The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2019). A winner of the National Book Award for one of his highly respected and best-selling non-fiction books on the black experience in American life, Coates takes a magic-informed look at slavery and the Underground Railroad in this, his fiction debut. It’s a fine and successful […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Water Dancer"
Whiskers in the Dark: A Mrs. Murphy Mystery by Rita Mae Brown & Sneaky Pie Brown (Talking Animals/Cozy Mystery, 2019). Rita Mae Brown and her feline companion/co-author have offered up another multi-era cozy featuring Mrs. Murphy, the wise crime-solving cat, her various non-human sidekicks and the assorted clueless humans they routinely assist. In this charming […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Whiskers in the Dark"
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?"
The latest from one of SF’s brightest and most imaginative newer writers, ESCAPING EXODUS is Nicky Drayden’s 3rd novel . This time out, Drayden takes the familiar trope of colonists who escaped a doomed Earth in generational sub-light ships in search of new habitable worlds and turns it all upside down in her own brilliantly […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Escaping Exodus"
Almost 40 years after Gorky Park, Martin Cruz Smith returns with the 9th novel about stalwart Russian detective Arkady Renko. Somehow, Renko is still surviving as an honest, resourceful and determined cop in the corruption-plagued land of Vladimir Putin. Is the man supernaturally vigorous? The question deserves thought, considering that here, again, he is subjected […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Siberian Dilemma"
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"
Considering the dozens of books Christine Feehan has published, her status as a repeatedly Best Selling author and the fact that several critics have dubbed her the “queen of paranormal romance,” I found this volume somewhat disappointing. This is the third novel in her Shadow Riders series and that may be part of the problem–coming […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Shadow Keeper"