Smokin’ story collections!

Short story collections have enriched my reading lately. What strikes me most about the books I’ve read is how creative the authors—or in the case of one anthology, the authors and editors—were in framing their projects. It’s not just writing style that distinguishes...

Three books: Incantation, Shanghai Love, Quiet Dell

I received a message from Goodreads toward the end of December congratulating me for having read all of three books in 2013. I don’t track of the number of books I read in a year, but it’s more like fifty than three. While I’ve managed to keep up...

Why not write quick book reviews?

Brief book reviews have merit Do you post book reviews online at Amazon, Goodreads and other such sites? I do so only sporadically. I’d like to get in the habit of writing quick reviews after finishing books I’ve enjoyed. (I shy away from doing negative...

A memorable character beautifully rendered

Huachuca Woman is thoroughly researched and beautifully written, with some scenes breathtaking in their elegant use of language and their strong emotional impact. The main chacter, Jo, recounts her life’s adventures to two of her grandchildren who have come to...