Skip to main content

The Latest

  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
    Book Review: 'The Lovely Bones'
    Death, ironically, is one of the greatest mysteries of life.What happens when we die? Where do we go? How do we feel? There is no way to answer these questions or to truly know. But author Alice Sebold sure does try.In her first work of fiction,...
  • Logo for the Short Mystery Fiction Society
    The 2015 Derringer Awards Finalists
    The annualDerringer Awardswere established by theShort Mystery Fiction Society(SMFS) in 1997 to honor excellence in shortmystery fiction. The name "Derringer," was selected as the palm-sized handgun, seemed an apt metaphor for a short...
  • 'City Cat' by Kate Banks & illustrated by Lauren Castillo: Lovely picture book
    'City Cat' by Kate Banks & illustrated by Lauren Castillo: Lovely picture book
    "City Cat" by Kate Banks will quickly become a favorite of young readers everywhere. It's the story of a stray cat who stows away in the car of a family on vacation.The first stop on their joint adventure is Italy, and parents or...
  • 'Kalahari' by Jessica Khoury: Young adult survival/ scifi story
    'Kalahari' by Jessica Khoury: Young adult survival/ scifi story
    Jessica Khoury stays true to her theme of evil corporate entity messing with nature in "Kalahari." Khoury, like several adult authors (Michael Crichton and Robin Cook, to name a couple), keeps to a consistent theme in her first three...
  • American girls can become anything they dream
    Women's History Month and books for young readers
    March is Women's History Month and what better way to help young readers learn more about the importance of women in history than through books? Although originally celebrated as Women's History Week during the first week of March in 1981...
  • 'Nobody Home: Writing, Buddhism, and Living in Places' by Gary Snyder and Julia Martin
    Poet Gary Snyder to speak at Trinity University on Wednesday
    On Wednesday March 4, 2015 Pulitzer Prize winning poet, activist, Buddhist and iconic member of the Beat Generation Gary Snyder will be speaking at Trinity University. Joining him will be South African writer and scholar Julia Martin. This event...
  • Tasty treat from Mary Ellen Hughes
    License to Dill offers cozy mystery with spice, soccer and style
    Piper Lamb’s shop in upstate New York sells pickling and preserving supplies, as well as offering a meeting place for the sharing of advice and gossip. The little town of Cloverdale provides a pleasant, quiet life for her—most of the...
  • Cassandra Clare's new "Shadowhunter Academy" book leads March book releases
    Cassandra Clare's new "Shadowhunter Academy" book leads March book releases
    March is the beginning of the Spring and it is going to be the beginning of the list of the all the books that you are going to want to read this summer while on vacation. There are ten books that are set to come out this month and some real good...
  • Heartsick, by Caitlin Sinead
    Heartsick, by Caitlin Sinead
    Caitlin Sinead is a new adult author. Her debut book, Heartsick, is available now. In it, she combines romance, mystery, and thrills to keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Her next book, Red Blooded, will be available this summer.Quinn is...
  • A Memory of Violets
    A Memory of Violets
    The author of the USA Today and New York Times bestselling novel The Girl Who Came Home has once again created an unforgettable historical novel. Step into the world of Victorian London, where the wealth and poverty exist side by side. This is the...
  • Lockwood & Co. race to stop a madman from using an evil mirror
    'The Whispering Skull' is creepy fun from the mind and pen of Jonathan Stroud
    "The Whispering Skull" http://www.amazon.com/Lockwood-Co-Book-Whispering-Skull/dp/142316492Xis the terrific followup to Jonathan Stroud's The Screaming Staircase, just reviewed on these pages. Stroud has re-imagined England as beset...
  • The Siege Winter
    5 Star Review: The Siege Winter
    I know, redears - it's been far too long, so let's delve right into it.The Siege Winter, co-authored by novelists (and mother/daughter duo) Ariana Franklin, and Samantha Norman, hits bookstore shelves and e-readers tomorrow (3/1). Not...
  • Poetry Unbound #22 - Fightin' Words
    Poetry Unbound #22 - Fightin' Words
    Oakland writers Clive Matson and Richard Loranger will host the twenty-second installment of Poetry Unbound, a monthly reading series showcasing various new works by established and up-coming writers, as well as everyone in-between. This event...
  • Trigger Warning cover
    Review: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
    If you’re looking for an entertaining book to read, you need look no further than the diverse collection Trigger Warning by New York Times Bestselling author Neil Gaiman. Known largely for his contributions in science fiction, fantasy, and...
  • 'Tormentor' by William Meikle
    William Meikle writes haunted fiction at its best in "Tormentor"
    When I did my preview of February’s new release books, I picked William Meikle’s “Tormentor” as the top new release of the month. I took my own advice and got the book as soon as it was released so that I could read it as...