Boyhood, Manhood, and Betrayal

A Separate Peace by John Knowles (1959) – In the early years of World War II, a different conflict takes place in a quiet, New Hampshire boys school. Gene and Phineas will come of age after a single event that explodes everything they think they know about themselves and their world. The story is an... Continue Reading →

Of Anarchy and Monsters

No Gods, No Monsters by Caldwell Turnbull (2021, Blackstone Publishing) - A young man is killed by the police in Boston. Beyond a single death, a fearsome truth is revealed. Monsters are real. When a group of them reveal themselves during a protest event, the world is stunned. Just as quickly, the video of what... Continue Reading →

Well, That Escalated Quickly

So I just realized, and I mean JUST realized, that this blog has gone quiet for over a month. Wow. That was so NOT the plan. The malaise I wrote about in my last post in July has been an ongoing struggle here. As I cruise around my social media groups, I discover I'm not... Continue Reading →

Post Pandemic Problem

The last year and a bit have made a lot of changes in our lives and society. The most common hope I hear is that we will get back to "normal" or something like that. And the sooner the better.Normal. Meaning "the ways things were before". I'm not sure how close we can really get.... Continue Reading →

The Darkness of the Light

Light in August by William Faulkner (1932). A young woman’s journey to find the father of her child brings her to Jefferson, Mississippi. A house will burn, two people will die, and the echoes of fathers and grandfathers reveal the damage they created. Faulkner is a writer who went from a critical favorite, to forgotten,... Continue Reading →

A Sex and Murder Classic

The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain (1934) - A drifter meets up with a good looking young woman married to an older man. The attraction is irresistible for them both, and that will lead them to plan the husband's death. To write one great novel is more than most writers achieve. To... Continue Reading →

Collective Joy

My family has heard me say this for years. I'm easily bored. Some days I need a book that's going to keep my attention when I'm that "I'm bored" state of mind. I need lots of shining objects in my reading. The kind of reading that, just when my attention may begin to wander, offers... Continue Reading →

Buckle on Your Swash!

Captain Blood (1922) and The Sea Hawk (1915) by Rafael Sabatini Two romantic adventure novels from the popular Italian-English author. Sabatini scored his first major success with “Scaramouche” in 1921. By then he had written a dozen novels and many short stories over more than twenty years. With the success of “Captain Blood” the following... Continue Reading →

An Internal Mystery and An Eternal Threat

Tiny Planet Filled With Liars-A Fleet Eternal Story by Stephen M.A. (2020)- Begin with a world based on corporate economics, where value is based on profitability. Add in an external threat from a fleet of ships that appear once a month in a massive attack. And a terrible “error” that kills thousands, unprofitably. Through all... Continue Reading →

Such a Jolly Little Murder!

The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne (1922) – Two young friends play Holmes and Watson when the long-lost brother of their country manor host suddenly appears, and just as suddenly dies. Their host disappears and now they have to weave the threads of the mystery together in a classic “locked room” mystery. Yes,... Continue Reading →

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