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Book review: Murder, mystery and romance in 'Portrait of Lies'
Trey Shotwell never gets over the murder of his mother and becomes a detective to find her killer. When he and his father embark on a pleasure cruise to New Zealand they are surprised to find clues to the decades-old crime. "PORTRAIT OF LIES," by Trey ...

The Undesired, by Yrsa Sigurdardóttir - book review
It's territory that Yrsa Sigurdardóttir knows well: apart from her series of accomplished legal procedurals set in her native Iceland, Sigurdardóttir has also dabbled in straight horror with the ghost story I Remember You, and this second stand-alone ...

Review: 'Pacific' Is Simon Winchester's Latest Big-Picture Book
(At the outset of “Atlantic,” the book's sister predecessor published five years ago, he expressed similar anxieties.) The structure he eventually settles on is “10 singular events, some of them portentous, some more trivial, but each appearing to me ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Outsider: My life in Intrigue”
Let us hope that certain passages in this memoir by British thriller writer Frederick Forsyth do not cause trouble — perhaps fatal trouble — for authors who follow his example and use their profession as a cover for work for intelligence agencies ...

A debut novel introduces a thrilling world of kung fu, sorcery, and spirits
The pace never slows, offering a constant stream of strange characters, dire threats, and heroic actions that makes the book a compelling page-turner. Set in 19th-century San Francisco, the story follows Li-lin as she attempts to save her father and ...

'We Were Brothers,' by Barry Moser
During his adolescence he discovered drawing, a talent that has taken him far as an illustrator and designer of more than 350 books including classics like “Alice's Adventures in Wonderland” for which Moser, a Smith College art professor, won a ...

Book Review: 'Olivay'
In large, boldfaced text at the top of the back cover of “Olivay” by Deborah Reed are the words, “We don't believe that our lives can change in an instant – until they do.” It is an elegant statement that, at first glance, promises depth and profundity ...

"Medieval People" [Book Review]
Anyone who reads even casually about the Middle Ages encounters the many vivid personalities who emerge from the history books, from titanic figures like St. Thomas Aquinas and Eleanor of Aquitaine to lesser known people like Simon de Montfort (largely ...

Book review: 'Carry On,' a fantasy spinoff of 'Fangirl' and winning YA novel
The book contains some fantasy/magical violence that kills or injures a few characters and threatens the magical world of the book. The central romance plays out between the protagonist and his male roommate, who share a few passionate kisses. Strong ...

Book Review: Houston, We Have a Narrative by Randy Olson
Can scientists learn good storytelling from South Park? Randy Olson, a marine biologist turned filmmaker, argues that they can. He had a key insight as a storyteller, he writes in his latest book, while watching a documentary about the creation of a ...

Book Review: Denise Low's 'Jackalope'
All of these scenes give the book a playful feel, but there's also plenty of time for reflection. In quieter moments, Jackalope tries to explain his complicated heritage to others. He also helps those who are trying to understand him. In “Jackalope ...

Review: Steve Williams' Vindictive New Book Lacks Substance
Steve Williams' Trite, Vindictive New Book Lacks Substance. Tweet0 Share0 Comment0 Share0 Share0 Stumble0. More. Steve Williams Publishes Tiger Tell-All Book. Tiger Woods' former caddie Steve Williams released a tell-all book about the 14-time major ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter'
What this book reveals is a chilling glimpse of what lay beyond the much flaunted parental devotion of Joseph and Rose Kennedy. All her life, which began with a botched birth that apparently was her mother's decision, Rosemary struggled to be what she ...

Microsoft Surface Book review: Expensive, but easily one of the best
Unlike the Surface Book, Microsoft's Surface Pro series walks a tightrope, trying to balance the strengths of tablets and laptops at the same time. Though Microsoft has done a great job minimizing the compromise in that approach, some tradeoffs are ...

Book Review: Dark crime, familiar city - Michael Wiley imbues his thriller ...
Book Review: Dark crime, familiar city - Michael Wiley imbues his thriller ...

The Nones Are Alright – A book review
This scenario is one of many that ran through my head as I read “The Nones are Alright, A New Generation of Believers, Seekers, and Those in Between,” by Kaya Oakes, (209 pp., Orbis Books, $22.00) So many elements of this book hit upon the very thing I ...

'Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company' tosses readers into Rebel Alliance ...
'Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company' tosses readers into Rebel Alliance ...

