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I Wrote Some Books

Today is a day that for seven years, seemed like that dream where you’re running and running towards something but that something seemed to only get further and further away. I’m happy to say I’ve finally reached that something–publication. For those that don’t know, this time last year, I was in the throes of writing a short story every week and …

Book Review – The Directorate by Berthold Gambrel

When Berthold Gambrel announced the publication of his second novel, The Directorate, I grinned from ear to ear. It was difficult to recall the last time I had dug into a good military space opera. There was a youthful summer when it was all I read, but it’s since been one of many genres that I cycle through. Let me tell …

Book Review – Second Chance Romance by Jill Weatherholt

As writers, expanding our literary horizons is one of several keys to getting better. If we narrow our lens into the world, we limit what we can pull out of it and stuff into our toolbox. My natural inclinations may not have me buying tickets for an upcoming ballet performance, joining the local quilting club, or, ahem, reading a faith-based …

Book Review – Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin

With Carrie Rubin’s new book, The Bone Curse, coming out shortly, I’m a little (a lot) behind the times with this review, but it’s better late than never to spend time with such a gem. Eating Bull is Carrie Rubin’s sophomore effort, a thriller centering on overweight Jeremy Barton (unaffectionately known as “Eating Bull”) and a serial killer with a …

Book Review – Between the Shadow and Lo by Lauren Sapala

Between the Shadow and Lo isn’t a book for everybody, but that doesn’t mean everybody shouldn’t read it. I don’t care who you are, at some level, addiction is something to which we can all relate. If you don’t have a vice, you’re not being honest with yourself and Lauren Sapala’s book is the cure: It’s a fistful of tightly …

Book Review – Shibumi by Trevanian

Shibumi is understanding, rather than knowledge. Eloquent silence. Shibumi is a meta-spy novel originally published in 1979, written by an author known only as Trevanian (later identified as Rodney William Whitaker). What exactly is a meta-spy novel? Think Ian Fleming’s James Bond stories, but with bucko literary flair and an anti-hero plot gone wild. Throughout Shibumi, Trevanian has poured glass …

Book Review – The Three Theban Plays by Sophocles

“One soul is enough, I know, to pay the debt for thousands, if one will go to the gods in all good faith.” There’s a pattern with many of these Greek tragedies. Through the sad tales of cursed families, they illustrate the evolution of Western civilization. Fifth-century Athens was a light in the dark, a young democracy, and the Athenians …

Book Review – The Beardless Warriors by Richard Matheson

“How do you beat your enemy unless you fire your weapon at him? You fire and you advance–hell, that’s combat, that’s it.” It’s December, 1944, and within the span of twenty days, an eighteen-year-old boy turns from green combat replacement into battle-hardened veteran. The things he sees, the actions in which he engages, forever change Private Everett Hackermeyer. The young …

Book Review – Occasional Soulmates by Kevin Brennan

So this is the end of my relationship novel. Due to its self-aware writing style, Occasional Soulmates might be called a metanovel. Immediately, this may turn off some readers, but for me, it’s one of the reasons I love Kevin Brennan. He’s an author that can take traditional tropes and make them interesting again. Dr. Rachel Phelan is a single, …

Book Review – 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

That’s what the world is, after all; an endless battle of contrasting memories. I don’t mind usurping another reviewer’s thoughts when they strike a chord, so I’ll shamelessly steal the idea that this is Murakami’s marathon novel. The man writes and runs, so at 1,157 pages, 1Q84 appears to be a fusion of the two. Running a marathon takes endurance, …