Fantasy series you’ve probably missed

BBC America recently made a t.v. series out of "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency." Though most people my age have heard of Douglas Adams's more popular "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," it surprises me how few people know Dirk Gently. Maybe I shouldn't call it a series, since there were only 2 books and... Continue Reading →

Heads You Lose

This recommendation is for my writer friends, particularly anyone considering collaborating on a novel. "Heads You Lose" by Lisa Lutz and David Hayward is one of those 'experiment' books that are increasingly common in the mystery genre. Each author alternates chapters so you get both male & female writing styles.  For this book, they opted... Continue Reading →

The Art of Crash Landing

A new entry in my “Books I Can’t Stop Talking About” Series: The Art of Crash Landing, by Melissa DeCarlo. The hero, Mattie Wallace, is mean, selfish, foul-mouthed, utterly lacking in morals ... and impossible not to love. Broke and homeless, recently single and unexpectedly pregnant, she winds up in her mother's hometown. It's a... Continue Reading →

The Cats Are Bored

A new entry in my "Books I Can't Stop Talking About" Series: Summertime, All the Cats Are Bored by Philippe Georget  (translated by Steven Rendall) It's rare to find a book translated to English that plays so lightly with the language. Seriously, I'm so crazy about the writing style here that I want to chase... Continue Reading →

Best Books 2015

Whenever I read a book that I fall in love with, it becomes my goal to pass it along. I look for just one person in my life who enjoys that type of book, and I insist that he/she read it. If that person loves it to, it becomes a shared experience that makes me... Continue Reading →

The Dark Tower’s Beginnings

Steven King's "Dark Tower" saga is everywhere these days. He's published eight books in the series, and the latest figure I've seen is that they've sold some 30 million copies combined. It has spawned a comic book series and an "online interactive experience" called Discordia. (The quotes are because I haven't devoted time to this site... Continue Reading →

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