A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

Click here for information about my book review policy.


Spring forward

Dust off your shelves, throw open the windows and check out these new books for spring.
Read More »

New Column: The Dog-eared Corner

It's a very big week here in Savannah and everything is turning green, including the fountains and people's pets. If you want to know what to read for St. Patrick's Day, check it out.
Read More »

Books for March

With absurd hauteur / New tulips dab their shadows / In water-mutter. ~ Richard Kenney Books for March: New titles from Marcus Sedgwick and Lucy Ribchester, and a reissue from Frances Hardinge.
Read More »

World Book Day

Happy World Book Day! Here are some cool images or early writing, readers and book covers from around the internet to help you celebrate the printed word. How do you plan to celebrate World Book Day?
Read More »

REVIEW: THE WHOLE ART OF DETECTION

Holmes fanatics rejoice! Finally there is a collection of stories that adequately celebrate, and imitate, the original. I will gladly grab my coat and trusty service revolver, and follow wherever Faye wishes to lead me.
Read More »

Valentine Book Haul

Valentine's Day was pretty perfect for us. No fuss. We went to dinner at a favorite restaurant which was not full, then he took me to the bookstore.
Read More »

ACCENT: DIFFERENT CLASS

Fans of Chocolat will not find any of the light-hearted playfulness of a quaint French village here. What the reader will find is the familiar theme of technology versus traditions, the future versus history.
Read More »

Books for February

I have every intention of reading and reviewing each of these in the next couple of weeks, but I know that it’s likely a longer timeline. So consider this a preview of things to come, and maybe some of these titles will strike you even without my commentary. All images link to Goodreads page. Different…
Read More »

REVIEW: THE UNSEEING

Sarah Gale is a seamstress and convicted murderer awaiting execution in Newgate Prison. She was tried for assisting her boyfriend, James Greenacre, in the killing of another woman and has lost her case against the Crown. With only a few weeks until her sentence is carried out, Edmund Fleetwood, a barrister, is assigned to review…
Read More »

INTERVIEW with Michael Sims, on Arthur and Sherlock

Biographer, editor and man of letters Michael Sims agreed to let me pick his brain about Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, a fascination we share. Sims was a distinguished speaker at the Baker Street Irregulars annual gathering in 2011. Sims’ newest book, Arthur and Sherlock, comes out January 24. Q: Did you read Sherlock Holmes…
Read More »

The Friday 56: The Gentle Axe

The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice. Readers are invited to: Grab a book, any book. Turn to page 56 (or 56% in your eReader), find any sentence and post it. I just picked up The Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris from the library. It’s a creepy Russian mystery. Porfiry lifted his head, looked the pawnbroker in…
Read More »

REVIEW: THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE

Vasilisa is growing up in a small house in a tiny village on the edge of the dense Russian forest. The large family has a wise matriarch in her nurse who tells fairy tales and legends to get the children to sleep at night. Her stories about a winter prince and house spirits form their youthful…
Read More »

REVIEW: ARTHUR AND SHERLOCK

Rather than a biography of Arthur Conan Doyle, this is a history of all of the people surrounding the world’s greatest consulting detective. Instead of trying to encompass a whole (very accomplished) life, Sims chooses to take a magnifying glass to Conan Doyle’s early professional life as a student, doctor and writer, up until the…
Read More »

REVIEW: BITTEN BY WITCH FEVER

How interesting can a book about wallpaper be? Extremely.  Lucinda Hawksley has written a brief, approachable history of the use of wallpaper and arsenic in the Victorian era. While Regency decoration favored more muted color palettes, the Victorians embraced bright, gaudy and electric hues. This included the rich fabrics used to make women’s ball gowns…
Read More »

Top Ten Books for the First Half of 2017

I know I am not alone in saying I cannot wait for the dumpster fire that is 2016 to be over. I know that the calendar is arbitrary but there is something about having a fresh start that helps. I plan to do a great deal of reading on the upcoming winter break, and some…
Read More »

Older Entries »
HTML Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com