Fast Track by John DeDakis, book review

[Categories: Literature, Reading, Writing, Fiction, Mystery, Book Review] Wow!  This is GOOD! Five stars, bearing in mind I've given everyone from Chester Nez through Jodi Picoult to Ayn Rand the same on their individual merit, not as compared to each other. [Click to zoom.] From an author with whom I wasn't familiar until recently, I was … Continue reading Fast Track by John DeDakis, book review

The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult, book review

[Categories: Literature, Reading, Fiction, Book Review] Jodi Picoult.  Word-crafter.  Wordsmith.  Prose-positer. Prosaic: 1.  a. Consisting or characteristic of prose. [YES!] b. Matter-of-fact; straightforward.  [Not so much.  Plot twists!] 2. Lacking in imagination and spirit; dull.  [NOT!] Such as: "Betrayal was a stone beneath the mattress of the bed you shared, something you felt digging into you no matter how … Continue reading The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult, book review

In The Blood by Lisa Unger – Book Review

[Categories: Books, Reading] [No spoilers alert!   I think the LESS you know about this book the more you will appreciate it.] Clever.  Clever, clever, clever.  And dark.  Very dark. A fictional murder mystery, but not 'just' a murder mystery. This is one of the most carefully, cleverly structured plots I've read.  Twists and turns that … Continue reading In The Blood by Lisa Unger – Book Review

What are YOU reading?

[Categories: Literature, Reading.] But enough about YOU.  What about ME? It seems like I'm reading EVERYTHING (exaggeratedly of course). I've been reading a lot of 'stuff' lately and still have a lot of 'stuff' to read. [Click on photos to enlarge, if you are so inclined.] Since December I've read or I'm reading: Hound of … Continue reading What are YOU reading?

The Racketeer by John Grisham

No-spoilers alert! This book is too good to interfere with the suspense and plot twists. You will get more info from the book jacket or other reviews than you will from me. I try not to read other reviews before writing my own so I can give my untainted opinion. The Racketeer is pure entertainment. … Continue reading The Racketeer by John Grisham

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay My rating: 5 of 5 stars Superb. I inhaled this book in about 36 hours. A proverbial tour de force. Very well written. 10 star rating. I highly recommend it. Excellent contrapuntal plot device throughout the first half of the book, expertly woven together in the second half. Whenever … Continue reading Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

SHIBUMI (understated elegance) (effortless perfection)

This may be the longest book commentary/review I've ever written, as priceless quotes abound throughout the book and I plan to include many.  All are from the 2011 paperback copy.  I'm including numerous info links.  Use them after your first read of the review or as you go.  You choose. Trevanian's SHIBUMI.  Originally published in … Continue reading SHIBUMI (understated elegance) (effortless perfection)

SATORI by Don Winslow

SATORI by Don Winslow "A Novel Based on TREVANIAN'S SHIBUMI" is the full title.  This is my commentary on-the-fly, as I read, since I don't do in-depth, analytical, reviews per se. I received an email from my local library that this book, my hold request, was now available for pickup.  In the several months since I … Continue reading SATORI by Don Winslow