Category Books

What’s Here Now?

Sometimes I struggle with the books I receive for review. Maybe it is some personality defect. Jeanne Stevens almost lost me on the opening page of What’s Here Now? when she asks”is there ever too much Chip and JoJo?”  You tell me – I have never heard of Chip and JoJo, but in context I […]

A Truly Extraordinary Woman

I fell in love with Clara Kip when on first meeting. She was perfect, almost. I didn’t tell my wife. There were, of course, a couple of problems. First, at 79 she really was too old for me. And she was dying.  We probably could have overcome those obstacles. What we couldn’t get past was […]

Surfing the Elysium Tide

My ongoing question as I read the new novel Elysium Tide was: Where are the flying pigs? We all know there are no flying pigs in real life. Nor are there any pigs in this book. Given the suspension of disbelief required to enjoy this novel, I could have accepted flying pigs quite readily. Though […]

Summertime Thought

Beach reading season is officially with us. I thought this was an appropriate reminder for the end of June. I do read a fair amount of books electronically, but not usually by choice – and certainly not outdoors where the glare makes reading difficult. Sometimes though there is no paper option. I will say though, […]

True Words

I last posted this five years ago, with the title “The Picture Says It All.” I’m one of those “slices of trees” people.

Testing, Testing

I’m on the road this month (and into June), gathering material for a series of travel posts that will be appearing here shortly. Until then I am rerunning some of my favorite posts from past years, such as this one from 2015. During my childhood I was not exposed to the delightful children’s books penned […]

Shaped By The Waves

I read fiction for enjoyment. But I don’t mind if it makes me think a little.  You’ve heard me, on occasion, discuss the flaws of the romance novels, which I occasionally review here. While I am not a fan of the romance genre, I am a sucker for a good story.  Which most romances aren’t. […]

Different Time, Different Place

I keep telling myself that stretching my mind is good for me. Which explains why I read Until Leaves Fall in Paris when it was offered to me for review. I’m not the target audience for romance novels. I think it has something to do with my gender. It isn’t that I am not a […]

Never Say Never

I spent a good chunk of the weekend feeling uneasy. I blame the novel I was reading. Never, the new book from Ken Follett is a topical modern-day thriller. Follet made his reputation with thrillers, then expanded into historical blockbusters, and it is nice to see he hasn’t lost his touch. When you think of […]

2021 In Review: Pigs Is Pigs

It has been a perennial favorite here since I foirst posted it seven years agao, and last year it was the most view post of the year. Reading the post has me heading to the basement bookshelves to read teh book again. I had to write a book report last week for a course I […]