Claire of the Sea Light is altogether a successful and enchanting story, well worth the read, not only because of the beauty and richness of Danticat’s use of language but also because her story gives insight into a people and culture not so well-known or represented in western literature. Compared to its predecessors from the author, however, Claire of the Sea Light falls slightly short of expectations. Read the full review.
Love Handles is book 1 of Gretchen Galway’s “Oakland Hills” series and stars Beverly Lewis, a trained teacher, and Liam Johnson, former Olympic swimmer. Beverly has just inherited her estranged grandfather’s fitness company, of which Liam is executive vice president. After more than ten years working for the company and having had a close relationship with Bev’s grandfather, Liam expected that he would inherit the company. Grandpa had other plans. The story is essentially about…I’m not sure. Read the full review.
“Of course I do,” said Thor. But he didn’t. He was just doing whatever he felt like doing. That was what Thor did best. Neil Gaiman has been a Norse mythology fanboy since childhood. His novel American Gods (my first Gaiman and one of my Top 5 books from last year’s CBR) heavily features Odin and Loki. Gaiman wrote Norse Mythology in part because a lot of the Norse Gods have been lost to history while the Greek & Roman Gods have persevered. This is a fairly complete collection, at least the most complete I’ve encountered, and introduces other Norse Gods besides the Big Three […]
This is the third book in the The Cabot Sisters series, detailing the sad story of Prudence Cabot. She is the good girl of the family and for her efforts, she feels that has been set firmly on the shelf thanks to the actions of her two older sisters Honor and Grace. They both took scandalous steps to secure husbands, and are not settled into wedded respectable bliss. Her younger sister, Mercy, is still in school and is not interested in marriage. They seem to have no sympathy for Prudence’s plight. Her step-brother is engaged to a woman who doesn’t […]
3.5 stars This is book 9 in a series. It’s really not the place to start. If you want to join in at the beginning, start with Angels’ Blood. Two years have passed since the last book in the series, and Elena is slowly growing stronger, even though she’s virtually a baby in angel terms. The Cascade seems to be on hold, and all the archangels are trying to investigate what exactly is going on in China in the murderous Lijuan’s territory. Has she gone to ground, into (hopefully) centuries long sleep? Her generals claim she’s still very much in […]
A spring evening in 1985, nineteen-year-old Frank Mackie is waiting impatiently outside for his girlfriend Rosie Daly, as they plan to elope and move to London, making a new life for themselves away from the hard life of the Dublin working poor. When she doesn’t show, Frank goes looking for her in the abandoned house a few door down, and finds a note that suggests she’s gone off without him. As Frank’s father is a violent drunk, his mother is neurotic and shrewish and his siblings aren’t exactly anything to write home about, Frank’s not really surprised, but he is […]
It would appear that I am in the minority as regards my opinions regarding Moonraker, the third James Bond novel by Sir Ian Fleming. I didn’t much enjoy it. Moonraker is back to the three-act structure we found in Casino Royale, and the three acts are decidedly similar. Act one is background knowledge via gambling, act two is the discovery of the mission and its true scope, act three is the part where Bond makes his moves and recovers from the physical cost of the mission (Fleming should be commended for not flinching from the realities of the physical suffering). […]
The Maid’s Version is a tightly written novel, and at 164 pages, more novella than novel. The cover reveals that Daniel Woodrell also wrote Winter’s Bone. (I didn’t know the film was based upon a novel). After reading this book, I intend to read Winter’s Bone and anything else I can find in the library. Woodrell is a storyteller that economically uses words to the best effect. The story starts in 1965, the narrator is staying with Alma, his grandmother and the maid of the title. The story takes place in the small town of West Table, Missouri. Alma is […]