Category: Book Reviews

Book review: Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

Book review:  Devotion: A Memoir by Dani Shapiro

Devotion is a collection of 102 relatively short, connected essays, all written over the span of two years while Shapiro was trying to sort out what her personal beliefs are.  Coming from an Orthodox Jewish family that had always told her what to believe, she was having a hard time deciding what to put her faith in as an adult who makes her own choices.  She starts to question whether going through the motions of daily life is all there […]

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Book review: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

Book review: The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks

  The Sword of Shannara takes place in the Four Lands (presumably in the distant future of our world), 2000 years after the Great Wars destroyed most of the planet.  Five races inhabit the lands:  Men, Elves, Dwarves, Gnomes and Trolls. Shea is a half-elven young man who has been adopted by the Ohmsford family and lives a quiet life in Shady Vale where he and his brother, Flick, help their father run the family inn.  Shea’s peace and quiet […]

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Book review: The Becoming: Outbreak by Jessica Meigs

Book review:  The Becoming: Outbreak by Jessica Meigs

  I first “met” Jessica (@JessicaMeigs) on Twitter when she was suggested to me by a mutual friend as someone I should follow, who enjoys reading as much as I do.  I quickly learned that she was writing a series of zombie novellas to be named The Becoming: A Tale of the Zombie War, and to be self-published as ebooks for the Amazon Kindle and B&N Nook.  When she had completed the first novella–which I am reviewing here–she posted the […]

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Book review: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Book review:  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  Brave New World was written by Huxley in 1931, and takes place in London in A.F. 632–or 2540 A.D.–632 years after Ford first produced the Model T.  The Nine Years’ War and the Great Economic Collapse have destroyed the world we know and given rise to the utopian World State whose motto is “Community, Identity, Stability.”  We soon learn that community, identity and stability come with a cost:  personal freedom. Everyone is provided for by the World State and […]

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Book review: Native Son by Richard Wright

Book review: Native Son by Richard Wright

  Native Son is the story of Bigger Thomas—a cruel, young black male living in the Black Belt of Chicago in the 1930s.  The book is split into three sections, each representing a part of Bigger’s life: Fear, Flight and Fate. The main narrative is centered on his consciousness—he is frustrated and angry with his lack of opportunity and the feeling that all the decisions made about his life are in fact made by white people.  Even the decisions he […]

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