Should Regions for ARCs still be a thing?

So far and yet so near… As most of my readers know, I live in Israel. Because of this, sometimes when I request advance reader copies (or ARCs) of books from sites like NetGalley, publishers sometimes decline my requests. No, this isn't antisemitism or some nasty BDS "gotcha." The reason they give is that they … Continue reading Should Regions for ARCs still be a thing?

Apologies and Flight

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

My 5 Favorite Books of 2014

2014: The Year of the Curmudgeon!   Looking back over this past year, it seems that almost all of my best-loved books that came out in 2014 featured protagonists who are, essentially, grumpy old men. While they hardly ever stop frowning, reading about some of them will certainly put a smile on your face (or … Continue reading My 5 Favorite Books of 2014

A Website that Became a Book

Book Review of "Four Word Film Reviews - The Book" by Benj Clews and Michael Onesi (et.al.) I love movies, and I also enjoy reading on-line movie reviews, whether they are on IMDb or by some reputable, well-know film critic. Heck, I even write them myself. But sometimes I like to have a reference book … Continue reading A Website that Became a Book

Get Jazzed with this Bolden Book

Book Review of "Coming through Slaughter" by Michael Ondaatje. The name Buddy Bolden probably means absolutely nothing to most readers. That is, unless you're a Jazz enthusiast and/or a music historian. In which case, you'll probably know that Bolden was a coronet player in New Orleans at the turn of the previous century. You'll also … Continue reading Get Jazzed with this Bolden Book

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

The Draws and Drawbacks of Historical Fiction

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

Who is the better writer – Robert Galbraith or J.K. Rowling?

Yes, I know full well that the novel "The Cuckoo's Calling" was published under Rowling's pseudonym Robert Galbraith. By all accounts, the novel was getting fairly good reviews before anyone knew the truth about the author. While it wasn't being considered for any best sellers lists, it was certainly not doing badly for a seemingly … Continue reading Who is the better writer – Robert Galbraith or J.K. Rowling?