November 11, 2016

Note: all middle grade fiction is reviewed by my ten-year old son, Alex.

Hatchet is about a thirteen year old boy named Brian Robeson. His parents are divorced, and he knows the secret to why after he saw something happen. 

Now he is sitting in the co-pilot seat of a sin...

July 1, 2016

A friend recently suggested I should compile a list of book recommendations for Father’s Day gifts. Owing to extreme domestic dysfunction (i.e. my children are out of school for the summer) this list is rolling in a little late. But it’s a great idea! Thank you, Ali Kr...

April 20, 2016

Anyone want to take a guess as to the approximate time period of the Golden Age of pirates? If you guessed 1650–1720 then you’re obviously a huge nerd, but congratulations. You're right.

We’ve all seen Pirates of the Caribbean, so we have a vivid mental image when it co...

April 18, 2016

So. I personally have written 1.5 as-of-yet-unpublished novels, which does not exactly qualify me as a world-class writing expert. But consider a couple of writing patterns I discovered in this week’s reviewed book:

—A tendency toward superfluous adverbs: “He was f...

June 1, 2015

This is another one of those times when I’ve read quite a bit but nothing stands out as excellent. That’s about to change, because I’m in the middle of Purity, Jonathan Franzen’s new novel. I’m sure I speak for everyone on earth when I say he’s an unparalleled maestro...

April 1, 2015

This week I did not have anything to recommend wholeheartedly, so here are a few mini-reviews of some books I just read. They are completely different genres, so there should be something for everyone…

The Heist by Daniel Silva: This is a spy thriller starring an Israel...

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