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 # 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 # 11: The Knife of Never Letting Go (Book I of Walking Chaos Trilogy)

Author: Patrick Ness Publisher: Walker Books Publishing Date: 2008 Number of Pages: 479 Genre: Dystopian, Young Adult, Contemporary Synopsis: Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets. Then, just one month away from the birthday that will make […]

Book Review # 6: Stones from the River

Author: Ursula Hegi Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction Publishing Date: 1994 Number of Pages: 525 pages Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: Trudi Montag is a Zwerg – a dwarf – short, undesirable, different, the voice of anyone who has ever tried to fit in. Eventually, she learns that being different is a secret that all humans share – from her mother who flees […]

Book Review # 5: The Book of Daniel

Author: E.L. Doctorow Publisher: Modern Library Publishing Date: September 1983 Number of Pages: 303 pages Genre: Historical Synopsis As Cold War hysteria inflames America, FBI agents knock on the Bronx apartment door of a Communist man and his wife. After a highly controversial trial, the couple go to the electric chair for treason despite worldwide […]