Book Reviews

poetry

Sunlit Imagery, Heartfelt Lament: Two Chapbooks by William Heath

Reviewed by David Salner William Heath’s distinguished writing career includes scholarly books plus crime and historical novels. With these two new chapterbooks Heath shows us what he can do as a poet, from sunlit imagery to heartfelt lament. The reader would expect a mastery of setting in a volume titled Leaving Seville. But Heath’s lines… Continue reading Sunlit Imagery, Heartfelt Lament: Two Chapbooks by William Heath

historical fiction

Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

Reviewed by Nadia Benjelloun Bombs, beards, and belly-dancing. Rather than just a fun alliteration to say, this phrase would summarize what would come to mind upon hearing the word Arab. This is the epitome of orientalism. It’s all due to narrative, but just as there are misconstrued Arab and Muslim representations from sources that range… Continue reading Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

Ficton, Thriller

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Reviewed by Karisma J. Tobin Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream tells the haunting story of a mother’s experience of an unfamiliar town. Vacationing with her young daughter, Nina, Amanda finds herself unsettled. It soon becomes clear that there is something strange about this place.   It’s the worms. You have to be patient and wait. And… Continue reading Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Suspense, Thriller

The Slayer: Hell Awakens by Meg Sechrest

Human or vampire, no one can escape their fate. Born and raised in the small town of Grundy Hill, West Virginia, Abigail Taylor knew that her life was anything but normal. Everyone in town knew her father was weird and knew better than to date his estranged daughter. On her 21st birthday, Abbi awakens a… Continue reading The Slayer: Hell Awakens by Meg Sechrest

Ficton, historical fiction, Romance

Shakespeare’s Younger Sister by Geoffrey Craig

Author's note: This book is meant for mature audiences When, in the spring of 1592, fictional eighteen-year-old Constance Shakespeare joins her brother, Will, in London, she is in for any number of surprises. Expecting opportunities not available under her father’s domination in Stratford, she finds life in London far more complicated and challenging, yet exhilarating,… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Younger Sister by Geoffrey Craig