Book Reviews

Reviews of books, both fiction and non-fiction.

  • Book Reviews

    2022 Reading Year in Review

    This year I’ve taken a delightful trip to the Yorkshire Dales with Gervase Phinn’s memoirs, joined the sassy Agatha Raisin on her sleuthing in the Cotswolds, enjoyed the dual timeline supernatural thrillers of Simone St. James, discovered the thrilling Nordic Noir mysteries of Yrsa Sigurdardottir, and FINALLY read my first Stephen King novel.  It’s been a wonderful year for reading and I’m excited to share some of my favorites with you! The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows is hands down the ABSOLUTE BEST book that I’ve read this year. It rocketed up past Robert E. Howard’s Conan stories, past The Chronicles of Narnia, and ended up…

  • Book Reviews,  Writing

    Book Reviews: Writing and Reference Books, First Half of 2022

    I haven’t done any book reviews here yet. To be honest, I’m not the sort of person to write out long, drawling reviews of what I’ve read. I prefer to keep things brief with only a highlight or two. So, let’s get started. What writing/reference books have captured my interest so far this year? Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks – This is more of a memoir than a text that teaches specifics of writing. That being said, there are some great nuggets of writing wisdom all delivered with a dose of humor and honesty by one of the most prolific living fantasy writers. For anyone in need of…

  • Art,  Book Reviews,  Writing

    The Miracle of Story: How J. R. R. Tolkien Taught Me Magic

    When I was in junior high, I stumbled across an odd looking paperback amongst the school library shelves. A fat little man with curly black hair, dressed in medieval garb and holding a sword was being stalked by a hairless creature with bulbous green eyes in a cave. It was, and still might be, one of the ugliest book covers I’ve ever seen. But it did its job. I plucked it from the shelf, intrigued. I’d never heard of this book, The Hobbit, or its author, J. R. R. Tolkien. Little did I know just how much that book with the horrid little cover would change my life. I don’t…