Hello friends - long time, no see! I wanted my readers to know why I haven't been posting book reviews lately. The reason is, I've been on vacation abroad. The relatively short trip (due to a lack of vacation time at my "day job") was to visit family and friends, but mostly to attend my … Continue reading Apologies and Flight
Book Review of "How to Be a Heroine: or What I've Learned from Reading Too Much" by Samantha Ellis. Calling all women who read fiction: tell me, can you point to one female character from any book or story you've ever read and say, "Yes, that's me" or even "Yes, that's who I want to … Continue reading Finding a Fictional Role Model
Albert Camus once said “fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.” If you ask me, historical fiction is the truth through which we tell lies. The Draws There are lots of reasons to read historical fiction. Either you have an interest in a certain era or perhaps you hold a fascination about … Continue reading The Draws and Drawbacks of Historical Fiction
How many times has a book blurb made you immediately think "been there, done that"? As mentioned in some of my earlier posts here, I belong to a few sites that let me request advance reader copies of books, and in exchange, I review them. For the most part, I've been very lucky in that … Continue reading Looking for Mister Good-Read
First Impressions Let's face it, the moment we hear the term chick-lit our minds immediately go directly to those cheap books our mothers (or at least my mother) used to buy from the supermarket. You know the ones; they have very distinctive covers. Mostly you'll see a man's bare, upper body, rippled with muscles, Continue reading Is Chick-Lit getting a Bum Rap?
Do Female Characters Get the Short Shrift? A friend of mine turned my attention to an article by Sophia McDougall in the New Statesman entitled "I hate strong female characters." In truth, Ms. McDougall doesn't really hate them; she just dislikes the use of the word "strong" to describe them. She's upset that this seems … Continue reading Gender Roles in Literature
Can a reviewer do justice to a book in a genre they don't usually read? I recently found out that a good friend of mine is finally getting a book published. Since I've had the pleasure of reading and reviewing books by several friends, my immediate reaction was to ask her if I could get … Continue reading On Genre Preferences and Reviewing Books
Which are better - eBooks or print ones? In today's digital world people are increasingly looking online for their entertainment. But is there anything that will get people to read books again? While eBooks and audio books are helping, is that enough? Is anybody reading anymore? I may be wrong but it seems to me … Continue reading The Great Debate: Electronic vs. Dead Tree Books
In fiction, word choices are as important as they are in poetry. Recently, a friend of mine put the following up on Facebook: Advice both elegant and succinct on how to distinguish between the words "elusive" and "illusory," from "Fowler's Modern English Usage," 2/e: "The elusive mocks its pursuer, the illusory its possessor." One of … Continue reading The subtlety of words
When and how should authors ask us to suspend disbelief? Not long ago, I read the book Jacob's Folly by Rebecca Miller. About half of the story takes place in 21stcentury New York. The other half takes place in 18th century France. Bringing this all together is the narrator, who is a fly. But he … Continue reading Magical Realism In Literature – Does it Work?