The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar (Novel, 2018). Whether it’s the mood of the country/world, various authors responding to what’s in the news or just plain coinicidence, I’ve noted several recurrent themes in novels (and even nonfiction books) I’ve been reading. For one thing, I’ve been encountering plots involving women in either […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Map of Salt and Stars"
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). This is the second in a series of novels that capably blends Russian folklore/fairy tales and medieval history into spirited adventure fiction in an exotic wilderness. Arden’s first novel introduced readers to Vasya, a young noble woman with the gift of seeing supernatural creatures […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Girl in the Tower"
Black Fortunes by Shomari Wills (Socio-Economic History, 2018). This book tells of the only 6 black folks (4 women, 2 men) who were among the 4,047 millionaires in the United States in the first years after Emancipation. In the end, most of them lost much (sometimes all) of what their hard work, sheer nerve and intelligence […]Read more "REVIEWED: Black Fortunes"
Tell Tale by Jeffrey Archer (Short Story Collection, October 2017). One of the great British crime novelists of the current era, Jeffrey Archer also writes outstanding short stories. This is his first new collection in about a decade and features a wide-ranging variety of stories, including several truly outstanding efforts. Locales and subject matters covered in […]Read more "REVIEWED: Tell Tale"
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston (Historical Folk Memoir, 2018). Zora Neale Hurston was one of the bright lights in the flowering of African-American culture centered in Harlem in the 1920s. An acclaimed novelist, antropologist and folklorist, she published numerous short stories, nonfiction articles, essays and seven books in her […]Read more "REVIEWED: Barracoon"
The Shattered Lens by Jonathan Alpeyrie and Stash Luczkin (Memoir, October 2017). While still a somewhat young man, Alpeyrie was already an experienced photographer specializing in documenting various wars around the world when, in 2013 he was kidnapped by a rebel faction in Syria. In fact it was his third trip inside that world-torn country when […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Shattered Lens"
The Wanted by Robert Crais (Crime/Mystery Novel, 2017). This, the latest in a long-running PI series, is novel number 21 for Robert Crais. So it’s no surprise that it’s very capably written and involving. Devon Connor, a single mother of modest means, employs Elvis Cole to find out what her teenaged son Tyson is doing to […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Wanted"