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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

The book is a good discussion starter about President Monroe, it is by no means a complete biography, but it’s not meant to be either.  The narrow scope of the book is interesting, concise and well written; a welcomed introduction a president many have forgotten.

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 liked Little Bee and the ending caught me a bit by surprise and I liked the distinct voices author Chris Cleave tries to use – it made the story more interesting and gave us a bit of background about Little Bee without having to resort to flashbacks.

Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland

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 Anastasia.
In “Eye of the Red Tsar”, a fictional tale with historical accuracy, author Sam Eastland introduced his audience to the Tsar’s personal detective Inspector Pekkala. We first meet Pekkala in exile at the harsh forests of Sebria, where he works in the gulag as a tree marker.  Pekkala has survied this punishing task for almost a decade, shattering the record for a job that most people last in a few months before dying.

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

The book touches on many themes, such as the role Jewish writers and artists played in American pop culture (like it or not comics are American mythology). However, escapism is probably the most important theme, whether it is from Nazi occupied Europe or from one of the characters sexual identity or physical weakness.

Book Review: Infamous by Ace Atkins

The story is told through the eyes of an invisible observer, a fly on the wall. We, the readers, do not hear what any of the characters think but we observe them from a close distance.The storytelling is riveting and exciting; the characters are interesting, engaging and dimensional. I don’t know if Mr. Atkins meant to make George Kelly a likable figure, but to me he was the most likeable person in this unique cast of characters.

Book Review: Booth’s Sister by Jane Singer

 From what I understand, author Jane Singer used Asia Booth’s diary as her basis for this book which makes her take on the events following the assassination of President Lincoln unique.

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

The story is well written and interesting; this is a good book and deserves praise.

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. 184 pages Publisher: Times Books Language: English ISBN-10: 0805069054 My rat­ing for James Madison — 3 Buy James Madison from Amazon.com* More Books by […]

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