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Norman Mailer's Harlot's Ghost - a major novel on the CIA

 September 03, 2011 Norman Mailer, once one of the Big White Daddies of 20th century American fiction, has achieved something significant here with this novel. Yes, it is one of his brick-sized achievements - a ..

Joseph Heller's Catch-22 - a 20th century classic novel

 August 24, 2011 Joseph Heller's Catch-22 took some years to write and his concerted effort and talents paid off in what justifiably remains his most famous and read novel. It is a great satire on war (in this case ..

Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre - a 19th century classic novel

 August 19, 2011 First, just a quick though important note about the choice of which edition to buy. Obviously there are far cheaper editions that still retain a quality compared to the one I've listed here (Penguin ..

The Money Belt by Alan Robertson - Book Review

 January 13, 2009 I was very excited to read “The Money Belt" because it is set in my hometown of Marquette, Michigan even though the description of the story sounded far-fetched when I first read it. However, ..

The All-American Right of Copyright

 January 12, 2009 Imagine yourself, an aspiring novelist, after years of plugging away on your computer and drinking your weight in Red Bull many times over, having finally completed the Great American Novel. This is ..

Watchmen Graphic Novel Should Be Left a Comic Book

 January 11, 2009 Started in 1986, writer Alan Moore and artist Dave Gibbons formulate a mystery based on the Cold War, wherein the threat of nuclear warfare is an imminent fear. The story explores the possibility ..

The Art of the Perfect Short Story

 January 11, 2009 I love a short story. A great short story can take me on a ride, deposit me in delicious emotional upheaval, or prompt ongoing thought. Only, not all short stories are a pleasure to read. The truth ..

Death of a Hero by Richard Aldington

 January 01, 2009 Death of a Hero was published in 1929 but despite the time lag is very much a product of the First World War, in which Aldington fought, was wounded, and became recognised as a war poet. ..

Book Review - Roger's Version by John Updike

 December 31, 2008 Updike's Version:  New Tryst on an Old Theme John Updike is once again on familiar turf, mixing high theology and low scatology in Roger's Version.   This book is not so much an emotional exercise ..

Burned - A Tragic Mystery by J A Nevling - Book Review

 December 15, 2008 J. A. Nevling's “Burned" is a sad tale indeed. It is a story of sad, small people dealing with the big, bad world and wickedness of people far more experienced and ruthless than them. It is a ..

Watchmen - A Deconstructed Graphic Novel

 December 15, 2008 Watchmen was published in an era when the comic book genre was dominated by superheroes and antiheroes with black and white views about good and evil. It is a parody of the overman in dystopia. A ..

Watchmen Comics - Dispelling the Overman

 December 15, 2008 Watchmen comics, the 12-series book created by Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore, is not your usual graphic novel. It is not a rip off of any virtuous and flawless superhero stories we have been used to ..

Rabindranath Tagore - My Favourite Author

 December 12, 2008 The first time I had sung the National Anthem composed by Rabindranath Tagore, the rhythm and the tune touched my heart and magnified the love for Bangladesh. I started reading his short stories and ..

Graphic Novel Reviews - The Problem With Comic Book Critique

 December 09, 2008 Comic book and graphic novel criticism is rarely found outside of niche publications such as Wizard, or the many fan-driven sites that litter the web. Occasionally a mainstream newspaper will publish .

Review of Venus Rising

 December 02, 2008 Venus Rising is a record, not only of historical value, but a personal one of a man's life in the Navy during World War II. Harry William Deal put his memories to paper, not for the first time, but ..

Review of Killing Rommel

 December 02, 2008 Based on the real-life exploits of the British special forces Long Range Desert Group during World War II, Killing Rommel pits this elite group against the German Afrika Korps and its legendary ..

Anne of Green Gables - A Theology Primer

 November 19, 2008 "She's glad to be a Christian and would be one, even if she could get to heaven without it. " Anne Shirley, the heroine of Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery's book, Anne of Green Gables, speaks ..

Building Story Clips With Journals

 November 10, 2008 The inspiration for creative writing is one that should not be restricted. Inspiration comes in many forms and at many different times. When it does, you need to be ready to sit down and jot down ..

A Valley Side Too Far - Resistance by Owen Sheers

 October 23, 2008 In Resistance Owen Sheers re-writes the history of World War Two. Germany has invaded Britain. The United States, having suffered reversals both east and west, has retreated home to navel gaze. ..

Novel Writing - How to Do It

 October 18, 2008 November is National Novel Writing Month, and a contest is held to see who can finish a 50,000 word novel in a month. Some people are scared off from trying this fun challenge by the scope of how ..

Book Review - The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen

 October 13, 2008 Reading and editing for a living, I've waded through a lot of books. It's been a long time since a book grabbed me, drew me into the story, and kept me turning pages. The Face of Death, by Cody ..

Letters Between Us by Linda Rader Overman - Book Review

 October 06, 2008 Plain View Press (2008) ISBN 9781891386626 Thirty-nine-year-old Laura is not having an easy time in her life right now. Her mother is suffering from dementia and her once happy marriage is on the ..

Unweaving the Thread of an Irish Childhood

 October 05, 2008 I first met Monica Tracey at a poetry reading at Hastings Writers’ Group and, thoroughly enjoying the soft musicality of her Irish voice, I had the cheek to ask her to read my effort out for ..

Prisoners of Ideology - Angels and Insects by A S Byatt

 October 04, 2008 Angels and Insects is an intriguing pair of novellas. At one level it examines the complexities of human relationships, especially those incorporated within marriage and the family. It identifies ..

The Winter Rose by Jennifer Donnelly

 September 29, 2008 The Winter Rose is an epic love story, a book that will draw you in from the first page and won't let you go until you've closed the back cover. I simply could not put it down. The heroine, India ..

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