Category: Book Reviews

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‘Game of Thrones’ Extended Universe Is Everything

The Game of Thrones extended universe can tide you over when you’re missing the world of Westeros. Here’s a rundown. Books Just ask any Harry Potter fan, the books offer a completely different, far richer world than the movies. By now, viewers have noticed that in George R.R. Martin’s universe, there are no small parts. […]


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‘Mr. Mercedes’ Book Review

If you’re looking for a fun beach read that features a glut of stunted sexuality and shocking violence, Mr. Mercedes is the book for you. I enjoyed it very much even though it’s the sort of book that the thrill fades quickly after the last word is read, sort of like The Da Vinci Code. […]


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Six Four Book Review

‘Six Four’ Book Review

Six Four is more of an interesting look into Japanese culture than a gripping thriller. Reading a well-conceived mystery that takes place in another culture can make a great book into a sensation. When I started reading Six Four, by Hideo Yokoyoma, I was reminded of some of those great books, Gorky Park set in the Soviet […]


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‘The River at Night’ by Erica Ferencik – Review

The River at Night by Erica Ferencik was surprisingly good as an adventure book. This might be sexist of me, but I always expect books about a group of women to have more substance than say, The Expendables II. But The River at Night is just a fun, thrill-ride with a bunch of normal people with […]


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Finding Harry Potter in Lancaster County

Calling all Muggles! Have you ever wanted to visit Hogwarts? Or see Godric’s Hollow? Believe it or not, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has several magical places that seem like they are right out of the Harry Potter series. I just published an eBook, Finding Harry Potter in Lancaster County: A Muggle’s Guide. My book will take you to seven […]


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Good As Gone

‘Good as Gone’ Review

Good as Gone by Douglas Corleone is the story of a reluctant child re-acquirer named Simon Fisk. Simon rescues children who have been abducted by a parent. But in this case, he is manipulated by the French police into locating an American girl named Lindsay Sorkin. He follows her trail all over Europe, Germany, Poland, […]


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The Crow Girl Book Review

‘The Crow Girl’ Book Review

I don’t think I’ve ever read a book like The Crow Girl. I can’t decide if it was a work of high avant garde, wherein our expectations are subverted (no satisfying ending, double and triple tricks from unreliable narrators, perhaps making a comment on the overuse of unreliable narrators?). Or if it’s just a poorly written […]


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'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'

‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’ Review

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a story about Harry’s son Albus, whom we met at the end of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (He was the little guy who was afraid of being sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor at Hogwarts.) Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be spread across two plays, that will […]


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Review of 'In a Dark, Dark Wood'

‘In a Dark, Dark Wood’ Review

In a Dark, Dark Wood is a mystery/thriller that revolves around two friends, Nora and Clare, who haven’t seen or spoken to each other for ten years, since high school. They get together for Clare’s hen party (what the Brits call a bachelorette party). Nora doesn’t realize that Clare is marrying Nora’s high school sweetheart, until […]


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‘The Magicians’ Book Series Review

The Magicians book series has been compared to the Harry Potter book series, but it’s nothing like it. The big battle in Lev Grossman’s books isn’t the fight between good and evil; it’s the fight to grow up, or, the fight not to grow up. MILD SPOILERS The Magicians The Magicians book series focuses on a small group […]


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Dawn of Procyon

‘Dawn of Procyon’ Book Review

Dawn of Procyon, by Mark R. Healy, is an enjoyable science fiction book that’s quick to read, but engaging enough to make you want more. Story Dawn of Procyon is set on a distant planet, where humans have an outpost to help defend them in their war against the Argoni, who are black, rock-like aliens […]


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Irish Books for St. Patrick's Day

Irish Books for St. Patrick’s Day

Reading Irish books isn’t a traditional way of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, but it might be a more fulfilling one. Several authors from Ireland have published novels that have become successes, according to both critics and sales charts. Some Irish books are classics, and some are new classics. For St. Patrick’s Day, travel to Ireland […]


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Top 5 Historical Fiction Books Set in England

I’m drawn like a magnet to historical fiction books set in England. I seem to find them even when I’m not looking for them. After decades of reading these books, I have definite opinions on the best ones. If it weren’t for historical fiction, I would know very little about history. In school, history was […]


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‘A Discovery of Witches’ Review

A Discovery of Witches is the first book in the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness. It’s a paranormal romance, which was all the rage when it was published in 2011. (I feel the paranormal romance trend is waning, along with our interest in lusty vampires.) Somehow, this book managed to hoodwink readers into making it […]


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Best Audiobook Narrators, Most Entertaining

The best audiobook narrators keep you entertained and engaged, without becoming monotonous or boring. But how do you know which books will be entertaining to listen to? Keep reading. Why audiobooks? Audiobooks make so many tasks more palatable for me. Listening to the best audiobook narrators is like the proverbial carrot on the end of a […]


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The Prince of Knocknafay

‘Travers McCraken The Prince of Knocknafay’ Review

The tagline for this first novel by author Bret Bouriseau is “A Very Grown-Up Bedtime Story” isn’t quite accurate. Oh sure, there are the steamily written intimate scenes, and the occasional bawdy joke, but the “grown-up” part may make some people think it’s something that it’s not. It would be more precise to say “A […]


