Literature & Fiction
Review: I browsed through the bad reviews of this book believing that it was mainly cultural differences that caused such reactions, but now I don't think that was the case at all. I read this book without reading "Gone With the Wind" first. I didn't understand it but thought maybe because I hadn't read it's precursor that was the problem. It wasn't! The idea of the black side of the O'Hara family was a wonderful one. I think the writer had good intentions when she began formulating her plan for a bo... Read more
Review: I didn't expect it to the as good as GWTW, but I didn't expect it to be as awful as it is either - yikes! The second half of the book was easier to tolerate than the first half, and I was pleased with the ending, but it was so hard to get through the first part of the book that it took me over a year to pick it back up after first starting to read it. The behavior and thought patterns of this Scarlett just don't jibe with the original - not even close. I kept thinking "She wouldn't do that," ... Read more
Review: I enjoyed this book. Although several French words are included in the beginning pages, context clues enhance the reader's understanding of the narrative. Once the action moves to Savannah, I did not put the book down until I finished reading it. Read more
Review: I liked all of the main characters. The story is creepy and creative. I did not like the gore and do not understand why it is called a psychological thriller. It would probably make a good horror movie. I would read this author again but this one did not do it for me. Read more
Review: I've never experienced dialogue that conveys so much information and emotion in so few words. Often only one word.
I only realized after finishing it that the author is Africaans herself, and this is her first work that's been translated into the English. This explained for me why the writing was so different from that of English-speaking authors - in a delightful way.
I also realized that, due to the girl having to learn so many languages in order to survive, much of the dialogue shows ho... Read more
Review: Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles deserves its accolades. Like all science fiction, Bradbury uses the issues of his time, late 40s and early 50s America, and creates a future that reflects the extension of those concerns, only vastly expanded.
Bradbury's main concern is nuclear war between the United State and the Soviet Union. But he tackles many more topics. With the human settlement of Mars, there are shades of the colonial interactions of Europeans with indigenous peoples. All of ... Read more
Review: It has enough imagination and plot suspense to balance out its flaws. The characters are undeveloped and the momentum is stalled too many places with rambling explanations of technology, larded with commentary intended to be clever. While the action is continuous, I found myself getting impatient for it to "get somewhere." The resolution of one of the major conflicts is a predictable cop-out. I wouldn't put this on top of the stack on your night table, but it's readable. Read more
Review: Really enjoyed this book. The story is original and not overly borrowed. For some reason it reminded me of the Sci-Fi mini series "The Lost Room".
Just bought The Broken Lands and look forward to starting it soon. Read more
Review: After enjoying Brett Battles' "Becoming Quinn" last year, the author had a bit of a "halo effect" going into my reading this book featuring a new hero.
While a number of people have commented on the unbelievable attributes of Logan Harper, I saw no real difference between suspending belief in a novel and when I go to an action movie.
Admittedly the plot was a little opaque at times, occasionally dragged and stretched credulity regarding the personal commitment many of these charact... Read more
Review: When All The Girls Have Gone is an exciting, perfectly paced, romantic suspense novel. I loved every page of this brilliantly crafted book and found it impossible to put down.
Madison Benson, the founder, and mastermind behind an exclusive investment club, carefully handpicked each of her four members. Every member was aware before joining her club that there would be a certain amount of risk involved. If a dangerous situation arose, though, every member, was assured, that they would receive ... Read more