Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Book Review: Wolf Hunt by Armand Cabasson

Wolf Hunt: The Napoleonic Murders by Armand Cabasson takes place during the Napoleonic wars while the Austrians and the French battle over some small villages by the Danube. The mystery takes second place to the author’s impressive research of the time, whether it would be battlefield tactics or a Viennese ball.

Book Review: One Night in Winter by Simon Sebag Montefiore

The center of the story is a group of kids from various classes who get arrested and interrogated. Most of the kids are children to upper class parents (generals, politicians, entertainers) and think they’ll be all right. However, Stalin sees this as an opportunity to test the loyalty of the parents to the state (meaning himself) and uses them to his benefit.

Book Review: Human Error by Shulamit Lapid

Ruth Perlmutter, a retired Mossad agent and owner of a travel agency, has been asked to investigate the murder of Arthur, and ex-colleague from the Mossad. The death leads Ruth to investigate her colleagues, find ex-lovers and
historical letters written by Theodor Herzl (the founder of the Zionist movement).

Book Review: Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

The story revolves around the French roundup of Jews during WWII. A little girl, named Sarah, which escaped death and the search for her little brother whom she locked in a cupboard before the French police took their family away.

Book Review: Countdown City by Ben H. Winters

Countdown City by Ben H. Winters finds the world 77 days before a huge meteor will hit and will end life as we know it. As expected many people are going nuts, the government declares (basically) martial law and no one is really paying attention unless you have a gun.

Book Review: The Temporary Gentleman by Sebastian Barry

It seems as if Mr. Barry put great thought into the narrative of this book. Each of us, I’m sure, can go back and point to events which, in our opinion, were either a turning point or crossroads in our linear path even though we did not know it at the time – this is what McNulty is writing about.

Book Review: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

The murder / mystery is interesting but not the center, or the strength of the story. The characters are also interesting, it takes awhile to get to know them which is not necessarily bad, but are also not the strength of the book. The book is strong with describing a society gone amok.

Guest Book Review: Damned by Chuck Palahniuk

The main character and the narrator is 13-year-old Madison Spenser. Every person can envy her life, her mother is a Hollywood star and father is a film producer. But as it turns out during the narration of dead Madison, who tells her story from Hell, she was very much unhappy and unappreciated child when she was alive.

Book Review: May Bird and the Ever After by Jodi Lynn Anderson

One day May Bird ventures further than she’s ever been and falls into the lake. As she crawls out she finds herself in the after world with ghouls, ghosts and monsters. Only the Book of the Dead can get her back to her own universe, but first she has to go through the evil Bo Cleevil.

Book Review: William Shakespeare’s the Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher

I enjoyed William Shakespeare’s Start Wars so I figure why not read William Shakespeare’s the Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher. What I found was another entertaining book which was funny and a fast read.

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