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Book Review: The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva

I borrowed this book from the local library. “The Kill Artist” tells the fictional story of Gabriel Alon, a former Israeli agent who has retired to a life of an art restorer, his former cover which became his occupation. Alon is called back for duty one last time to stop an old enemy who is […]

Book Review: The Gates: A Novel by John Connolly

I borrowed this book from the local library.     “The Gates” is a fictional story by Irish author John Connolly, which introduces us to Samuel Johnson and his beloved dachshund Boswell. Samuel is a strange boy who likes to confuse his teachers and dreams of getting his soon-to-be-divorced parents back together. In order to […]

Book Review: The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid: A Memoir by Bill Bryson

I borrowed this book from my sister. “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” is a wonderful and witty memoir of Bill Bryson‘s childhood journey through the 1950’s. Mr. Bryson goes back to the absurdity of the golden age of no seatbelts, no airbags, helmets, and bottled water or knee pads. An age where […]

Book Review: The Ice Princess by Camilla Läckberg

I bought this eBook. “The Ice Princess” is an intriguing crime fiction novel by Swedish author Camilla Läckberg.  The novel tells about writer Erica Falck who comes back to her hometown, a small fishing village, only to find her childhood girlfriend, Alex, dead.  At first it seems that Alex has committed suicide, but then the […]

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 […]

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