The Agency, by P.L. Crompton, is a first-class thriller. It’s also a lesson for writers who want to learn how to carry a story using dialog. The book transports the reader to a dystopian Calgary that displays only shadows of life as we know it today. The magic of Crompton’s writing makes everything believable, exciting,… Continue reading Review of “The Agency” by P.L. Crompton
A good book promises adventure, a journey into unknown and sometimes unpleasant places. You meet characters stripped naked by the literary magic of an author. You witness events laid bare because the writer pulls back the curtain, revealing the truth of life, the lie of life, the wry humor of life and everything in between.… Continue reading Review of “In The Wicker Wood: Where Secrets Are Buried.”
Charles Freedom Long has written an exceptional book in Dancing With The Dead. The writing is crisp, clear, and powerful. The science fiction world he creates contains sufficient remnants of today to capture readers with honesty, believability, and trust. In this respect, shades of the great SF writer, Isaac Asimov, appear. I once asked Asimov,… Continue reading Shades of the Great Isaac Asimov appear
Buccaneer, by Jack Carlton Reed and MayCay Beeler, tells the story of free spirits drawn into the flame of adventure, power, drugs, sex, and money. Most of the story is told from the inside, literally, because modern-day Robin Hoods inevitably stumble into the merciless grip of Federal authorities. One does not expect the free spirit… Continue reading Freefalling Into Freedom
Riding the Dog, by Sybil Rosen, takes readers through nine extraordinary “bus stories.” This award-winning author uses Greyhound buses as the literary vehicle for writing about people who wear the greatness of survival, and the pain of existence. At times, her prose approaches pure magic. A timeworn “jellybean” cliché gives birth to the sting of… Continue reading Take the Trip. Ride the Dog.
The setup: The heart transplant that can save your life beats in the chest of a clone who calls you “Grandpa.” The delivery: Author William E Mason wonderful novel, Chloe The Clone, flows smoothly through a spectrum of emotions. It leaps from paragraph to page to chapter after chapter of twists, turns, hope and fear.… Continue reading Temple’s review of “Chloe the Clone” by William E. Mason
David Haight has written an extraordinary collection of short stories. Lemon casts a harsh, often merciless light on ordinary events. He shows the cracks of not-quite-broken lives, revealing their overlooked corners and sharp edges with well-crafted dialog and prose. In the midst of bitterness, readers will stumble across unexpected moments of hope. Irony has a… Continue reading Temple’s Review of “Lemon” — a collection of short stories by David Haight
I am going to buy this book as soon as I recover from tomorrow with my daily penicillin shot (I am joking, in the spirit of the book). I have always wondered why penicillin’s pioneer, Nobel Laureate Alexander Fleming called it a shot. Now I know. As an indefensible reference book, LOST and PROFOUND proves… Continue reading Lost and Profound: The Rejected Book Reviews by Famous People
Sometimes a superb writer can ask you a question you never, ever considered, and then answer it in ways that make you wonder why you never asked the question. Where did business start and what was the profession? Who discovered the magic of money? When did the concept of profit raise its stakes? Why? How?… Continue reading The Origins of Business, Money and Markets (Columbia Business School Publishing) by Keith Roberts
Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton is the most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years. Who could think of an intergalactic handbook for entrepreneurs? Who could turn a tree-hugger into a paranormal event of death-defying significance? Who could create characters so believable, so funny, so astonishingly human (and not)? Robert… Continue reading The most enjoyable science fiction novel I have read in several years.