Feast of Sorrow by Crystal King. (Historical Novel, April 2017). This unusually good first novel is a well-researched, discerning and ultimately quite poignant book about life in Ancient Rome. Thrasius, an educated slave with special culinary skills, movingly narrates this first-person tale. While he is a fictional character, many of those he comes into contact with […]Read more "REVIEWED: Feast Of Sorrow"
The Wangs vs. The World by Jade Chang (Satirical Novel, 2016). A satire on family conflict and the materialistic side of the American Dream, this good first novel is about a Chinese-American family dealing with a sudden fall from economic grace, courtesy the Great Recession, circa 2008. Charles, the Wang family’s middle-aged patriarch, came to California […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Wangs Vs. The World"
Flesh Eaters by Mark Trimeloni (Sci-Fi/Horror novel, 1997) This self-published first novel has its problems, but also features several unusual and interesting features. In the early stages of their planned conquest of Earth, a bunch of aliens of the body-snatching variety have chosen a rather unusual first target: a community of dedicated nudists. More than […]Read more "Reviewed: FLESH EATERS"