Book Review # 21: Origin

Author: Dan Brown Publisher: Doubleday Publishing Date: 2017 Number of Pages: 461 Genre: Suspense, Thriller Synopsis: Bilbao, Spain Robert Langdon, Harvard professor of symbology and religious iconology, arrives at the ultramodern Guggenheim Museum Bilbao to attend a major announcement – the unveiling of a discovery that “will change the face of science forever.” The evening’s […]

Book Review # 19: The Name of The Rose

Author: Umberto Eco Translator: William Weaver Publisher: Picador Publishing Date: 1984 Number of Pages: 502 Genre: Historical, Mystery Synopsis: “Franciscan friar William of Baskerville and Adso of Melk, a Benedictine novice travelling under his protection, arrive at a Benedictine monastery in Northern Italy to attend a theological disputation. Upon their coming, the monastery is disturbed by […]

Book Review # 18: The Pillars of the Earth

Author: Ken Follett Publisher: Signet Novel Publishing Date: August 1990 Number of Pages: 983 Genre: Historical Synopsis: As a new age dawns in England’s twelfth century, the building of a mighty Gothic cathedral sets the stage for a story of intrigue and power, revenge and betrayal. It is in this rich tapestry, where kings and […]

Book Review # 17: All The Light We Cannot See

Author: Anthony Doerr Publisher: Scribner Publishing Date: 2014 Number of Pages: 530 Genre: Historical, Romance Synopsis: Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of […]

Book Review # 16: Turtles All The Way Down

Author: John Green Publisher: Dutton Books Publishing Date: 2017 Number of Pages: 286 Genre: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Romance Synopsis: Sixteen-year old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance […]

Book Review # 14: After Dark

Author: Haruki Murakami Translator: Jay Rubin Publisher: Vintage Books Publishing Date: April 2008 Number of Pages: 244 Genre: Contemporary, Surrealism, Speculative Fiction Synopsis:  “A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.” Background I was introduced to the wonderful world of Haruki Murakami […]

Book Review # 12: The Vegetarian

Author: Han Kang Translator: Deborah Smith Publisher: Hogarth Publishing Date: 2015 Number of Pages: 188 Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Asian Culture, Literary Fiction Synopsis:  Before the nightmares began, Yeong-hye and her husband lived an ordinary, controlled life. But the dreams – invasive images of blood and brutality – torture her, driving Yeong-hye to purge her mind […]