Book Review of "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova. What if the infamous Dracula really existed and wasn't just the fruit of the overactive imagination of one Bram Stoker? What if he's been recruiting people all these years since his 'death' to help him in his vile work? What if some people figured out that he … Continue reading The "Da Vinci Code" for Dracula!
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
Book Review for "The Extra Ordinary Life of Frank Derrick, Age 81" by J.B. Morrison. Turning 81 is not a remarkable event, unless a milk float runs you down, giving you a concussion, breaking your arm and fracturing a bone in your foot. When this happened to Frank Derrick, he probably said nothing more than … Continue reading The 12 Days of Kelly Christmas
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
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
Book review of "The Gravity of Birds" by Tracey Guzeman. This book follows two paths. First we have the story of Alice and Natalie Kessler - sisters who were once lovingly close and now forcibly remain together, still bonded by mutual bitterness. Part of that bitterness comes from Alice's Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Natalie's need to … Continue reading A Novel of Art, Birds and Mysteries