'Wendy Darling' book review: A darker look at Neverland
By the end of the book, it is unclear where Hook places his loyalties, but let's just say we're not going to hold our breath. Oakes plays in J.M. Barrie's world, but makes it her own. The light covering the island only makes the shadows deeper, and ...

Book Review: Our Bodies, Our Bikes
[Publisher's note: Please welcome our new writer Jessie Kwak. She'll be writing a range of stories, including a monthly product review. – Jonathan]. As a woman who's been riding her bike for years, I've learned a lot about how to deal with my gender ...

Book Review: 'The Anatomical Shape of a Heart' by Jenn Bennett
There is just not enough words to describe how amazing this book is. I read it back in July and was immediately struck by the beauty of the characters and this story. It was unlike anything I've ever read and quickly became one of my favorite YA ...

Book Review: The Conjurer's Riddle By Andrea Cremer
What would have become of North America had the British won the Revolutionary War? That's the premise of Andrea Cremer's The Inventor's Secret book series, which creates an alternate 19th-century history where the British Empire has dominion over the ...

Book Review: "The Animal Keepers" By Donn Behnke - A Terrific Tale Of What It ...
Book Review: "The Animal Keepers" By Donn Behnke - A Terrific Tale Of What It ...

Book Review: Something Sweet? Why Not?
One of the perks of being a writer by profession is that publicists offer me books to review! And when I'm not writing for the Kars4Kids educational blog for parents, I'm either reading books or baking up a storm in my kosher kitchen. That's why I was ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'Hitler's Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's ...
BOOK REVIEW: 'Hitler's Last Days: The Death of the Nazi Regime and the World's ...

Book Review: Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein
And so, consider this book a formal reintroduction. Hi, this is Carrie. Her first concert was Madonna. In high school, she was really into hosting murder-mystery parties. Once, she got drunk and made out with a stranger on the street outside a club ...

Katz faces criticism for book review
In February 2014, David Katz MPH '93, the director of the Yale School of Medicine's Prevention Research Center, wrote two glowing online reviews of a science-fiction novel called reVision. In his biweekly column in The Huffington Post, Katz lauded the ...

Comic Book Review: 'Mortal Kombat X #12′
“Finish him!” – with two words, “Mortal Kombat” forever changed the landscape of video games and popular culture. Centered around a series of fight-to-the-death tournaments where the best fighters from the world's multiple realms battle for supremacy, ...

Book review: Ernestine Hayes' 'Blonde Indian
Ernestine Hayes' genre defying debut takes its shape from the many braided rivers of Lingit Aani -- the Taku, Stikine and Naas. Part prayer, part tragedy and part triumph, “Blonde Indian” presents a memoir in which the story of person cannot be ...

Comic Book Review – Black Science #17
Family is a dual-edged sword in this book. Family is quite literally haunting Grant throughout this issue: his missing children, his ex-wife (worrying at home, or so he hopes), his brother who shows up to help and may or may not exist, and most of all ...

Comic Book Review – Dan Dare – The 2000 AD Years – Vol.1
dan_dare_1 Dan Dare is a British icon. He was created by Frank Hampson in 1950, and first appeared in the Eagle comic where he was an instant hit with the British public. Almost a decade after the original series had ended, Dan Dare was resurrected in ...

'Need' book review: Exploring the darker side of social media
NEED, the website this story focuses on, presents the perfect platform for high school students to do just that. They think they need trivial objects, but as the site points out more than once, there is a difference between want and need. This book ...

Book Review: The Hummingbird by Stephen P. Kiernan
Stephen P. Kiernan's new novel is fashioned of three distinct stories, like three circles in a Venn diagram with the narrator in the overlap. Deborah Birch is a hospice nurse caring vigilantly for a patient in the last stages of dying, a retired-in ...

Book review: 'After Alice: A Novel'
Maguire tweaks Carroll's story here and there, creates a whole other subplot, and throws in a heartbreaking turning point that Carroll would never have seen coming but that changes the tone of this book completely. Indeed, once I relaxed into the ...

Book review: John Irving's 'Avenue of Mysteries'
Avenue of Mysteries, John Irving's newest novel, spins two remarkable tales, both about the central character, Juan Diego. The 54-year-old Juan Diego is a successful international novelist who has lived in Iowa his entire adult life. At the start of ...

