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Book Review: The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson

I borrowed this book from the local library. Let me start by saying that I’m glad that the good folks in the Larssonverse have laid off the coffee a bit. It can be dangerous for your health to drink so much coffee. “The Girl Who Played with Fire” is the second book in a fictional trilogy […]

Book Review: James Monroe by Gary Hart

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. James Monroe is a short biography written by Gary Hart (US Senator, D – CO) about the fifth president of the United States.  James […]

Beirut 39: New Writing from the Arab World Edited by Samuel Shimon

Disclaimer: I got this book as an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) for free. “Beirut 39” is a collection of stories and poems, edited by Samuel Shimon.  The collection is the product of a literary competition in the Arab world, young authors and poets, all under 40 years of age, competed in a contest sponsored by, […]

Book Review: Little Bee by Chris Cleave

I bought this book. “Little Bee” is the fictional story of a Nigerian teenager named aptly named Little Bee whose family had the misfortune of living in a small village on a valuable Nigerian oil deposits. Little Bee meets British magazine editor Sarah O’Rourke on a beach in Nigeria and their lives are changed and […]

Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland

I borrowed this book from the local library. There is something about the Romanov’s which has always been lighting up people’s imaginations, whether it’s the rumors about their death (helped immensely by misinformation from the Russian government), or the enormous wealth symbolized by the fabulous Faberge eggs or the legends of the survival of Princess […]

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

I bought this book. “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” is one of the most remarkable works of fiction I have ever read. Even though this story is about the comic book world, there are very few comic / pop references, and none which are required to enjoy the book. This is a big […]

Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins

I borrowed this book form the local library. “Infamous” is the first novel I read by author Ace Atkins and after this I intend to read more. The subject of this historical fiction book is the kidnapping of oil magnate Charles Urschel by George “Machine Gun” Kelly and his wife Kathryn. The year is 1933, […]

Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

Disclaimer: I got this e-book for free in exchange for a review.     “Booth’s Sister” is a historical fiction novel which tells the story of Asia Booth Clarke who is placed under house arrest the night her brother shot President Lincoln. The book is divided into two parts, part one is when Asia reflects on […]

Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

I borrowed this book from the local library. Before you read this review, pour yourself a cup of coffee …   In the Swedish thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“, Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist / magazine editor who has just lost a libel case under shadowy circumstances, is hired by multi-millionaire Henrik Vanger […]

Book Review: James Madison by Garry Wills

I borrowed this book from the local library. I set a goal to read, in order, all of the biographies of the presidents of the United States who have passed away. This short biography of James Madison focuses on his time as president of the United States – imagine a biography of Miguel de Cervantes […]

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