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The Paper Magician

‘The Paper Magician’ Review

I’m always looking for another good book to read. I find it very frustrating to endure reading a book that’s just not keeping my attention, or that’s written so poorly my eyes are in danger of falling out of my head due to heavy eye-rolling. Luckily, I have several friends who are also voracious readers […]


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Luckiest Girl Alive

‘Luckiest Girl Alive’ Book Review

Luckiest Girl Alive, by Jessica Knoll, is a smart, funny, surprising well-written book that keeps you reading and guessing until the very end. Maybe “guessing” is the wrong word. Although the narrative twists and turns, every surprise is earned and reasonable. The easy, lived-in, realistic voice of the narrator marks Knoll as the kind of […]


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Finders Keepers

‘Finders Keepers’ Review

I have been trying to figure out what I like so much about Stephen King for over thirty years. Obviously, the guy spins some page-turners, but what makes them so readable? There’s a lot going on — believable characters in unbelievable situations, for instance, make the unbelievable situations a lot more believable — but ultimately […]


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Top 10 Flash Moments in Comic Books

The DC All Access crew picked top 10 Flash scenes, meaning ten of Barry Allen’s fastest, best-est moments from the comic books. During the week of March 9th, Amazon has several books of The Flash on sale. Put these two things together and you’ve got a recipe for quick and easy  entertainment. (Links will open in […]


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Best of Maggie Stiefvater Books

Maggie Stiefvater (pronounced Steve-otter) is a brilliant young adult fiction author, who is becoming as beloved as Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games) or John Green (The Fault in Our Stars). She is creating her own brand of fiction that is usually based in reality, but has a paranormal twist. Sometimes the fantasy nature of her novels begins […]


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We Rank Highlander Romance Authors

I’ve discovered a great category of books for romance lovers: Highlander romance. Romance novels aren’t considered real literature, despite the fact that, according to a recent article in Entertainment Weekly, it’s the second biggest genre in fiction, selling over $1 billion annually. Part of the reason romance novels are scoffed at is because there are […]


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Infographic - Ranking Highland Romance Authors

Infographic: Ranking Highlander Romance Authors

This infographic ranks authors who write Highlander romance novels, based on ratings from readers at Goodreads. See the full introduction and explanation in the first part of this article.   Honorable mentions goes to Michele Sinclair, McTiernay Brothers series, 4.04 Mary Wine, Highlander series, 3.98 Karen Ranney, The Highland Lords, 3.84 Amanda Scott, Scottish Knights trilogy, 3.78 Thanks for reading! […]


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Top 10 Greatest Green Arrow Moments

DC All Access is a web series about hot happenings in the DC universe, whether it’s comics, TV shows or movies. This list of top 10 Green Arrow moments from the comic books includes a storyline written by fanboy auteur Kevin Smith. They go all gooey, talkin’ ’bout Green Arrow — Ollie Queen to those who […]


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Lacey Flint Series Review

Lacey Flint is a London-based cop who is more apt to follow her gut than procedure. But it’s not quite what you think. Unlike Dirty Harry, she’s not going to abandon women or girls who are being hurt, and damn anyone who says anything different. In the Lacey Flint series, violence against women abounds, not as […]


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Dear Daughter

‘Dear Daughter’ Book Review: So-so Writing, But Good Plot

Mysteries can be difficult to review properly because you don’t want to give the ending away.  So I’m just going to walk away from anything having to do with who the murderer is in this book. Sometimes, when you read an author, you can instantly tell who someone’s influences are.  When I read John Barth, […]


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Just One Evil Act

‘Just One Evil Act’ Review

I’ve been a fan of Elizabeth George for nearly twenty years. I first discovered her books while I was working in downtown Pittsburgh in the late ’90s. On my lunch break, I was browsing the mystery section at Barnes & Noble, looking for my next mystery book, when an employee recommended A Great Deliverance. I tore […]


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The Woodcutter

‘The Woodcutter’ by Kate Danley, Review

Fairy tales are hot right now. If you don’t think so, check out your TV menu, which is full of Once Upon a Time, Grimm and movies like Snow White and the Huntsman. The Woodcutter, by Kate Danley, tells the story of, well, the Woodcutter, who is the steward of the forest. It’s his job to keep the […]


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Critical Failures

‘Critical Failures (Caverns and Creatures)’ Review

I picked this book up on a lark. Rarely have I been so entertained by something I knew nothing about when I purchased it. Critical Failures (Caverns and Creatures) by Robert Bevan is a comedy-laced fantasy. It was definitely written for a specific audience (the tabletop role playing crowd), but I think even someone with […]


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Fury of Desire

‘Dragonfury’ Series Review

I can’t stop reading the Dragonfury series. I’ve read all of the books in the series, but after I finished Fury of Desire, by Coreene Callahan, I had to go back to a few of my favorite scenes. After that, I went back to Fury of Seduction and re-read my favorite scenes from that installment. I can’t seem to leave […]


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The Cuckoo's Calling Review

‘The Cuckoo’s Calling’ Review

My The Cuckoo’s Calling review examines the success of the novel once the true author was revealed, as well as a comparison to her other serious work. In case you missed it, The Cuckoo’s Calling was written by J.K. Rowling, under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. MILD SPOILERS. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED. I was relieved to love The Cuckoo’s […]


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