Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Book Review: And Some Fell on Stony Ground by Leslie Mann

The story takes place over a course of about 12 hours, but much of the story is told in flashbacks and memories which are triggered by external events which the protagonist, a flier named Leslie Mason, experiences. Mason is experiencing a profound sense of loss almost every waking moment due to his luck of having survived many missions, but loosing many friends who did not have such good fortune. In his depressed state, Mason is concerned only with the present and survival, not concerned about past or future.

Book Review: Nemesis by Jo Nesbø

I did not read this book in English, which gave me a different perspective on the Harry Hole novels. For example, the name itself in English is Harry Hole, but translated in another language with different emphasis and sounds it is more like Hari Hølā (Hoo-laa), a little point which I really enjoyed. Of course, the Norwegian names were difficult to pronounce, but that is part of the charm of translated novels.

Book Review: Maggie’s Wars by Phil Pisani

I did enjoy the premise of the story, which seemed to be edited heavily to the point where character development took a second seat to length. A quick, quirky read with a noir feel about a feisty lady and a soldier, both trying to make a difference out of place.

Book Review: The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern

Bernie Karp, a 15 year old couch potato, son to a successful businessman in Memphis, TN accidentally stumbles upon a froze rabbi in the basement’s freezer. When asked, Bernie’s father explains that: “. “Some people got taxidermied pets in the attic, we got a frozen rabbi in the basement. It’s a family tradition.”

Book Review: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet

I found the author’s explanation about buildings, how technology developed to make the buildings stronger, very interesting. The historical fiction aspect of the novel, how people lived, worked and acted during the 12th Century England, was also engaging.

Book Review: Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

My boy loved the book and listened intently to the trials and tribulations of Little Willey, the protagonist. He had an easy time following the narrative and found the story gripping.

Book Review: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

I did not know what to expect, I knew it wouldn’t be a magnificent piece of literature, but I have heard many positive reviews and several bad ones.

Book Review: The Tenth Chamber by Glenn Cooper

A 14th Century book is found hidden in a wall in a monastery, inside it there is a map which points to a cave filled with outstanding paintings on its walls. The book is sent to Paris for restoration where Hugo Pineau, a literary historian, enlists the help of Luc Simard, an archaeologist to find the cave.

Book Review: Chinese Cooking for Diamond Thieves by Dave Lowry

This novel was a delightful summer read, quick, funny and easy to ingest. The storytelling and dialog are sharp and funny, and the characters are engaging and natural.

Book Review: World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters

About: World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters is the last book in a trilogy starring detective Hank Palace taking place when the world is about the end. The first two books The Last Policeman and Countdown City were a good read and I was looking forward to reading the ending of the trilogy. 320 […]

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