Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow Peter Hoeg “Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow” was the book that introduced me both to Nordic noir and contemporary literary fiction, and was a major push towards my life-long fascination with the Nordic countries (in case you’re wondering, Scandinavia is the Nordic countries that speak Germanic languages, while “the Nordic […]Read more "“Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow” by Peter Hoeg"
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand In “Unbroken,” Laura Hillenbrand returns to tell another story (after “Seabiscuit”) of someone who has been bloodied by adversity, but not broken by it. Louie Zamperini was one of the world’s hottest track stars, breaking record after record and running in the 1936 Olympics. Then WWII broke out, and he ended up […]Read more "“Unbroken” by Laura Hillenbrand"
Winds of Fate Mercedes Lackey Back in the heady days of 2016, when some of us thought there might be a chance of electing a woman as president of the US (and yes, it matters that it is the president of the US and not some other country; lovely as it is that countries like […]Read more "“Winds of Fate” by Mercedes Lackey"
Straight Dick Francis “Straight” has always been one of my favorite Francis stories, and I’m not sure why. The main topic–gemstones–holds absolutely zero interest for me, and neither do the clever gadgets that the main character has to figure out. But maybe that’s why it’s interesting. The chances of me ever wearing lots of gems, […]Read more "“Straight” by Dick Francis"
Just Like the Bronte Sisters Laurel Osterkamp Jo Beth and Skylar are about as close as sisters can be, despite seeming complete opposites: Jo Beth is a daredevil ski racer, while Skylar loves to read. But then everything changes. I have a hard time summing up “Just Like the Bronte Sisters,” since, while it’s not […]Read more "“Just Like the Bronte Sisters” by Laurel Osterkamp"
The Fountain Boxed Set Ellison Blackburn I’ve enjoyed reading all three books in The Fountain trilogy, so I’m glad to see them all gathered together in this boxed set, which is definitely the convenient way to get them. The Fountain is a unique addition to the speculative fiction/technothriller genre, telling the story of two (very […]Read more "The Fountain Boxed Set by Ellison Blackburn"
A Double Life Karolina Pavlova Although of course Russian literature is the best literature, or something like that, it does have a significant flaw, which is the dearth of female authors, especially from the Golden Age when Pushkin and his Pleiad were writing. Some have claimed that the brilliance of Karolina Pavlova makes up for […]Read more "“A Double Life” by Karolina Pavlova"