novels

The Minister’s Daughter (Review)

I just read The Minister’s Daughter by Julie Hearn, one of the better novels I’ve read recently, though it didn’t make me swoon.

Sin and Vengeance (Review)

I just finished Sin and Vengeance by C.J. West. It was gripping, but not perfect. I did not finish that last, short chapters, and I would not read it again.

Spotlight: Heartbeat (Review)

Heartbeat is perhaps not what you would expect me to read. That’s because it’s intended for a different audience, girls aged 9-12. My daughter put me on to this book. She needed to do a book report, and her teacher put her on to it. What she liked in particular was the format: 180 pages […]

Spellbound by Nora Roberts (Review)

I recently read Spellbound by Nora Roberts. Having not read any of her work, I thought this novella would be a way to dip my toe in the pool without overcommitting. The book got high ratings at Amazon.com, but I thought it was overrated.

The Telling of Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is one of the most endearing pieces of classic literature. Of the many literary novels extant, this is one of the ones that we actually want to read. Why is that? And what do we have to do to make our stories as endearing as Mark Twain did?

Spotlight: Storyteller (Review)

A review of Storyteller: Writing Lessons and More from 27 years of the Clarion Writers’ Workshop by Kate Wilhelm Tell me a story. Tell me a story about telling stories. Tell me about before there was the Internet, and people wrote with heavy machines that went clunk-clunk, and they wrote their dreams on paper, and […]

Spotlight: Tales of Pirx the Pilot (Review)

This is Stanisław Lem week. This past Monday, we looked at his novel The Investigation. Today, we’re reviewing a two-volume set: Tales of Pirx the Pilot and More Tales of Pirx the Pilot.

The Investigation by Stanislaw Lem (Review)

The Investigation is a novel about strange occurences. Dead bodies start moving, by themselves. At first, it’s hardly noticeable. A corpse moves from its back over onto its front. Or it rolls off the table. People dismiss these occurences, when they notice them, as practical jokes. Then the bodies start getting up and walking, even […]