"
Much-honored mystery writer Simon Brett returns yet again to the somewhat funky English coastal town of Fethering for his latest tale of cozy murder and wry wit. As usual, the local police are mostly faceless and ineffective. So when Leonard Mallett takes a fatal tumble down the stairs at his house, they’re inclined to write […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Killer in the Choir"
The Old Success by Martha Grimes (Mystery Novel, November 2019). Mystery writer Martha Grimes has more than 30 published books to her credit. The Old Success, her latest, is the 25th book about an ace British crime-solver named Richard Jury. With such an extensive series, one would expect a considerable back-story involving Inspector Jury being in […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Old Success"
The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell (Victorian Gothic Novel, 2018). First published in the UK, Laura Purcell’s 2nd novel is a compelling and subtle, ultimately satisfying Gothic tale of early Victorian England. Purcell opens the book with a telling excerpt from “The Song of the Shirt,” a poem from that era that recounts the poverty and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Poison Thread"
Chaucer’s People by Liza Picard (Historical/Literary Nonfiction, American Edition 2019). Liza Picard has written a series of books on various aspects of English history. For her latest, published in England in 2017, with its American edition now out, she uses Geoffrey Chaucer’s best known work as a springboard into an entertaining and informative account of what […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Chaucer’s People"
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (History/Investigative Journalism, 2019). There have been countless books, TV and radio shows, movies and stage plays related to the mass-murderer known as Jack the Ripper. Well-known social historian Hallie Rubenhold takes an intelligent, well-researched and breathtakingly original look at these […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Five"
Murder in Bloomsbury by D.M. Quincy (Historical Mystery Novel, February 2018). An award-winning journalist, D.M. Quincy turned to fictional crime successfully with Murder in Mayfair, a historical mystery set in early 19th century England. That introduced readers to Atlas Catesby, an aristocratic world traveler turned amateur detective. Here, Catesby and those around him return to get involved […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Murder in Bloomsbury"
War of the Wolf by Bernard Cornwell (Historical Novel, 2018). By my count this is the eleventh novel in Cornwell’s sprawling Saxon Tales series. As usual, the main character, Uhtred of Bebbanburg, narrates the book with a keen eye and ever-growing self-awareness. And yet, as ever, he remains dedicated to the cultural imperative central to his […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: War of the Wolf"