Review: Mary Gaitskill's Heartwarming Novel of Awkward Racial Tensions
Ginger and Velvet, the book's main narrators, meet through the Fresh Air Fund, a program that matches city kids with well-off families from upstate New York so that the kids can spend a few weeks of their summer vacation in the country. It's a noble ...

'Leveled' book review: Jay Crownover eases the pain of moving on
Leveled by Jay Crownover is the perfect bridge between the well known world of the Marked Men and the upcoming adventures of the men and women of the Saints of Denver series. Anyone who wondered what Lando, Remy's left behind lover, has been up ...

Microsoft Surface Book vs. iPad Pro
Sizes are pretty close, with the Surface Book measuring 5 percent taller and 2 percent wider. The Surface Book is much thicker, but keep in mind that this measurement includes its screen folded over on top of its keyboard. The iPad's thickness is for ...

BOOK REVIEW: 'The Charlie Chaplin Archives'
Film historian Paul Duncan's new book, “The Charlie Chaplin Archives,” explores every conceivable nook and cranny of the genius behind “The Tramp.” It was created in collaboration with the Chaplin Family and film archivist Cineteca di Bologna, and ...

Book Review: The Energy World is Flat
In The Energy World Is Flat: Opportunities from the End of Peak Oil, Daniel Lacalle and Diego Parrilla explore 10 forces that drive the future of energy. Both authors have extensive experience in the energy field. Lacalle's background is in energy ...

Book Review: Book featuring African-Americans on US stamps
Otha Sullivan, retired educator, and author of six books was the guest speaker of the West Jackson Rotary Club's monthly meeting on Tuesday October 27 at the Jackson State University Student Center. Sullivan introduced to club members and invited ...

Unforbidden Pleasures by Adam Phillips, book review: Not-so-naughty can be nice
Have we lost the art of drawing pleasure from the ordinary things in life? Adam Phillips believes so. Long after organised religion and its Thou Shalt Nots have receded from most minds, he argues we remain imprisoned by a notion that something can only ...

Wilde's Women by Eleanor Fitzsimons, book review: A fascinating study
In December 1864, a sensational trial opened in Dublin. Lady Wilde, wife of the physician Sir William Wilde and mother of 10-year-old Oscar, was accused of committing a libel against Mary Travers, 29, a patient of Sir William's who had been circulating ...

The Silent Deep by Peter Hennessy & James Jinks, book review
When Sir Arthur Wilson was Admiral of the Fleet in 1901, he summed up the opinion of many senior officers in the Admiralty when he declared submarines to be "underhand, unfair and damned un-English... treat all submarines as pirates in wartime... and ...

Public Library and Other Stories by Ali Smith, book review
While public libraries face closures on a massive scale – "statistics suggest that by the time this book is published there will be one thousand fewer libraries in the UK than there were at the time I began writing the first of the stories," Ali Smith ...

Stephen King releases short stories 'The Bazaar of Bad Dreams'
Known for penning dozens of doorstopper horror- and supernatural-themed novels, the prolific Stephen King has also managed to knock out several books of short stories and novellas over his career. As he notes in the introduction to this new but uneven ...

'Modern Girl' bares Carrie Brownstein's restless soul
“Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl” barely references those projects; Brownstein keeps her focus on music, and the book ends with Sleater-Kinney's last show in 2006 after 12 years and seven albums. (In an epilogue, she describes reviving Sleater-Kinney ...

Book Review: X: The Experience When Business Meets Design by Brian Solis
SolisBook-X-Designs Bestselling author, renowned digital analyst and futurist, Brian Solis has released his 7th book, X: Where Business Meets Design. Over three years in the making, X explains the importance of creating memorable moments for customers ...

Book Review: 'One Way Trip,' A Novel by Cris A. Santos
It is a heart breaking as well as heartwarming story of friendship and love. The storyline of the book is compelling, and moves the reader to continue reading to find out what happens next. Patricia is obviously a compassionate young woman, and eager ...

Book Review: 'Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll'
Peter Guralnick's new biography, "Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll," begins with a confession: "This is a book written out of admiration and love," he offers in an author's note that precedes a 765-page odyssey through the life and ...

Book Review: 'The Lies About Truth' by Courtney C. Stevens
“Faking Normal” was a devastating book to say the least. I also found that “The Lies About Truth” was just as tragic in a different sort of way. Obviously, Courtney is tackling very different topics in both of these novels, but they both deal with ...


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