Penhale Wood by Julia Thomas (Mystery Novel, 2017). This new mystery is about a cold case and has a pronounced focus on the motivations, psychologies and obsessions of its characters (even the relatively minor ones). It will definitely appeal to readers who like a multi-layered narrative with subplots, some only tenuously connected to the case itself. […]Read more "REVIEWED: Penhale Wood"
Grant by Ron Chernow (Historical Biography, 2017). Chernow, an award-winning biographer, tackles another key figure in American history in this, his latest book. He produces a richly detailed and forthright account of the man known to us as US Grant. With obvious sympathy and appreciation of his subject’s often underrated abilities, Chernow nonetheless doesn’t shy away […]Read more "REVIEWED: Grant"
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter (Historical Young Adult Novel, 1953). This brief (159 pages) YA book is considered a classic. A tale of a young man caught between two cultures, one he was born into and one he’s grown up in, who finds that he is tragically unable to fully embrace either. It’s […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Light in the Forest"
A Hiss Before Dying by Rita Mae Brown and Sneaky Pie Brown (Cat Detective Novel, 2017). Yes, our favorite feline co-author and her human helper are at it again. The title is, of course, a playful pun on a classic hardboiled mystery novel (shame on you for two weeks, if you can’t puzzle out which one). […]Read more "REVIEWED: A HISS BEFORE DYING"
Here’s the front and back covers of issue #3 of Skelos, a print magazine of weird fiction and fantasy. I’m proud to say I have work here–though my contribution is a mere book review article. But this one is chocked full of a wide range of fiction, poetry and nonfiction from such respected and award winning […]Read more "Skelos 3: Now available from Amazon Books!"
Endurance by Scott Kelly (and Margaret Lazarus Dean) (Memoir, 2017). In this book, veteran astronaut Scott Kelly tells his life story, with particular focus on his final space mission—-in which he and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko spent a record 340 days on the International Space Station. This was designed as a test of how such an […]Read more "REVIEWED: Endurance"
The Mysterious Private Thompson by Laura Leedy Gansler (Civil War History, 2017). This true story is a carefully researched and capably written book from the author of an earlier book acclaimed by the LA Times as a Best book of 2002. It’s the latest (and the most even-handed) effort to tell the life of Sarah Emma Edmonds, the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Mysterious Private Thompson"