Despite a promising subject and some very interesting primary source material, East Encounters West: France and the Ottoman Empire in the 18th Century is superficial, simplistic, mostly unrelated to its title, and heavily circumscribed.
DuMaurier's 1938 novel was an instant classic. The recent Netflix adaptation of the novel "Rebecca" is a treat to watch, but differs greatly from the text.
Of the legends mentioned from Middle-earth's First Age, filled with great Elves and their deeds, one is barely mentioned or remembered. Eol's tale is less a tragic one and more disturbing, telling a dark story of an Elf's obsessive nature and its consequences.
A searingly honest, moving and enlightening narrative on depression and staying afloat, Matt Haig’s international bestseller “Reasons to Stay Alive” is a literary necessity made to inform, relieve, and potentially save lives.
Walter Winster was a drunken, brawling poet known for his Herdwick dialect poetry and his influence on the nascent Green Movement. He features in 'Herdwick Tales' by David Lewis Pogson. Extracts from his best-known dialect poem are quoted in 'Pannus Mihi Passionis' and 'The Great Shepdale Bell'.
Jonathan Dull's book on the French navy's involvement in winning the American War of Independence is an excellent book for examining the relationship between military operations and diplomacy, both on and off the battlefield, and the context of France in the American Revolution.
My book review of the mystery novel Insidious. A tale of beauty, ambition, murder and problem solving.
The long-awaited memoir of former President Barack Obama is the biggest publication of the year in many ways.
Its a book about a girl who can see ghosts trying to solve a murder on college campus. At first it seems like cliché supernatural mystery, but quickly grows into a dark horror that stands as one of the dark fantasy in years. Read this review and find out why its worth the read.
First installment of the Pickled Preserved Mysteries
Dom wakes up on Tuesday, then Wednesday, then Thursday, and then... Thursday? A love story with a “Groundhog Day” twist, “How to Save a Life” is equal parts romantic and thrilling.
My review and ranking of the Simple Genius book by David Baldacci.
A series of interlinked short stories, set amongst the English lakes and fells, charting the career of a local government property manager as he negotiates the pitfalls of his personal life and career in a rural location where local politics, characters and events present constant challenges.
Sequel to the bestselling Audrey Rose
When Kara moves into her uncle’s museum of natural wonders and taxidermy, she expects to spend a few months recharging among the dead animals. Instead, she gets something much creepier, and she and her friend Simon must fend off the monsters they accidentally invited into our world.
Jeremy Brett is one of the finest actors to come out of British theater. His portrayal of Sherlock Holmes is arguably the most authentic of all Holmes movies and films. Did Holmes take over Jeremy? Or did Jeremy take over Sherlock? Here is a collection of memories of Jeremy by those who knew him.
Mila is a girl chained by her past, strangled in it. So when she’s offered seclusion and peace on a North Carolina farm, how could she say no? But as it turns out, peace is the last thing she finds—and the farm is anything but what she expected it to be.
A valuable book for the apologist, evangelist, church historian, philosopher, pastor, and parent. It provides a root cause failure analysis of how the evangelical church in the West got itself backed into a philosophical corner since the time of the Enlightenment, and describes corrective changes.
Not on My TERF is a short read about a contentious contemporary issue; who has a right to be called a woman and how do we treat them? In this tale an elderly housewife is misgendered and abused by a domestic abuse victim and three teens because she does not look feminine enough to "pass".
Hanukkah is fast approaching and Rachel and Max cannot find several items that are needed for the holiday. Their family moved into a new apartment and there are several unpacked boxes. What if they cannot find their menorrah or dreidel? Mom is sure that they will find all of the items.
"First you get high. Then you die..." What a lie
Fourth and final installment in the Raven’s Nest Bookstore Mysteries.
Witchblade is a comic series about a New York cop cursed with an ancient artifact and it had some really amazing storytelling so far. But does this high bar of quality in urban dark fantasy continue through the third volume. Read this review and find out.