Category: 'Book Reviews'

Category archives are in date order with the oldest posts first.

The Earthquake Bird

Sunday, February 3rd, 2002

The Earthquake Bird.
Susanna Jones.
Mysterious Press, New York. 2001

My Cousin Rachel

Sunday, June 30th, 2002

My Cousin Rachel.
Daphne du Maurier.

Aubrey/Maturin Novels

Sunday, January 25th, 2004

Nothing in my history could predict I would love twenty books about two men fighting naval battles in the Napoleonic Wars, but I do!

In His Arms

Wednesday, December 15th, 2004

In His Arms: A Novel.
Camille Laurens. Translated by Ian Monk.
Random House. 2000.
ISBN 0-375-50652-7

Alamo House

Monday, July 17th, 2006

I’m biased towards novels that evoke a concrete sense of place. Bram Stoker described Whitby so accurately that I felt giddy with recognition when I saw it. Fiction makes familiar the streets of San Francisco, the burroughs of New York, and the glitter of LA. However, portrayals of Smalltown, USA, tend more toward the metaphorical […]

Shanghai Diary

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

I finished reading Shanghai Diary within 24 hours of buying it. The memoir of an eleven year old girl who, in 1939, retrieves her father from the Gestapo and escapes Germany with her parents is a compelling read. In any Hollywood movie, the escape would have signalled the happy ending. However, most of the world […]

The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

These days it seems that anything written by a woman gets lumped into the “chick lit” bin. However, I think The Girls’ Guide… truly qualifies for that label and it reminds me that I’m really not a girly girl. I’ve never seen a single episode of Sex in the City either. I like the main […]

The Mote in God’s Eye

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I pulled The Mote in God’s Eye off AJM’s stack of books to be discarded. I’d read another Niven-Pournelle novel, Oath of Fealty in the mid 1980s and enjoyed it. AJM didn’t like their style and abandoned The Mote in God’s Eye early into it. One of the things Niven-Pournelle do well in both books […]

Life Among the Savages

Saturday, February 19th, 2011

Shirley Jackson is the original Mommy-blogger. Or would be today. In her day she sold her stories to women’s magazines. Life Among the Savages (four children and small town locals) is grimly comic. Her wry observations are delivered in a deadpan tone. You can sense that it wouldn’t take much to push her into setting […]

I Will Fear No Evil

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Spoilers Ahead The premise is much more intriguing than its execution. The brain of a dying rich old man is transplanted into the body of a young woman who has been murdered. The whole book could delve into the meaning of identity and gender but all it does is talk about sex. I don’t think […]

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