Nottingham

“England is sick. We are the cure. We steal from the rich. We give to the poor.” So say the Merry Men of Nottingham in this new graphic novel. By graphic, I refer not just to the art, which is beautiful, but also the incredibly bloody depictions of many murdersContinue Reading

On Tyranny

On Tyranny uses examples from European history to show how democracies have fallen in the past. It includes twenty rules to follow here in the US to avoid the same fate. The text is from a book published in 2017. The illustrations are new. Though this book is labeled TheContinue Reading

Babylon Twins

The science fiction book, Babylon Twins, is a strange little tale of human survival amidst a machine-created apocalypse. El and Clo are twin girls. They and their younger brother, Dyre, avoid the machine takeover when their mom escapes with them into the forest. Ten years later, the children are grown.Continue Reading

Grist

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person who early in the pandemic bought more dried beans, lentils and peas than they would eat in a year. I wanted to read Grist because of two sentences in the introduction: “Prep the ingredient instead of the finished dish so that ingredient canContinue Reading

The Shortest History of China

China has definitely been frequently in the news lately. If you are curious about the world’s longest written history, you could spend an eternity reading books about the various dynasties. Or you can read The Shortest History of China in an afternoon and understand our number one trade partner’s historyContinue Reading

The Santa Suit

If you are in the mood for a sweetly romantic Christmas story but Lifetime hasn’t started their holiday movie month yet, pick up The Santa Suit. You won’t be sorry. Ivy has just gone through a painful divorce. Her answer is to buy an old farmhouse in rural North CarolinaContinue Reading

The Stowaway

A woman is convinced that a serial killer is stalking the halls of a cruise ship in the exhilarating new thriller, The Stowaway. Two years ago, Wyatt Butler, an accused child serial killer, was set free when a jury couldn’t come to a unanimous decision. One jury member prevented hisContinue Reading

Robert's Rules of Writing

Robert’s Rules of Writing is a mixed jumble of advice about plot, character, motivation, and setting. The last two are referring to the writer—not their characters. To illustrate this point, four of the rules are Skip the Starbucks, Burn Your Journal, and instead Take a Walk Around the Block (andContinue Reading

True Raiders

True Raiders is an account of treasure hunters in the early years of the 20th century looking in Jerusalem for the Ark of the Covenant. Though it sounds like a real Raiders of the Lost Ark, it reads more like The DaVinci Code. There are ciphers, secrets, spies, and evenContinue Reading

The Burning

The Burning is the fourth thriller in the Clay Edison series. And it’s my least favorite so far, unfortunately. Clay is a Deputy Coroner who investigates suspicious deaths. At one murder scene, he finds his brother’s classic car in the victim’s garage. His brother, Luke, had a rough start inContinue Reading