Archive for the ‘Fiction’ Category

Book Review: Eye of the Red Tsar by Sam Eastland

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 Anastasia.
In “Eye of the Red Tsar”, a fictional tale with historical accuracy, author Sam Eastland introduced his audience to the Tsar’s personal detective Inspector Pekkala. We first meet Pekkala in exile at the harsh forests of Sebria, where he works in the gulag as a tree marker.  Pekkala has survied this punishing task for almost a decade, shattering the record for a job that most people last in a few months before dying.

Book Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The book touches on many themes, such as the role Jewish writers and artists played in American pop culture (like it or not comics are American mythology). However, escapism is probably the most important theme, whether it is from Nazi occupied Europe or from one of the characters sexual identity or physical weakness.

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

The story is well written and interesting; this is a good book and deserves praise.

Book Review: Devils in Exile by Chuck Hogan

Devils in Exile is a rough, fast, flashy, tough and smart action thriller.  There are twists I saw, but – best of all – the main twists I did not see.  Chuck Hogan stays away from the troubled hero clichés and the characters in this book are created very well.

Book Review: Purge by Sofi Oksanen

“Purge” is a wonderful book; I highly recommend it to both men and women of all nations. I certainly hope more people will read this wonderful novel which, as we all know, don’t come around as often as we would like them to..

Book Review: Delilah by India Edghill

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, of the Valley of Sorek and one heck of a nag), so a lot is left to the imagination.

Book Review: An Inconvenient Elephant: A Novel by Judy Reene Singer

This is a charming book; a quick read with likable characters even thought the plot is quite predictable and somewhat unbelievable.

Book Review: The Painted Darkness by Brian James Freeman

The story is a very imaginative piece and the marketing is brilliant. Since this isn’t the type of genre I usually read I never would have been introduced to the author Brian James Freeman unless I would have been given this book for free.

Book Review: Don Quixote – by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Edith Grossman (Translator)

Even though this book was written centuries ago I found it contemporary, charming, hilarious and accessible. I believe that it is a great disservice to Cervantes that Don Quixote is being thought of as a drama only to disregard the story’s comedic aspects.

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