Book Reviews

the machine murders
crime

The Machine Murders by CJ Abazis

Summary via Amazon In The Machine Murders, data scientist Manos Manu arrives on the Greek island of Mykonos to attend a friend’s luxurious wedding, but soon finds himself on the hunt for a serial killer. The murderer abducts his victims, runs their body through with chains and sinks them offshore attached to a buoy scrawled… Continue reading The Machine Murders by CJ Abazis

Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano
Ficton, Science Fiction

Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano

Reviewed by Desiree Willis Jakarta focuses on the life of an unnamed narrator in a dystopian society where the virus Z-bug has caused nearly the extinction of the human race. Where he resides, his partner Clara holds a strong connection to a glowing stone; which holds powers that allow for the narrator to view past… Continue reading Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano

Repentance by Andrew Lam
historical fiction

Repentance by Andrew Lam

Reviewed by Cara LaVigne “Kodomo no tameni… It means, ‘for the sake of the children.’”
 Andrew Lam’s Repentance unravels the life of a dysfunctional family as he reveals the secrets of a soldier fighting during WWII in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit composed of Japanese-American soldiers. The title of the book, Repentance,… Continue reading Repentance by Andrew Lam

Parisian Lives, by Deirdre Bair, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
memoir

Parisian Lives, by Deirdre Bair, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday

Reviewed by Martha Patterson In this shining and hard-to-put down memoir, journalist Deirdre Bair writes of interviews she conducted with playwright Samuel Beckett (WAITING FOR GODOT) and feminist Simone de Beauvoir (THE SECOND SEX) in Paris during the 1970s and ‘80s, while completing biographies of both. Bair had never authored a biography before, but Beckett,… Continue reading Parisian Lives, by Deirdre Bair, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday

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