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16 12, 2014

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

By | December 16th, 2014|Categories: Coming of Age, Genre Fiction, Literature & Fiction, Metaphysical, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense|Tags: , , |7 Comments

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ghost in the electric blue suit book coverReviewed by Nina Longfield

Graham Joyce begins his novel, The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit, in 1976 during the hottest summer in England’s living memory (according to the narrator). Joyce’s writing caters to that sultry, almost lethargic sensation of heat and stickiness. His words flow onto the page like a languid wave yet embraces and encapsulates the reader into the moment. The moment is a bleak seaside resort at Skegness on England’s east coast; this is where David Barwise has sought summer employment.

David is an unreliable narrator. There is a sense that he is holding something back from the reader. Perhaps he does not realize this, since there is an admitted mystery in his life that he is trying to uncover. David visited Skegness once long before with his biological father when he was

8 05, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho

By | May 8th, 2013|Categories: Genre Fiction, Giveaways, Historical, Literature & Fiction, Metaphysical, Science Fiction & Fantasy|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

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16054811Please join Paulo Coelho, author of Manuscript Found in Accra, as he tours the blogosphere with TLC Book Tours.

Enter to win a copy below – open to US and Canada!

Reviewed by Marcus Hammond

Much of Paulo Coelho’s writing can be categorized as metaphysical. Metaphysics, in essence, is a study of how one uses broad concepts to help define reality and our experiences within that reality. In Manuscript Found in Accra, Coelho uses a similar structure to that of Kahil Gibran’s The Prophet to provide insight into how we should experience topics like love, friendship, regret, loss, and family. Coelho loosely employs a fictional situation where a group of Jews, Christians, and Muslims gathers around a wise man, referred to as the Copt, to hear his words of wisdom prior to an attack by crusaders on Jerusalem. Through this

18 07, 2012

Review: The Reckoning by Alma Katsu

By | July 18th, 2012|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Historical, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Metaphysical|Tags: , , , |5 Comments

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Reviewed by Claudia Robinson

“The smothering darkness he’d struggled with, the vast loneliness he’d felt in prison, threatened to overwhelm him again, and it was only with great effort that he managed to push it away. He was free now and would rejoin the living.” ~ Adair

The Reckoning, by Alma Katsu is the second installment of three, and I was excited to be afforded the pleasure and honor of reviewing it, as I’d read and reviewed Alma’s previous novel, The Taker, and fallen immediately and completely in love with her writing style and characters. The Taker left us wondering about Luke and Lanny’s future. On the lamb from the law, new identities in place, The Reckoning picks up where The Taker left off, with Lanny and Luke living in London. Lanny is busy dispensing of many of

4 11, 2011

Review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgensterm

By | November 4th, 2011|Categories: Contemporary, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Metaphysical|Tags: , , , |10 Comments

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Reviewed by Megan Saldecki

The Night Circus was unlike any novel I’ve ever read. The imagery seemed to take precedence over the plot, but unlike other reviewers, I didn’t feel like it overpowered.

The characters were just as wonderful as the descriptions, each coming alive while I read. There wasn’t one character I didn’t like and not one character that felt underdeveloped. I applaud Erin Morgensterm for creating something that not very many authors can accomplish.

Celia in particular was such a great character and I loved being able to watch her grow up. It seems like she had to be so strong to keep everything balanced and you could really see what a toll it took on her. I loved the kindess Morgensterm put into her character.

Marco was so very dreamy and such a great match for Celia. Their romance scenes were

20 09, 2009

Review: The Rapture by Liz Jensen

By | September 20th, 2009|Categories: Contemporary, Genre Fiction, Literary, Literature & Fiction, Metaphysical|Tags: , |1 Comment

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Reviewed by Jennifer Jensen

After a devastating car accident renders art therapist Gabrielle Fox paralyzed from the waist down, Gabrielle finds herself taking on the most challenging patient of her career. Sixteen year old Bethany Krall has been locked up in Oxsmith, a British psychiatric hospital, for repeatedly stabbing her mother to death with a screwdriver. The daughter of a charismatic preacher, Bethany is anything but the ideal preacher’s daughter. Bethany can predict world disasters down to the exact date, foretelling what she claims is the beginning of the Rapture.

After a hurricane strikes in Rio and kills over 4000 people, Gabrielle slowly begins to believe Bethany’s predictions. A chance meeting with physicist Frazer Melville provides Gabrielle with the connections she needs to warn the rest of the world of the horrors yet to come.

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