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

WOOL, the Omnibus (1-5) by Hugh Howey

[Categories: BOOKS, BOOK REVIEWS, SCIENCE FICTION.] I have not read any reviews of this book as I prefer not to have my reading tainted my preconceived notions other than that a book may be good, bad, or indifferent. I could not be a professional reviewer as I can't finish reading a book that isn't somewhere … Continue reading WOOL, the Omnibus (1-5) by Hugh Howey

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

Lapham’s Quarterly Winter 2012: Family

    A review. Lapham’s Quarterly is a superb assembly of thought from all of recorded history.  Each quarterly issue gathers essays and commentaries from great thinkers on a broad but specific topic. Recent issues have dwelt on Food, Lines of Work, Celebrity, The City, and Arts and Letters. (I saw a video interviewer pronounce … Continue reading Lapham’s Quarterly Winter 2012: Family

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