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The First of July by Elizabeth Speller

My second Elizabeth Speller (the first being her non-fiction Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey through the Roman Empire), The First of July is a novel about four young men and how their stories converge around the Battle of the Somme,… Continue Reading →

City of Bones – Michael Connelly

Michael Connelly had been around a while before his The Lincoln Lawyer novel, my first Connelly, with his Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch series. City of Bones is my first and surely not the last of my experience in the series. City… Continue Reading →

Go Set a Watchman: A Novel: Harper Lee

In a previous post, I wrote about my experience reading the American Classic, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s only published novel at that time. Now, she has a sequel in print, Go Set a Watchman: A Novel. From what… Continue Reading →

The Assassination Bureau, LTD. – Jack London

Looking through the shelves for something entertaining to read following my last biographical endeavor, I noticed a dusty, old edition of Jack London’s, The Assassination Bureau, LTD. I had never heard of it before, but being an avid fan of London’s, I picked it out.

The Golden Age by Gore Vidal

After finishing the last book set in Berlin during the 1930s, I was still in the mood of the period so I picked out Gore Vidal’s The Golden Age for my next read. Though classified as fiction, I would imagine… Continue Reading →

The Forgetting Room by Nick Bantock

A man inherits his estranged grandfather’s estate in Spain. Expecting to encounter the works of the deceased painter in the studio, the man becomes drawn into a conundrum which, in turn, guides him through his own growth as an artist.

The Innocent by David Baldacci

I like a good, action packed, thriller in between historical biographies and such, and David Baldacci never fails to deliver. Though his novels are considered fiction, you have to wonder how close his story lines are to real life scenarios, he is obviously very knowledgeable of his subject matter. Every Baldacci I’ve read (this is the 3rd), I’ve enjoyed even more than the previous.

Night of the Fox – Jack Higgins

Sometimes, the time is right for a quick and entertaining read to get your mind off the day to day grind. Night of the Fox by Jack Higgins just happened to appear in front of me so I picked it… Continue Reading →

The Confession – John Grisham

Having recently read “To Kill a Mockingbird”, this story is oddly similar in that it portrays social injustice in the deep south. The difference being that this story takes place over a half a century later in modern society.

The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

An English teacher back in High School assigned us 2 books to read one winter: McTeague by Frank Norris and The Child Buyer by John Hersey. I remember McTeague as being a fairly enjoyable book, but I don’t believe I… Continue Reading →

The Racketeer – John Grisham

My first Grisham since “The Innocent Man”, I couldn’t put it down. John Grisham has returned to the style that made him champion of the court room drama.

Poland – James Michener

One year after my first Michener novel, Recessional, I experienced my second. James Michener is the master of the historical novel and Poland one of his finest at the time of it’s publication.

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