Book Review: The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

I’ve been a fan of Michael Connelly’s writing for quite some time now. I like that he has great characters who are fallible. My favorite, of course, is Harry Bosch. However, not being a one-trick pony, Connelly has managed to craft other characters on the periphery of Bosch’s world who are interesting enough to generateContinue reading “Book Review: The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly”

Book Review – West and East: The War That Came Early Book 2 by Harry Turtledove

Harry Turtledove is perhaps the most prolific author in the genre known as alternate history. This is where an author takes a moment in history and wonders what if something happened a little differently. In the case of Turtledove’s War That Came Early series, he ponders what would have happened had British Prime Minister ChamberlainContinue reading “Book Review – West and East: The War That Came Early Book 2 by Harry Turtledove”

Book Review: Offside Trap by A.J. Stewart

The second book in the Miami Jones series by author A.J. Stewart finds Miami Jones answering the call of an old girlfriend. Miami Jones is a former minor-league baseball player turned private investigator. People tend to hire him when they want investigations handled in a way the local authorities won’t, either by pressing the envelopeContinue reading “Book Review: Offside Trap by A.J. Stewart”

Book Review: Bridgerton – The Duke & I by Julia Quinn

In general books are always better than the movies made based on them. In the case of the recent limited series The Stand, this is most certainly true. In the case of the Netflix series Bridgerton, I’m not so sure. The book by Julia Quinn which is the basis for the first season of theContinue reading “Book Review: Bridgerton – The Duke & I by Julia Quinn”

Book Review: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Now With Full-Color Illustrations!

When I was about my daughter’s age, nine, a friend of the family gave me my first Little House book. I was immediately captivated by the stories within and read them over and over through the years. The copy I had contained wonderful illustrations to accompany the story by Garth Williams. I gave my setContinue reading “Book Review: Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder – Now With Full-Color Illustrations!”

Book Review – Invasion: New York by Vaughn Heppner

In the year 2040, the United States is but a mere fraction of the world power it once was. Instead of global warming, a series of volcanic eruptions have caused the earth to cool, causing the food supply to dwindle. The one thing the United States has going for it is the fertile farmland ofContinue reading “Book Review – Invasion: New York by Vaughn Heppner”

Book Review: Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim

I’ve had this book on my “to read” list for a while. In addition to knowing the author from her role on one of the television shows of my youth, Little House on the Prairie, I am in a group on Facebook dedicated to the real Laura Ingalls Wilder. Alison Arngrim often participates in theContinue reading “Book Review: Confessions of a Prairie Bitch by Alison Arngrim”

Book Review: Out of the Darkness by Harry Turtledove – Which Costs More, Winning or Losing?

Harry Turtledove has taken the Second World War and masterfully translated it into a fantasy world of dragons and behemoths; of ley lines and magic; of sticks and eggs which release sorcerous energy…. In the sixth and final book of the Darkness series, we’re at the point where we know it’s going to end. TheContinue reading “Book Review: Out of the Darkness by Harry Turtledove – Which Costs More, Winning or Losing?”

Book Review: The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult

After my son Kyle Ferriera van Leer declared his major in Egyptology at Yale in 2010, he mentioned the Book of Two Ways in passing. Without knowing a thing about it, I said, “That’s a great title for a novel.” – Jodi Picoult, Author’s Note I have read almost all of Jodi Picoult’s work. IfContinue reading “Book Review: The Book of Two Ways by Jodi Picoult”

Book Review: Star Wars Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore

The novelization of the second film in the Star Trek prequel series continues to add depth to the story on the screen. It fills in many gaps in the story and actually helped change my appreciation for this film. In the same setting as the film Attack of the Clones, it picks up many yearsContinue reading “Book Review: Star Wars Attack of the Clones by R.A. Salvatore”