Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0
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Pass, Checkout, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up 2.0

Should you really buy that book enshrined on the top titles of 2013 table at mega bookstores’r’us? Is it more of a checker-outer book? Or, can it safely be avoided altogether? Here are some sound bite opinions on a few more noteworthy titles of 2013 that I read, but did not review in a full … Continue reading

Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up
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Pass, Check Out, Buy: 2013 Noteworthy Novels Year-End Wrap Up

The hour of year-end reviews is upon us. In this post, I will be briefly covering each of the 2013 titles that I did not review in full length earlier in the year. Most of these titles are from established authors and were heavily hyped. A number fell short, but there are definitely books worth … Continue reading

A Touching Story for the Holidays: The Shoemaker’s Wife
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A Touching Story for the Holidays: The Shoemaker’s Wife

Many people have holiday reading traditions. I, personally, enjoy reading women’s fiction. There is something about fated love set in idyllic scenery that unfurls in a slow, meaningful progression that feels “right” during the holidays, if a bit overdramatic during the rest of the year. For this reason, I was happy to uncover Adriana Trigiani’s … Continue reading

Follett Focuses Sights on Twentieth Century in Fall of Giants and Winter of the World
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Follett Focuses Sights on Twentieth Century in Fall of Giants and Winter of the World

Renowned as both a writer of thrillers and historical novels, Ken Follett burst onto the larger American literary scene in 2007 when Oprah selected The Pillars of the Earth (1989) as one of her book club titles for 2007. It was in 2007 that Follett published the long-awaited sequel to this work: World Without End. … Continue reading

Stretching the Bonds of Sister Love: Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy
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Stretching the Bonds of Sister Love: Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy

An American writer with Chinese-American heritage, Lisa See drew broad attention for her earlier work Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2005). This book, and subsequent titles, have propelled her toward the ranks of widely-respected Chinese/Chinese-American historical fiction authors, like the famous Amy Tan of The Joy Luck Club. Like Tan, See focuses on women’s … Continue reading

Narrative Style: Three Authors, Three Unique Experiments in Storytelling
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Narrative Style: Three Authors, Three Unique Experiments in Storytelling

Sometimes it’s not the story itself that grabs you but the way it’s told. Whether you have one narrator or many, use first person or third, enlist an unreliable narrator or simply one with a limited point of view, narrative style plays an essential role in shaping how readers connect with a story and can … Continue reading

Callihan Stokes Searing Paranormal Historical Romance in “Firelight”
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Callihan Stokes Searing Paranormal Historical Romance in “Firelight”

In her debut novel and the first book of her Darkest London series, Kristen Callihan pushes the limits of the romance genre. On a conceptual level, Callihan carves out a unique space. Part paranormal romance novel, part historical fiction, and part heavily-plotted action-packed adventure story, Firelight does not fit neatly into either the major romance … Continue reading