The Science of Love

Book Review for "The Rosie Project" by Graeme Simsion. Don Tillman may be a genius when it comes to science and genetics, or anything else he decides to study, but he's clueless about two things: women and his Asperger's Syndrome. Despite this, he's determined to find himself a wife in the only way he knows … Continue reading The Science of Love

Steaming Open a Family’s Pandora’s Box

Book Review of "Instructions for a Heatwave" by Maggie O'Farrell. On the morning that the 1976 heat in London was about to hit over 90oC for the 10th day in a row, Robert Riordan went out to buy a newspaper - just as he did every morning. Only this time, he didn't come home to … Continue reading Steaming Open a Family’s Pandora’s Box

Early 20th century American Romeo and Juliette

Book Review for "Marching to Zion" by Mary Glickman. Magnus Bailey fell in love with Minerva Fishbein the minute he scooped this flaming haired child out of her sorrowful father's arms, to help them off the boat in St. Louis. However, Magnus didn't know how much in love he was until it was too late. … Continue reading Early 20th century American Romeo and Juliette

A 21st Century Holden Caulfield?

Book Review of "The Universe versus Alex Woods" by Gavin Extence Alex Woods is probably one of the most remarkably famous people in the world. That's because he's only the second person in recorded history (after Ann Hodges) who survived being hit by a meteorite. Alex was only 10 at the time, and his meteorite … Continue reading A 21st Century Holden Caulfield?

Oh, the tangled (ww)web we weave…

Book Review of "Kiss me First" by Lottie Moggach. How many friends do you have on Facebook? How many of them are people you met online? How many are "real life" friends you haven't seen for months, maybe even years? I'm betting those people make up a pretty big percentage of your list. In fact, … Continue reading Oh, the tangled (ww)web we weave…

The Scent of Letting Go

Review of the story "A Faraway Smell of Lemon" by Rachel Joyce. Binny isn't in the Christmas mood, so she ducks into the first shop she can find to avoid the cheer of another mother. What she finds there is far more than some items she has no interest in buying. Hello, my name is … Continue reading The Scent of Letting Go

Endings, Exists, Finishes and Finales: A Collection of Six Short Stories

Book Review of "Going Out in Style" by Daniel Kelley. In Daniel Kelley's collection of six short stories, he investigates things coming to an end from various perspectives. While often one thinks of finishing something as being sad, not all of these stories visit the darker sides of this, and that is one reason why … Continue reading Endings, Exists, Finishes and Finales: A Collection of Six Short Stories

A Compliment to P.G. Wodehouse

Book Review of "Jeeves and the Wedding Bells" by Sebastian Faulks. Who hasn't heard of Jeeves and Wooster - that charmingly bungling gentleman and his inimitable gentleman's gentleman? Who can forget the antics that Bertie Wooster falls into and the ingenious ways that Jeeves is able to manipulate him back to safety? And if you … Continue reading A Compliment to P.G. Wodehouse

A Taste for French Gusto

Book Review for "Mastering the Art of French Eating" by Ann Mah. Ann Mah spent three years in France with her diplomat husband. She used that time to find out more about some of their culinary specialties - how they became famous, their history and how they're made. Of course, when it comes to writing … Continue reading A Taste for French Gusto

A Novel that Sweeps in like the Tide

Book Review of "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki. We’ve all read books where the first thing we’ve wanted to do when we finished reading the last page was to start over again from the beginning. Ruth Ozeki’s latest novel “A Tale for the Time Being” is certainly one of those books; … Continue reading A Novel that Sweeps in like the Tide