Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957)

2018-01-29T17:02:50-05:00

The winter months are good reading months for me, especially when snug indoors with a view of the snowy cityscape. I've been reading more than I've been reviewing here, so here's a peek into the recent stacks. Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957) were read with

Iris Murdoch’s Under the Net (1954) and The Sandcastle (1957)2018-01-29T17:02:50-05:00

Marian Engel’s No Clouds of Glory #1968club

2017-10-30T08:13:14-05:00

If Marian Engel had not died mid-career, her name might have been as well known today as Margaret Atwood's today. Instead her name graces an award granted to a Canadian female writer mid-career by the Writers' Trust. A variety of forms, a strong feminist voice, challenging female characters, a fascination

Marian Engel’s No Clouds of Glory #1968club2017-10-30T08:13:14-05:00

Suzette Mayr’s Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall (2017)

2017-09-13T09:11:50-05:00

It's not quite as bad as Edith's dreams. Not quite. But almost. And that's because Suzette Mayr has a way of writing that pricks beneath the skin. "That night Edith dreams of hares. Hares hanging by their necks, throttled by catgut in a thicket of trees. Someone has executed

Suzette Mayr’s Dr. Edith Vane and the Hares of Crawley Hall (2017)2017-09-13T09:11:50-05:00

The Promise Falls Trilogy

2017-01-06T11:04:07-05:00

Promise Falls has a history. You might not think so, but it matters. “Are we too insignificant up here: A couple of hours away from New York? Is that what we’re foolish enough to think? Let me tell you something, my friend. You want to strike fear into the hearts

The Promise Falls Trilogy2017-01-06T11:04:07-05:00

Page-turners and other gripping reads

2020-09-16T15:53:59-05:00

What's interesting about each of these novels is that none fits a traditional model in the suspense genre. Shari Lapena's The Couple Next Door is the closest to a conventional thriller. But even her novel spends more time on characterization and atmosphere than many loyal genre readers would tolerate. Nonetheless, she

Page-turners and other gripping reads2020-09-16T15:53:59-05:00
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