Book Reviews

Currently Reading

I’m sure you sometimes feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day (or night) because there are soooo many books worth reading and more coming out every day. So next to my bed and on my desk are stacks of “in progress” books. Here are a few I’m into right right now:

PLEASE IGNORE VERA DIETZ by A.S. King

ASHEN WINTER by Mike Mullin

MAYBE I WILL by Laurie Gray

Book Reviews

Book reviews come in all forms and sizes: readers evaluate stories on Amazon, newspapers offer reviews, scholars dig in deep to analyze and find hidden meanings.

I will attempt to provide book reviews about historical fiction, particularly civilians dealing with war time. And it doesn’t matter which era, war or country. Historical fiction in itself is a genre that tries to recreate a lost time. Those of us who are fascinated by the way people used to live always look for strong characters in convincing settings.

My Approach

Rather than just provide a summary of the story, I will look at the author’s style, craft and point out the good or bad. I will analyze authenticity of setting, character development, narrative voice, structure and story line. Why? As Francine Prose says in Reading Like a Writer — one of my favorite books — writers read to learn and improve their own craft, not just for pleasure.

And in the interest of waning attention spans and busy schedules, I’ll be as brief as possible. Of course, like all book reviews, mine will be my personal take and my opinion. It is perfectly fine to disagree as long we can agree to disagree.

Since I read about a book a month, reviews will show up here in similar intervals. Please feel free to comment and add your impressions and opinions. Sharing our thoughts will help us grow.

Reviewed

1. Rebecca Gablé’s Das Spiel der Könige — The game of Kings — about the rose wars of 15th century England.

2. Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone about a working-class couple who fights the Third Reich by planting postcards with anti-government slogans.

3. Harlan Coben’s Shelter about a 15-year old boy who rescues his girlfriend and learns about a secret organization his father was involved in.

Recent Reads

1. OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon

2. A GAME OF THRONES by George R.R. Martin

3. LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green

4. TIMERIDERS by Alex Scarrow

5. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee

6. THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

7. A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle

8. SCARAMOUCHE by Rafael Sabatini

9. SHIP BREAKER by Paolo Bacigalupi

10. JULIET’S MOON by Ann Rinaldi

11. PAPER TOWNS by John Green

12. EVERYBODY SEES THE ANTS by A.S. King

13. ASK THE PASSENGERS by A.S. King

14. THE BLOODLETTER’S DAUGHTER by Linda Lafferty

15. SLAVES OF OBSESSION by Anne Perry

 

 

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