Charley in the Wind by David Farland: Heartbreaking But Compelling

Yesterday, I was disappointed with a story written early in David Farland’s career. He’s one of my favorite authors, and I didn’t get why. It was written early in his career, and even by his own admission was a real downer. Then I hit up on this story, another written early in Farland’s career as […]

Book Review | The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Don Tillman is not your average guy. He’s got his life scheduled and organized for optimal efficiency and zero time waste. He’s a brilliant professor of genetics, but socially he’s inept, and he’s smart enough to know it. He had written off finding a life partner, but from the encouragement of a few close friends, he’s […]

Review | Where’d You Go, Bernadette? by Maria Semple

Bernadette Fox lives in yuppy Seattle and is surrounded by socialite moms who value image above all else. Her Microsoft big wig husband is somewhat vexed with Bernadette’s behavior. The woman who was once an architectural design wonder, has become a reclusive hermit of sorts. Title: Where'd You Go, Bernadette Author: Maria Semple Genre: Fiction […]

Book Review | The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbriath (pseudonym), J.K.Rowling

The long and short of this is not so long or short.  First off, Robert Galbraith, if you hadn’t already heard six months ago, is J.K. Rowling. Second, The Cuckoo’s Calling looks, sounds, and reads NOTHING like J.K.Rowling. There are no wizards, no witches, no muggles, no quiditch matches, no horcruxes, or any magic whatsoever. […]

Review | Okay For Now by Gary Schmidt

The year’s not over yet, but Okay for Now will probably go down as the best book I will read this year, if not in the several years. I’m not lying. It’s terrific, and I hope you will read it. By the time I finished Okay for Now, I had read almost forty books this year.  A […]

Review | Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-designer—and desperateness, curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. After just a few days on the job, Clay begins to wonder […]

Review | Dodger by Terry Pratchett

The most unexpectedly fun read of the year is Terry Pratchett‘s Dodger. With an unmatched skill, Pratchett shows himself to be a writer akin to to Mark Twain and as adept in the historical world of 19th century London as he is in the imaginary world of Ankh-Morpork.  A month ago or so, Britt came […]

Review | Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson

Marianne Daventry is incredibly lonely and dislikes the confines of the city. When an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance to depart Bath. Thinking she’ll be able to relax and enjoy her beloved English countryside while her sister snags the handsome […]