Mary Roberts Rinehart is best-known today for her influential mystery novels, but K. is basically General Hospital set in 1915, only quieter and more gentle—at least on the surface. What appears to be a rather slow-moving tale of romance and mild intrigue in a small-town hospital is actually a fascinating and even nuanced exploration of what it meant to be an unmarried woman in 1915. As fiction…well, you really need to be in the mood. But as a sociological document, it’s absolutely fascinating. Read all […]
We Need to Talk About Kevin is a character study of a very unhappy woman who believes that she deserves to be unhappy, and maybe she does, but maybe she doesn’t, and her hate is a form of love and her love is a form of hatred. Through Eva, Shriver takes you on a powerful, haunting journey. Whether or not it’s a journey you’ll be glad you took is another question entirely. Find out why here.
“Vampires, succubi, demon kings, and other bad boys of the supernatural realm get a lot of press, but where’s the love for our winged protectors from on high?” …Right here, as it turns out. Please note: In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that I found this to be one of the more inconsistently edited works I’ve read. However, if you’re a fan of the Angels Among Us genre, or urban fantasy more generally, you’ll want to at least give it a […]
“Oh, to live in Grace Burrowes’ Regency England. This is a magical world where the aristocracy’s finest specimens of masculinity are, to a man, well over six feet tall, with all their hair and all their teeth. They are careful stewards of their wealth, which is considerable. Despite what the historical record might suggest, they bathe frequently, and instead of smelling of whiskey, the stables, or their own stinky sweat, they rather have about their persons the pleasing scent of bergamot or cedar. In the […]
This book retains TLo’s trademark snark but dispenses with the knowledgeable fashion analysis and commentary that lift their site into the stratosphere, far and away above the “WHO WORE IT BEST?” columns in the likes of People and Us. Instead, they train their sights on the celebrity machine, and carefully explain the care and feeding of a typical celeb — how he or she becomes famous, behaves while famous, and tenaciously clings to fame. The result is a fitfully entertaining screed, devoid of the very […]
…The group is broken into teams of two unrelated “players,” and at the start each team is provided with an envelope containing several apparently random words and a check for $10,000. And that’s all. As the teams work together to solve the mystery (whatever it is), they must face disasters both natural and unnatural; personal crises — most of them turn out to have some connection with Westing, which they may or may not be willing to disclose, or in fact even realize; the vagaries […]