One City, Two Storms, Nine Lives

Nine Lives - Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum (2010) - There is no other city in the United States like New Orleans. It has gone its own way for centuries, and the rest of the nation knows little about it. In 1965, Hurricane Betsy changed New Orleans. Forty years... Continue Reading →

Foreknowledge’s Curse

Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig (2015) - With the lightest touch of skin on skin, Miriam Black will know the where, when, and how of your death. She will know in gruesome, soul-searing detail. And there is nothing she can do to change the vision. Three men will discover her “gift”, two may be doorways to... Continue Reading →

When It All Just…Stops

The Arrest by Jonathan Lethem (2020) - When the fundamental forces in our lives stop-electricity, electronics, cars, guns, airplanes, telephones, what happens? There’s no cataclysm, just “The Arrest”, and then life goes on. But the world that Journeyman knew as a writer in Hollywood is gone. Eventually, he makes his way to his sister’s organic... Continue Reading →

Betrayed Into Invisibility

Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (1952) – A young black man struggles to understand who he is and why he is “invisible” to the society that surrounds him. On the journey, people he trusts, people he reveres, and even those who claim they want to help him, will all betray him. Offering an opinion on... Continue Reading →

#AmReading – The Colour of Magic

The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchet (1983) – Welcome to Discworld, a planet that is, in fact, flat, round and balanced on the backs of a four elephants who ride through the cosmos on the back of the giant turtle known as Great A’Tuin. In the first novel to explore this delightfully weird world... Continue Reading →

#AmReading – Magic For Liars

Magic For Liars by Sarah Gailey (2019) - Ivy Gamble is a small time private investigator stuck doing divorce cases and other jobs that bring her little profit and less joy. Until the head of a local private school came through the door. There had been a murder at the school, and she wanted it... Continue Reading →

#AmReading – Origin

Origin by Dan Brown (2017) – Robert Langdon is at it again! This time a friend and former student is killed as he about to make an announcement that will challenge the foundations of religion. With the beautiful fiancee of the future King of Spain at his side, he has to untangle the mysteries of... Continue Reading →

#AmReading – Fuller Man

And A Highway Shall Be There... Fuller Man by Diane Glancy (1999) – In rural Missouri, Hadley Williges struggles to find her way through life torn between the faith inherited from her mother and the freedom represented by her father. Her brother and sister find paths at the extremes, while Hadley toils in a middle... Continue Reading →

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