BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood (SF Novel, 2019). Fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid’s Tale, the misogynistic nightmare Republic of Gilead is still in power. But that power may be slipping. At the least, resistance persists, both inside and outside its borders. An endless war grinds on against California, protests mount in other neighboring countries […]

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BOOK REVIEW: Bad Things

Bad Things by Nancy Bush (Crime/Suspense Novel, July 2019). Veteran suspense writer Nancy Bush focuses her latest novel on a group of longtime friends with way too many secrets–most dating from their high school days. Ugly, even deadly secrets that even back then had cost one girl her life. Now they’re all around 30 and the […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway (Classic Novel, 1926). How many of us sit down to read older books that have been long been proclaimed ‘classics’? Like many avid readers, I tend to read more recent titles for the most part. And it is a painful truth that not all books that critics acclaim will […]

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BOOK REVIEW: The Island of Sea Women

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See (Historical Novel, 2019). An award-winning author of both Asia-focused history and best-selling fiction, Lisa See explores the once interconnected then diverging lives of a pair of free-diving women from the Korean island of Jeju. In the process, we experience the island’s unique culture and often painful histories, both […]

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BOOK REVIEW: John Woman

John Woman by Walter Mosley (Contemporary Novel, September 2018). Mosley is one of our most varied and interesting contemporary authors, not to mention frequently honored, prolific and best-selling. This time out he’s offered us a striking book that combines psychological character study, musings about the philosophy of and practice of history, the internal backbiting and politics […]

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REVIEWED: Feared

Feared by Lisa Scottoline (Mystery/Law Novel, 2018). The latest in a substantial series of fast-moving legal/mystery/thrillers from this best-selling, Edgar Award-winning author, this one finds the law form of Rosato & DiNunzio being sued for reverse discrimination. Three young lawyers claim they weren’t hired simply because they were men. Additionally, John Foxman, the firm’s only male […]

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REVIEWED: Death Doesn’t Bargain

Death Doesn’t Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon (Historical Fantasy Novel, 2018). Bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon does so many book series, in so many genres (often, as here, blending several genres together) that it’s very hard to keep up with it all. This one is the 2nd book in the Deadman’s Cross cycle. I haven’t seen the previous […]

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REVIEWED: Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil by Uzodinma Iweala (Contemporary Novel, 2018). This powerful and often engrossing novel is Iweala’s third novel. His first (Beasts of No Nation) was particularly and widely acclaimed, winning multiple awards and literary prizes. He’s a graduate of both Harvard University and the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He splits his time between […]

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REVIEWED: White Chrysanthemum

White Chrysanthemum by Mary Lynn Bracht (Historical/Contemporary Novel, 2018). Korean-American Mary Lynn Bracht’s first novel is the compelling, tragic yet love-infused story of two sisters caught up in and separated by the cruelty of modern war. In 1943, Hana is 16 and Emi is several years younger, living in a coastal village on the Korean island […]

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