's CBR7 Review No:6

Spoiler Alert: The Union wins the war

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War by Karen Abbott (Buy on amazon.com)

Liar Temptress Soldier Spy

One of the hazards of reading a nonfiction book, especially one about a well-known subject, is that you know what happens in the end.  Every time I got to a section about the Confederates, I was just thinking, “Oh, sweetie, this is not going to turn out well for your side.”  Be that as it […]

's CBR7 Review No:17

They Don’t Actually Spend a Lot of Time on the Ship, Even Though It’s On the Cover

Stardust by Neil Gaiman (Buy on amazon.com)


A couple of things have reminded me of the movie Stardust lately, which ultimately led to me feeling the need to read the book, of course! Because why wouldn’t I delve into the source material of something I like so much? And I wasn’t disappointed! As always, there is so much more to the story […]

's CBR7 Review No:26

The Girl in the Painting

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes (Buy on amazon.com)

I hadn’t heard of Jojo Moyes before reading The Last Letter From Your Lover back in April, but she is fast approaching a must-read author for me. Part One of The Girl You Left Behind begins in Occupied France in late 1916; Sophie Lefevre is doing her best to keep her family safe from the […]

's CBR7 Review No:93

some urgent need to be understood

War of the Encyclopaedists by Christopher Robinson & Gavin Kovite (Buy on amazon.com)


I thought I was prepared for this novel. Wrong. And that is actually a good thing, because any amount of surprise and extra rumination is warranted for this ambitious novel. I am still processing how I feel about these characters and this book as a whole. But I can say this: it is worth it. […]

's CBR7 Review No:23

Bittersweet, Melancholy, and Haunting

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Buy on amazon.com)


There are only a handful of novels that have made me want to cry in order to purge myself of the myriad emotions upon reaching the conclusion.  I’m not a crier.  Unless it’s weddings, graduations, and sports events.  But after reading this book I really envy my wife who can cry for five minutes wipe […]

's CBR7 Review No:22

Sharks, Seals, San Francisco

Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of California's Farallon Islands by Katherine Roy (Buy on amazon.com)


I love sharks.  I also have a weird phobia of sharks.  It’s a weird combination.  So each Shark Week it’s a wild ride of fascination and fear.  While browsing an amazing independent book store in Milwaukee (Boswell Books), I saw this sitting on their “New Book” shelf and couldn’t resist the temptation to peruse it.  […]

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's CBR7 Review No:61

The Begending of the Endginning

The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind (Buy on amazon.com)

I thought I quit you, Terry Goodkind.  But he created cheap DLC, a tacked on extra adventure for his mammoth sprawling Ayn Randian fantasy realm.  Richard has to fight off a new evil, because his grandfather did something bad many years ago and pissed off an evil monk and now A Song of Ice and […]

's CBR7 Review No:60

's CBR7 Review No:79

Wrung out like a dish towel, I tell you.

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (Buy on amazon.com)

the sculptor

Holy shitballs. I haven’t felt this wrung out by a graphic novel since I read Blankets, and I liked this one soooo much more. I’m not sure The Sculptor is going to be for everyone, but oh man, if it hits you, it’s going to straight up MURDER YOU. The main character is David, a frustrated sculptor. It’s […]

's CBR7 Review No:22

's CBR7 Review No:24

This Brilliant Novel

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Buy on amazon.com)


Have you ever had a friend who seemed effortlessly brilliant, talented and successful in every endeavor, an attention magnet who intimidates just about everyone? I had a friend like this a number of years ago, and perhaps that’s why I loved this book so much and look forward to the next two volumes. Set in […]