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On Our Bookshelves: The Rook
16 November 2022 by Laura LaVelle

*** NOVEL: The Rook AUTHOR: Daniel O’Malley YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 2012 REVIEW:  *** The Rook is a little bit Harry Potter, and a bit of James Bond, and a lot of Jason Bourne, with a female lead.  Myfanwy Thomas is an operative in a secret supernatural agency in London, and also an amnesiac.  Can she … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: The Rook

On Our Bookshelves: Silverlock
28 September 2022 by Laura LaVelle

*** NOVEL: Silverlock AUTHOR: John Myers Myers YEAR OF PUBLICATION: 1949 REVIEW:  *** Silverlock has a terrific opening line: “If I had cared to live, I would have died.” A. Clarence Shandon didn’t panic and exhaust himself during a shipwreck.  Being depressed, isolated, and indifferent to his own life (and others’ lives), he survived–and was … Continue reading On Our Bookshelves: Silverlock

On Our Bookshelves: Lives in Writing
20 April 2022 by Laura LaVelle

Lives in Writing is a rather good compendium of essays about authors and their work, written by David Lodge, a fine writer himself, with illuminating insight on biographies, autobiographies, biographical fiction, memoirs, correspondence, and diaries.