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Book Review: The Second Chances of Priam Wood by Alexander Rigby

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Book Review: The Second Chances of Priam Wood by Alexander Rigby

Book Review: The Second Chances of Priam Wood by Alexander Rigby Priam Wood is an elderly man, dying of pancreatic cancer. When given the opportunity to relive seven days of his life, his choices change the course of his life. I am roughly the age of the protagonist, Priam, at the end of this book. Thus I can relate to the loss of loved ones and the desire to do things differently, to be a different person. The book provoked me to question which seven of my own days I would redo if I could. Though Alexander Rigby tackles big issues in this...

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Book Review: Intended for Harm by C. S. Lakin

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Book Review: Intended for Harm by C. S. Lakin

 Intended for Harm by C.S. Lakin covers the life of Jake Abrams over a period of forty years. While the writing is eloquent and expressive, the book is not without its flaws. The first part deals with Jake’s marriage to Leah, a woman prone to depression and who loves being pregnant more than caring for her children. After Leah abandons her husband and four children, Jake marries Rachel and has another two children. During this second portion of the book, the Biblical overtones become a bit heavy-handed, even understanding that the novel...

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Book Review: Purgatorium (Books 1-3 Boxed Set) by Eva Pohler

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Book Review: Purgatorium (Books 1-3 Boxed Set) by Eva Pohler

Book Review: Purgatorium (Books 1-3 Boxed Set) by Eva Pohler  The Purgatorium series by Eva Pohler is a high-thrills, suspense-packed boxed set with a plot rampant with twists and turns. Ms. Pohler develops the setting well, creating a history of a Pacific Coast island and combining it with the geography of the region and Native American mythology. Dr. Gray and her psychiatrist cohorts represented modern medicine taken to an extreme, and I wondered if the end results of their “living art” justified their over-the-top means. The series is...

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Book Review: The Fruit of the Fallen by J. C. Burnham

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Book Review:  The Fruit of the Fallen by J. C. Burnham

Book Review:  The Fruit of the Fallen by J. C. Burnham A dying nun thrusts a baby into the arms of Dr. Jonathan Keats. His life alters dramatically from that point. All he know is that the child’s name is Serenity, and she must be protected at all costs. His quest for answers leads him to Europe where he discovers intrigue within the Vatican involving an ancient secret religious faction. A story laced with prophecies, angels, demons, hellhounds, The Fruit of the Fallen pulls motifs from Christian theology and mixes it with murder and...

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Book Review: Jonesbridge: Echoes of Hinterland by M. E. Parker

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Book Review: Jonesbridge: Echoes of Hinterland by M. E. Parker

Book Review:  Jonesbridge: Echoes of Hinterland by M. E. Parker From the intensely chilling opening scene of torture combined with brain-washing, Parker builds a unique dystopic world. A “patriotic slave” like many more of Jonesbridge’s residents, Myron works as a slog in the Jonesbridge Industrial Complex. Like prisoners of war, they are fed just enough to keep them functioning. Women are sterilized. Slogs are worked to death, recycling anything they can to fuel a never-ending war against the Eastern Bloc, a holdover from the Zealot War in...

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Book Review: Woman, Woman by Angela de Hoyos

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Book Review: Woman, Woman by Angela de Hoyos

Book Review: Woman, Woman by Angela de Hoyos Woman, Woman by Angela de Hoyos is a brief book filled with startlingly beautiful poetry, meant to be savored. Understated, ironic, humorous, very personal work. People with no knowledge of Spanish might have some difficulty with a couple of the poems. I don’t think there was a poem I didn’t like, but several I adored, especially “Up to a Certain Point” appealed to me as an artist and author. When I know my sky to be blue and your brush insists on painting it purple…...

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Book Review: The Rug Bazaar by Marylee MacDonald

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Book Review: The Rug Bazaar by Marylee MacDonald

Book Review: The Rug Bazaar by Marylee MacDonald In The Rug Bazaar, Marylee MacDonald gives us two short stories set in contemporary Turkey. Ms. MacDonald nails the setting from the Boshorus seaside to the rug bazaars. Cultural differences, sexual differences, and financial and power differences punctuate these stories. Two single American women are vacationing separately in Turkey. Both are lonely, seeking refuge from the dullness of their lives in the States. Angela’s brother is in prison and she hasn’t seen him for years.  Bonnie is...

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Book Review: Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald

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Book Review: Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald

Book Review: Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald is a subtle, carefully crafted novel that captures the struggles of a family disrupted by Lou Gehrig’s disease. Colleen, the mother, attempts to “save” her daughter by becoming caregiver to the son-in-law, Tony, as his disease progresses. Colleen is an admirable character for such self-sacrifice, yet MacDonald captures her moments of being less than likable—and all too human—when Tony’s self-centered behavior infuriates her,...

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Book review: Lamentation, a novel by Joe Clifford

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Book review:  Lamentation, a novel by Joe Clifford

Book review:  Lamentation, a novel by Joe Clifford Lamentation is filled with true-to-life characters living in the sordid underbelly of small-town America, the places Leave it to Beaver never dealt with. Jay Porter, a troubled young man, remains tied to his hometown by his own lack of get-up-and-go and memories of his once-happy childhood. His parents died when he and his brother Chris were young. Jay is leading a fairly miserable life, working odd jobs, barely making ends meet, behind on child support, separated from his one true love with...

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