Bibliophile’s Farewell: Anne Rice’s “Blood Communion”/An End to an Era

Be sure to click the above link to be directed to Barnes and Noble’s website, in order to pre-order a signed copy of Anne Rice’s upcoming Vampire Chronicles  installment Blood Communion, being released October 2nd, 2018 Writing a farewell post is extremely difficult, something I’ve purposely held off now for a score of months. I admittedly do…

Review of Margaret Atwood’s “The Heart Goes Last”

IndieBound/Kobo/Books-A-Million/Barnes & Nobles/Amazon Synopsis-(Taken from product detail page, on Indiebound): Margaret Atwood puts the human heart to the ultimate test in an utterly brilliant new novel that is as visionary as”The Handmaid’s Tale”and as richly imagined as”The Blind Assassin.” Stan and Charmaine are a married couple trying to stay afloat in the midst of an…

Review of Uprooted by: Naomi Novik

 Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Indiebound Synopsis of book, Taken from Amazon Product Detail Page: “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s…

Review of Nancy Thayer’s “The Guest Cottage”

Amazon/ Barnes & Nobles/ Goodreads This is a fair, honest review of the book, even though I did receive a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for a review. Reviewing beach reads, as with reviewing books of varying genres, tends to involve an entirely different rubric or set of rules. The rubric contains all…

Review of “The Buried Giant” by: Kazuo Ishiguro

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Goodreads “To die, to sleep – To sleep, perchance to dream – ay, there’s the rub, For in this sleep of death what dreams may come…” –William Shakespeare: Hamlet- In my undergrad years (my idealist, wanderlust years as an English undergrad), I wrote a Shakespeare essay, analyzing the dichotomous relationship between “light” and “dark,”…

Review of “F,” by: Daniel Kehlman

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/Goodreads Novel Released Today: August 26, 2014, from Patheon/ Knopf Publishing Services     Ever since the nineteen-fifties or sometime around there, philosophy has practically been bogged down in existential vexations: questions and intellectual extrapolations surrounding the meaning of human existence and consciousness in a century that has been bursting with the revolutionary…

Lestat Book Coven Newsletter-8/21/14

**Read the entire post to find out more details on how you can win a genuine signed, first-edition hardcover edition of The Vampire Lestat!!**     NEWS ABOUT Coven of the Articulate: A Scholarly Compendium of Anne Rice’s novels. (Click the hyperlinked text, to read more information about essay submission guidelines and the ultimate deadline for all…

Review of The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit by Graham Joyce

Amazon/Barnes & Nobles/ Books-A-Million/ Goodreads       Combining the air of whimsical charm of Tim Burton’s Big Fish and the slightly offbeat, lugubrious melodrama of Donnie Darko,you end up with my best description of the type of unconventional storytelling that is at the heart of Graham Joyce’s newest novel The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit….

Dean Koontz’s “The City” Book Club Contest Details

First, I have some bad news to relay. I haven’t been able to quite get into Dean Koontz’s new book, The City,so I wasn’t able to publish an extensive review on time about the book in time for its release today into the wider world of the commercial book market. But, I can still post details…

Review of Red Doc> by Anne Carson

Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Books-A-Million   Review written by Jonathan E. Book Published by: Knopf/Vintage I’ve always been one to believe that we dream while asleep to make sense of the world in ways we cannot do while awake. For the most part, our waking life is dictated by the rational; we know…

Review of Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Review of Red Rising by Pierce Brown Published January 28th 2014 by Del Rey (Random House) Reviewed by Anastacia Zittel My rating: 3 of 5 stars Amazon.com (Kindle Edition)/Barnes and Nobles (Nook Edition)/Kobo/ Goodreads (all other formats)   Darrow is a Helldiver, one of thousands of men and women who live beneath the surface of Mars….