The Fifth Season – N.K. Jemisin

I keep a “To-Read” list on my phone.  When I read a positive review of a book or hear about something that sounds interesting, I add it to the list.  The list is fairly long and oftentimes there’s a significant lag between adding a title and actually reading it.  That means that I sometimes pick […]

Artemis – Andy Weir

Total beach/vacation book.  Easy read, no messages, no deep meanings.  It’s a science fiction story about a conspiracy in a settlement on the moon.  The story keeps your attention and if you’re planning to be on a beach soon – and you like science fiction (and you’re a guy, as it’s a total guy book) […]

A State of Freedom – Neel Mukherjee

Exquisitely written, cleverly structured, powerfully resonant to the very last line. . . . A profoundly intelligent and empathetic novel of privilege and poverty, advancement and entrapment.      – Wall Street Journal Simply gorgeous. . . . A State of Freedom is a marvel of a book, shocking and beautiful, and it proves that Mukherjee is […]

Munich – Robert Harris

I think I’ve read every book Harris has written except for one, and enjoyed them all.  This is no exception.  The novel is about the Munich Conference in 1938, wherein Great Britain and France completely capitulated to Hitler and gave him the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia with the hope that it would keep him from starting […]

A Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

I was probably a fourth of the way through this book before I realized that the story is what the story is.  I know that doesn’t make much sense, but the story is very concentrated and it takes a bit to understand that it’s not straying from a single focus.  It takes place in Russia, […]

Dialogues with the Devil – Taylor Caldwell

The premise of the book is a series of letters and eventually a meeting between the archangel Michael and Lucifer.  They write each other and finally decide to meet on some unknown planet.  Michael tries to convince Lucifer to stop his rebellion and come back to heaven.  Lucifer counters that he can’t believe God created […]