REVIEW: THE REVENANT OF THRAXTON HALL

Those with more than a passing familiarity of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle are aware of his interest in the supernatural. Perhaps mostly famous is his publication of the Cottingley Fairies photographs.  Aside from theosophy, he also sought out mediums, ever hopeful that the dead can speak to those still living and perhaps he could reach…

REVIEW: YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE, YOUR CHILDREN ALL GONE by Stefan Kiesbye

This book nearly defies description, but here goes. The novel is a spider web of small tales, each with an allegorical twist.  Somewhere vaguely Germanic, or possibly in eastern European, is the small town of Hemmersmoor.  These people live a simple, happy life.  There are still stores on the main street – bakeries, hardware stores…

Letter to a Young Critic: William Giraldi Defends True Criticism – The Daily Beast

Always good to hear… More important, a blistering review—if it is written as a candid assertion of your principles—will strengthen existing friendships and earn you new friends whose worth surpasses those who have revealed themselves as your foes. When you are truthful, and especially when the need has arisen for you to be viciously truthful,…

REVIEWS: Meh…

These are the reviews that I dread.  I try to find something positive about each book I read, but sometimes a book just doesn’t fly for me.  Still, my plan is to give a fair description here so you, the reader, can decide.  Perhaps you will find a book here that becomes one of your…

REVIEW: THE FACE THIEF by Eli Gottlieb

This was one of those books that just appeared, unsolicited, in my mailbox.  While I always give those surprise titles a glance, I usually don’t have time to read and review them in addition to the ones I’ve already committed to.  Add to that my suspicion of modern novels and it’s strange that I even…

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