Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

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.

Book Review: The Hurlyburly’s Husband by Jean Teulé

A historical fiction book about the Marquis de Montespan and his new wife, Athénaïs who becomes the preferred mistress of King Louis XIV. The novel was spent many weeks topping the French charts and was translated by Alison Anderson.

Book Review: The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick

The premise is that a mentally handicapped man finds a letter his departed mom kept from Richard Gere, the famous actor and activist, and decides to spill his heart out in letters to the celebrity

Book Review: The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley

The story is more of a romance and very predictable, I found myself skimming through the last half of the book.

Book Review: Three Souls by Janie Chang

In China, 1935, Leiyin watches her own funeral and wanders why she has not been permitted to the afterlife. Leiyin discovers that she is not alone; three souls are there to guide her along the way until she make amends. But first she has to find out what she has to make amends for.

Book Review: The Plot Against America by Philip Roth

An alternative history novel which asks an question: what if America had elected a fascist government before World War II?