's CBR7 Review No:108

A truly stunning sci-fi book for the ages

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson (Buy on amazon.com)


Wow, this book. There are a few technical elements that initially justified me leaving off the fifth star, but the sheer audacity of the story and the fact that I cannot stop thinking about it a month later make Seveneves one of my favorite books of the year, and certainly the most thought-provoking. Effortlessly checking […]

's CBR7 Review No:21

Essential is an Understatement

The Essential Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson (Buy on amazon.com)


Calvin and Hobbes is the pinnacle of human achievement. The Pyramid at Giza, The Iliad, and the collected works of William Shakespeare are thrust into shadow at the feet of Bill Watterson, whose Spaceman Spiff, transmogrifying ray, and arch existential crises live forever in the hearts of millions of adults. If I thought I could […]

's CBR7 Review No:20

The Haunted Palace

The Boy Who Drew Monsters by Keith Donohue (Buy on amazon.com)


Bless me, ‘Ballers, for I have sinned. It has been five months since my last review. I realized today that even though I’m on Book #43, I’m so far behind in posting that I have to post 1-2 reviews a day to catch up. You’re about to be really sick of seeing my name, so […]

's CBR7 Review No:109

Historical Romance with Strong Women (and a Couple of Guys)

Lady Be Good and Luck Be a Lady by Meredith Duran (Buy on amazon.com)


This is a previous review updated with the next book in the series… Lady Be Good Meredith Duran writes very strong, character driven historical romance, but Lady Be Good never quite grabbed me. It was as accomplished as readers have come to expect from Duran and involving at the time, but I didn’t really think about […]

's CBR7 Review No:108

Ignore the Title, Enjoy the Contemporary Romance

Sex, Straight Up and and Hot Under Pressure by Kathleen O'Reilly (Buy on amazon.com)

Sex, Straight Up A couple of weeks ago, I snapped this up during the Harlequin sale on Amazon. Ignore the title, it’s a sweet romance that masquerades as something spicy when it’s really just shorthand for a romance that starts with physical intimacy and works backward to an emotional connection. From Amazon: Meeting a handsome […]

's CBR7 Review No:24

Who knew a book about fertilizer could be so interesting?

The Alchemy of Air by Thomas Hager (Buy on amazon.com)


After reading and enjoying Hager’s Demon Under the Microscope, I was curious about his other work.  The Alchemy of Air is about how we made the earth sustain more than 4 billion people by taking nitrogen out of the air and turning it into fertilizer. At the turn of the 20th century, mass starvation was […]

's CBR7 Review No:24

“Believing something existed and then finding out it didn’t was like reaching the top of the stairs and thinking there was one more step…”

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (Buy on amazon.com)


Made You Up is about a girl named Alex who has schizophrenia. After changing schools after an incident, she is surprised to encounter a boy named Miles. They had an encounter as kids, though Alex assumed that he was in her imagination. Her main goal is to get into college and graduate without any more […]

's CBR7 Review No:27

They Call Her Nemesis

Nemesis by Agatha Christie (Buy on amazon.com)


In between her trip to the Caribbean and this story, Miss Marple stayed At Bertram’s Hotel in London, and solved a lovely little murder there, but I’m pretty sure I’ve already reviewed that one. Which brings us to Nemesis. Yes, Nemesis. That’s what Miss Marple called herself in the Caribbean when she was bringing a […]

's CBR7 Review No:72

Noncanonical Miss Fisher Mysteries Crossover

Many Deadly Returns by Patricia Moyes (Buy on amazon.com)

many deadly returns

 That is, if Phryne Fisher would ever let herself be murdered or stay in her grave long enough for someone else to solve her murder.  Nevertheless, our murder victim in Many Deadly Returns, eccentric, elderly Lady Crystal certainly would have Charleston’ed her way into Miss Fisher friendship back in the day. It’s the 60’s now […]

's CBR7 Review No:26

Miss Marple Goes Abroad

A Caribbean Mystery by Agatha Christie (Buy on amazon.com)


Miss Marple’s lovely (and wealthy) nephew has sent her to an island in the Caribbean for a nice holiday. Except there’s no such thing as a “nice holiday” if you’re in an Agatha Christie novel. There’s quite a cast of characters at the Golden Palm Hotel. Miss Marple meets Major Palgrave, who loves telling stories […]

's CBR7 Review No:128

Thank you, Beth Ellen, for gifting me an Elizabeth Hoyt I really enjoyed!

Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt (Buy on amazon.com)

Wicked Intentions

St. Giles in the 1730s was one of the most impoverished areas of London. Widowed Mrs. Temperance Dews runs a children’s home for orphaned and foundling children, with the help of her younger brother, Winter Makepeace, who also tutors the boys until they’re old enough to apprentice out. Caring for nearly 30 children between infancy […]

's CBR7 Review No:127

The film was better (at least in my memory)

A Room with a View by E.M Forster (Buy on amazon.com)

A Room with a View

Sometime in the first decade of the 20th Century, young Miss Lucy Honeychurch is in Florence with her older, constantly worrying cousin Charlotte Bartlett as companion and chaperone. When they discover that the rooms they’ve been assigned have no nice view, Lucy is disappointed. An older gentleman, Mr. Emerson, offers to trade them, as the […]