Sunday, November 13, 2016

Book Review: Resurrection

ResurrectionResurrection by Leo Tolstoy

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Human rights. Why not protect the dignity of all human beings? Surely, any society needs civility and some respected legality, but why remain knowingly blind to political corruption and social injustice?

Leo Tolstoy’s “Resurrection” unearths the hidden depths of prison life in 19th century Russia. Nekhlydov, a young landowner with military prestige, falls in love with Maslova, a beautiful maid. When classism dooms their budding love, the “animal man” in Nekhlydov stalks Maslova until she reluctantly submits. Both lives are ruined.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Writing Every Day Matters

Every so often I am amused with a new commercial: for just three easy installments of said amount, you could have a body like this too.... I realize that six pack abs, herculean pecs, and tree trunk arms and legs are easy to want, but the key ingredient cannot be sold; it must be endured. To have any kind of a healthy body, you have to work every day. The same is true with manuscripts.

Writer’s Digest has wisely reported over the years that writers write. And when I look back on my starts and stops and completions, I couldn’t agree more. So when I set out to complete a manuscript, I know that I need to make a daily effort. Here’s what works for me:

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Book Review: Never Go Back

Never Go Back (Jack Reacher, #18)Never Go Back by Lee Child

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

In "Never Go Back," Jack Reacher repeatedly offers adversaries the chance to run without contest or to come clean with what they know. Every time, Reacher beats them with physical strength and mental toughness. And every battle won figures into the war against him.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Book Review: The Doomsday Key

The Doomsday Key (Sigma Force, #6)The Doomsday Key by James Rollins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

James Rollins writes impressive thrillers. His prose provides a dynamic sensory experience, and his upending plots tend to take readers all over the world. Infusing scientific and historic depth and detail, Rollins delivers pulse-pounding fiction.