Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Book Review: The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

I borrowed this book. “The Lacuna” by Barbara Kingsolver is the fictional story of Harrison William Sheppard, a quite boy of a dull American bureaucrat and a saucy Mexican mother.  Sheppard, as he prefers to be called, spends his childhood with his mother in Mexico filling out notebooks with stories and memories while she chases […]

Book Review: The Unlikely Spy by Daniel Silva

I borrowed this book from the local library. Disclaimer: I’m a sucker for WWII and / or spy books “The Unlikely Spy” by Daniel Silva is a fictional, fast paced page turner, set mostly in days preceding the Normandy invasion in WWII. The story’s unlikely hero is a university professor Alfred Vicray who was recruited […]

Book Review: Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

I borrowed this book. “Let the Great World Spin” by Colum McCann is a series of well written short stories, which ultimately get intertwined. These fictional stories happen around the cultural touchstone of Philippe Petit stringing a cable between the two towers of the World Trade Center and walking the distance, to the amazement of […]

Book Review: The Invisible Mountain by Carolina de Robertis

I borrowed this book from the local library. “The Invisible Mountain” by Carolina de Robertis starts off with a miracle. In the first day of the twentieth century a baby girl, who disappeared from a village after her mother died giving birth to her, was found on top of a tree, that little girl is […]

Book Review: The Confirmation by Ralph Reed

I got this book for free. “The Confirmation” by Ralph Reed is a fictional political thriller set in the near future. The book starts with the election of Bob Long for the presidency. President Long is the first independent president and, even though he doesn’t know it, is in for rollercoaster ride. Early in Long’s […]

Book Review: Dirty Little Angels by Chris Tusa

Disclaimer: I received this ebook for free. Giveaway: Author Chris Tusa has kindly made free eBooks available to five(5) lucky winners who will be randomly chosen on Saturday, September 3, 2010.  Entry form below. “Dirty Little Angels” by Chris Tusa is a short novel, or a long short story depending on how you look at […]

Book Review: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

 I bought this eBook. “Cutting for Stone” by Abraham Verghese if a fictional book set mostly in Ethiopia and the latter part of the book in the United States which tells the story of identical twins born to a British surgeon and a nun. Shiva and Marion Praise Stone, sons to Dr. Thomas Stone and […]

Book Review: A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True by Brigid Pasulka

I borrowed this book from the local library. “A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True” by Brigid Pasulka is a fascinating fictional book tells the stories of two generations of the same family in Poland. The chapters alternated between the grandparents’ experience in WWII war years & beyond, and their granddaughter’s life in the […]

Book Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

I bought this eBook as “The Complete Wizard of Oz Collection” Coinciding with the movie’s 71st anniversary. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum is the first of 15 books in the fictional Oz series and tells the story of Dorothy, a girl from Kansas who was swooped with her dog Toto by a […]

Book Review: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson

The third book of the series if finely crafted much like the first.  Larsson does a skillful job at interlacing between the good and the bad, the intelligence agencies, the police and the media.  While the first book was about corporate takedowns, the second about the sex traffickers this one is more of a courtroom drama.  .There are still many elements which the first two books incorporate: Salander and Blomkovist punish their enemies, strong female characters, relaxed attitude toward sex and, as mentioned, strong opinions about government, corporations and sleazeballs in general..

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