book reviews

Book Review: The Red House by Mark Haddon

Let me say at the outset that I am an agonizingly slow reader. It generally takes me about the same amount of time to read a book as it would to write one. To have received a book on Christmas Day and have it finished by New Year’s Day speaks buckets about the appeal of […]

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In Search of Good Descriptions

I am reading The Red House by Mark Haddon.  I promise to give you a full review when I finish it. It is beautifully and creatively written. I have been captivated by his style. Haddon is a master of description. His book is about the families of two estranged siblings—a brother (Richard) and sister (Angela)—coming […]

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I Am I Said…

I read Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games over the summer and I knew with all certainty, before I finished the first sentence, that Katniss, the story’s protagonist, [spoiler alert!] would still be standing by the time I reached the last page. While I know it was a popular read, I was not a huge fan of […]

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Reading List: A Few Titles for Your Consideration

I live in Reston, Virginia, a Washington DC suburb, so our newspaper is The Washington Post. Last Sunday there was a whole section devoted to the best books of 2012. Most of the books I had not heard of and a majority of the authors were new to me.  It was refreshing to see names […]

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Book Review: One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

I am a huge fan of an author by the name of Jonathan Tropper, and I just finished his latest book. A few weeks ago Tropper released One Last Thing Before I Go which is his sixth novel since he debuted with his first novel Plan B in 2001. I have read them all and […]

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The Truth About Non-Fiction: 4 Recommendations

I have been so focused on fiction and discussions about cultivating ideas, characters, plot and pacing that I have ignored the whole non-fiction side of the aisle.  Not all writers “make stuff up.” I have to confess that as a kid I wasn’t much of a reader and I certainly wasn’t going to waste my […]

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Make ‘Em Laugh

If you enjoy humorous fiction as much as I do, there are three authors that rank at the top of my list of recommendations: Christopher Moore, Jonathan Tropper and Michael Malone. Dave Barry and Carl Hiaassen are up there too but Moore, Tropper and Malone are my favorites. At least at the moment. Christopher Moore […]

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