A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

Click here for information about my book review policy.


Sea People

The mystery of Polynesian culture has baffled scientists, explorers and linguists for centuries. They are a people with shared traits scattered across tiny dots of land in a sea of ten million square miles. But where did they come from, and how did they get there? More importantly, how did they know to look there?
Read More »

Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

My friends and family will probably say, "What makes you not pick up a book?" It's true -- I am incredibly drawn to them. A whole world exists in such a small footprint. But there are a few things that make a book irresistible to me.
Read More »

The Vanishing Man by Charles Finch

Finch explores Shakespearean rumor, English history, mystery, and a bit of a quest adventure. He winds together the Dissolution of the Monasteries, steamers on the Thames, riddles, and the complicated dance of high society. 
Read More »

The Stranger Diaries

Clare Cassidy, high school English teacher, is stunned when her friend and coworker is murdered. Shock turns to fear when she realizes the killer is referencing author R.M. Holland, the mystery writer Cassidy is researching. Inscrutable clues hover just around the edges of Holland's stories and former home.
Read More »

Books for March

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Read More »

More Deadly Than The Male

Rudyard Kipling wrote, "For the female of the species is more deadly than the male," in his 1911 poem. It was not warriors or kings that need be feared, he suggested, but the women who worked in mischievous ways. Here editor Graeme Davis brings together ghostly horror stories penned by women from the long 19th century. 
Read More »

Latest additions to my reading list

It's amusing to look at my list and see how varied my it is: a Western, a copyediting book, French history, gothic fiction and more.
Read More »

REVIEW: THE PARAGON HOTEL

Alice James has jumped a cross-country train to escape from an unknown pursuer. Fighting off searing pain and feverish hallucinations, her Pullman porter insists she come to The Paragon Hotel to hide while she recuperates. This seems like a reasonable enough arrangement. But this is the 1920s, and Alice is white and The Paragon is only for blacks.
Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter reads

I've actually got a fair amount of time off work for this winter break and I'm so looking forward to some serious reading time. I'll definitely be celebrating jolabokaflod as well. Here are some of the titles coming out this winter that I'll be reading. 
Read More »

Top Ten Tuesday: Ghostly winter reads

There is a contingent of readers and writers trying to bring back the Christmas tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireplace. After all, A Christmas Carol is really a ghost story, and Christmas does fall during the darkest time of the year. And with the Icelandic tradition jolabokaflod taking hold here too, a good stack of ghastly reads is just the thing for the season.
Read More »

ACCENT: The Woman in the Water

Veteran author Charles Finch presents the first in a trilogy of prequels featuring his thoughtful gentleman detective.
Read More »

Books for November

"November comes / And November goes, / With the last red berries / And the first white snows. / With night coming early, / And dawn coming late, / And ice in the bucket / And frost by the gate.” ~Elizabeth Coatsworth
Read More »

Celebrating Val Lewton [31 Days of Halloween: October 30]

Filmmaker Val Lewton was hired by RKO to make movies to rival the Universal monster movies that had made that studio tons of money. Lewton took a different approach to the scary movie. With a smaller budget than Universal, Lewton managed to create a slate of psychological, atmospheric films that hold up today.
Read More »

Short Stories and Poems for Halloween [31 Days of Halloween: October 29]

Sometimes a long book to get lost in is exactly what is needed. And sometimes a short story or a hair-raising poem is all you need to get in to the Halloween mood.
Read More »

A Question of Reality [31 Days of Halloween - October 28]

What do you do when reality isn't real? When your perceptions are manipulated? What if it was an evil spirit or a haunted house that was doing it? Some of the most unnerving books are ones where the line is blurred and narrators are unreliable.
Read More »

Older Entries »
HTML Snippets Powered By : XYZScripts.com