Fly Girls by Keith O’Brien (Historical Biography, 2018) This excellently researched and beautifully written book was a hardcover Bestseller last year and is now available in all the usual formats. It’s the riveting yet thoughtful account of a mostly forgotten period in early aviation history and of the struggles, triumphs and tragedies of the comparatively […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Fly Girls"
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 […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Testaments"
The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell (Victorian Gothic Novel, 2018). First published in the UK, Laura Purcell’s 2nd novel is a compelling and subtle, ultimately satisfying Gothic tale of early Victorian England. Purcell opens the book with a telling excerpt from “The Song of the Shirt,” a poem from that era that recounts the poverty and […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Poison Thread"
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 […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Bad Things"
Green Valley by Louis Greenberg (SF novel, June 2019). Greenberg’s novel is about a near-future where most of the world’s people have rejected the whole idea of the high-tech, always-connected and always-monitored Information Age. The book opens about a decade after this overwhelming popular uprising against the surveillance state, up to and including a ban on […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Green Valley"
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 […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Sun Also Rises"
Chaucer’s People by Liza Picard (Historical/Literary Nonfiction, American Edition 2019). Liza Picard has written a series of books on various aspects of English history. For her latest, published in England in 2017, with its American edition now out, she uses Geoffrey Chaucer’s best known work as a springboard into an entertaining and informative account of what […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Chaucer’s People"
The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper by Hallie Rubenhold (History/Investigative Journalism, 2019). There have been countless books, TV and radio shows, movies and stage plays related to the mass-murderer known as Jack the Ripper. Well-known social historian Hallie Rubenhold takes an intelligent, well-researched and breathtakingly original look at these […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: The Five"
Rewrite by Gregory Benford (SF/Time Travel Novel, 2018). A much-honored and old-school SF writer, Gregory Benford built a considerable reputation for works of a “hard science” nature. As such, some readers and critics were doubtless surprised when, in the 1970s, he produced Timescape. In general, time travel books are considered prime examples of the less-than-realistic sort of […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Rewrite"
Severance by Ling Ma (Contemporary SF Novel, 2018). This modern-day apocalypse opens in a slightly alternate version of the year 2011. While only fleetingly mentioned, this is the time of the bank bailouts and the Occupy Wall Street movement. Those protests fizzled out in this alternate history at least as quickly as in our reality. […]Read more "BOOK REVIEW: Severance"