REVIEW: SPEAKERS OF THE DEAD by J. Aaron Sanders

In the muddy, soot-blackened days of early Manhattan, a tiny cabal of scientists pushes for the advancement of medicine and anatomical understanding. A smaller group runs a dangerous underground business in procuring dead bodies. And the general public is disgusted by them all. Walt Whitman, cub reporter for the Aurora newspaper is both friend to the…

REVIEW: DUEL WITH THE DEVIL by Paul Collins

No, it’s not about that duel. It turns out the two worked as lawyers defending a young man accused of murder in 1800 New York City. It’s a bizarre and expertly-told story that sheds light on life when our country was still in its childhood. On a cold, crackling winter night at the end of…

REVIEW: RULES OF CIVILITY by Amor Towles

I loved this book.  I loved reading it, the story, the cover art, the photo insets, almost everything about it.  It’s probably blasphemous for me to say, but I enjoyed it more than The Great Gatsby. Set in a post-Depression Manhattan, it follows the trials and triumphs of a small group of friends (and sometimes…

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