Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

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 […]

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 […]

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

I borrowed this book from the local library. Before you read this review, pour yourself a cup of coffee …   In the Swedish thriller “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo“, Mikael Blomkvist, a financial journalist / magazine editor who has just lost a libel case under shadowy circumstances, is hired by multi-millionaire Henrik Vanger […]

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

I borrowed this book from the local library. Devils in Exile , a fictional story, starts out great and with a subject which speaks volumes.  Neal Maven, a loser in high school who turned out to be a lethal fighting machine in Iraq, is coming back home to…nothing. I remember taking of my uniform as […]

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

I borrowed this book from my mother. “Purge” is a fictional story tells the story of three generations of Estonian women (and the men in their lives).The book chapters jump in time to tell the tale of some horrifying events in their lives which correspond to the historical events which take Estonia, in general, and […]

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

I borrowed this book from the local public library. This attempt at biblical fiction not a re-telling of the story of Samson, but a complete overhaul of the familiar story – a re-imagining if you will. The bible doesn’t tell us much about Samson’s wife, or even Delilah (except that she was beautiful, Samson’s love, […]

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