Teaser Tuesday for July 26, 2016

  Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read (or the next book on your reading list) Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure … Continue reading Teaser Tuesday for July 26, 2016

21st Century Fairy Tales?

Book Review of "Ninety-Nine Stories of God" by Joy Williams. Some book reviews are harder to write than others are, and this is going to be one of those. As I noted in another review I wrote for the website Book Browse (review coming soon), I'm not a fan of religious fiction, including Jewish religious … Continue reading 21st Century Fairy Tales?

A Nobel Introduction?

Book Review of "Vintage Munro" - a collection of short stories by Alice Munro. In 2013, Alice Munro received the Nobel Prize for Literature. What made this award unique was that it was the first time they gave it to an author who exclusively writes short stories. To honor this, Vintage books put out a … Continue reading A Nobel Introduction?

Teaser Tuesdays (Nov. 3, 2015)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following: Grab your current read Open to a random page Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! … Continue reading Teaser Tuesdays (Nov. 3, 2015)

Women who Orbited Fame

Book Review of "Almost Famous Women: Stories" by Megan Mayhew Bergman. In the notes at the end of this book, author Megan Mayhew Bergman informs us that, "The stories in this collection are born of fascination with real women whose remarkable lives were reduced to footnotes." She also says that she's "fascinated by risk taking … Continue reading Women who Orbited Fame

Stories that reveal much but say little

Book Review for "White Tiger on Snow Mountain: Stories" by David Gordon. I've always believed that short stories are far too under-appreciated. However, I continue to live in hope that since Alice Munro received the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature for her career of writing only short stories, more people will become interested in and … Continue reading Stories that reveal much but say little

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

Artful Stories

Book review for "Dreaming Rodin" by John M. Flynn. With John M. Flynn's collection of short stories, "Dreaming Rodin" we get a very mixed bag indeed - and I mean this in a good way. There is a whole lot to commend this short collection that is jam packed with surprises. To begin with, we … Continue reading Artful Stories

Ten Warmly Flowing Stories of Louisiana

Book Review for the short story collection "Down at the End of the River" by Angus Woodward. I have never been to Louisiana. In fact, the first things I think of when I hear the name of that state is humidity, hurricanes and heat. Other words like Creole and Cajuns also spring to mind, as … Continue reading Ten Warmly Flowing Stories of Louisiana