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The Oyster War: Part 3 -- Scientific Misconduct

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.31.2015 | Science
Corey S. Goodman

It is indeed a long and complicated story, but Brennan continues to get it wrong. Scientific misconduct is the intentional misrepresentation of facts. Did the Park Service intentionally misrepresent its own facts? Brennan says no. You be the judge.

Koryta's Last Words Exists in a Cold, Dark Place

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.28.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Koryta uses the elements of the winter in Indiana to add chill to his story. Then he overlays that with any reader's feeling of claustrophobia by taking Novak deep down into the bowels of the earth. These isolated areas of tight space and total darkness play to all of our darkest fears.

The Oyster War: Part 2 -- Fiction As Fact

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Science
Corey S. Goodman

Several weeks ago, I posted a short review of the new book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan focusing on several important factual errors in her account. Since the book was published, book reviews and interviews with the author show the repetition of false narratives that are not driven by facts.

Book Review: Dear Stephanie by Mandi Castle

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 08.25.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

There is a trend in writing these days that casts female protagonists as unlikable and not relatable. Frankly, I am not a fan of this trend. And so it goes that with Dear Stephanie, I had very low expectations.

THE DEVIL WINS Is a Worthy Continuation of the Jesse Stone Series of Stories

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Coleman takes the story of the mystery behind the murders and runs with it. Having taken over the reins of an already hugely popular series, you would think this new author might be a little insecure. He isn't.

Book Review: Order of Seven By Beth Teliho

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Order of Seven by Beth Teliho is a dazzling and thrilling story of mystery and self discovery as told through the female protagonist, Devi Bennett, a teen with fascinating supernatural powers.

4 Books Gayle King Can't Stop Talking About | Pam Masin | Posted 08.19.2015 | OWN

O magazine's editor at large recommends an inspiring story on how curiosity can change your life. Plus, she shares the books that made her think and p...

The Bottom Line: 'Eileen' By Ottessa Moshfegh

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.18.2015 | Arts

A passionate new friendship might be a lifeline for the troubled young woman at the heart of Eileen. But not in the way she hoped.  If you&rsquo...

The Investigation: J. M. Lee and The Lost Korean Poet

Steven Petite | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Just as World War II ended in 1945, the Korean War began. It's lead up caused by the recent global war that divided Korea into North and South, and also from the rising tensions of what would become the largest mind game of a war in world history, the Cold War.

The Oyster War: A Parallel Universe

Corey S. Goodman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Corey S. Goodman

The book "The Oyster War" by Summer Brennan is subtitled "The True Story..." If only it were.

'Cold Frame' Proves Deutermann Still Has Awesome Skills

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 08.07.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

P T Deutermann became a distant memory. So imagine my surprise when I discovered his latest novel Cold Frame. And imagine my happiness when I read it and discovered this talented writer still has what it takes to entertain readers.

The Bottom Line: 'The Beautiful Bureaucrat' By Helen Phillips

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Arts

What is the deal with the office? The inexorable rise of the office workspace has occasioned an almost bizarre level of cultural fascination with the...

'A Peach of a Pair' Is an End of Summer Hit

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.31.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Summer is winding down. The kids are almost back in school. The trips to the beach are becoming fewer and fewer. Still there is time for one more good beach read and luckily for readers everywhere we have a "peach" of a book by Kim Boykin

Book Review: Uncommon Stock and the Literary Hat Trick

Jeremy Shure | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Jeremy Shure

Like many, I was glued to my television a few weeks ago when Carli Lloyd's hat trick lead the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team to their first World C...

The Bottom Line: 'Imperium: A Fiction Of The South Seas' By Christian Kracht

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.24.2015 | Arts

A book that comes emblazoned with so many glowing comparisons to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness is necessarily suspect to many modern readers...

'Jordan Point' Is Another Winner From Kathryn R Wall

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.19.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Kathryn R. Wall has now written thirteen Bay Tanner novels. Her latest is titled JORDAN POINT and is full of the Kathy Wall necessities. These include an intriguing mystery, a description of the lush locale of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and another visit with the characters we have grown to love over the course of these books

Ernest Cline's 'Armada' Soars to the Stars of Sci-Fi

Steven Petite | Posted 07.13.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Ernest Cline's highly anticipated follow-up to his 2011 bestseller, Ready Player One, is just hours away from being released to the public. For whatever reason, novelists who achieve widespread critical and commercial success with their first novel are always under a microscope when a new novel is released.

'The English Spy' Is Just As Good As Expected, If Not Better

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 07.05.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

It's summertime and the temperature is heating up, and so are the best seller lists thanks to the arrival of Daniel Silva's latest novel THE ENGLISH SPY. Each year the warm weather heralds the arrival of another action packed thriller from Silva featuring his acclaimed Israeli operative Gabriel Allon.

In 'The Idea of Love' Lies Lead to Love

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.26.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Novelist Patti Callahan Henry knows how to brew up a good story. She picks a great setting, such as a small coastal town in South Carolina. She adds in a bright and inventive heroine. She matches her with a worthy, but flawed hero.

The Last Boys: A Book Of Photographs By Barry Marré

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 06.25.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Ernest Sweet

All Photographs Copyright Barry Marré The Last Boys by Barry Marré is a pleasant departure from many of the "gay" art books out there. Although th...

'All the Single Ladies' Is an Easy, Comfortable Read

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.19.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Frank's stories are slices of life. The women, and the men they meet, are characters the reader can relate to in the most positive way. There is no high drama here, but there is a lot of emotion involved in some of the situations they encounter.

Water From My Heart Is a Story of Love, Passion and Redemption

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 06.10.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

Charlie Finn is not a man of strong moral character. He has spent most of his adult life working for powerful men who use him to do the dirty work with which they do not want to be involved. Martin, who is known for his morally strong characters, takes the chance of alienating some of his core base of readers. They, however, would be very foolish to desert him with this story.

Book Review: Out From the Underworld by Heather Siegel

Sarah Cottrell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Books
Sarah Cottrell

Released in April 2015, Out from the Underworld by Heather Siegel is a captivating memoir that traces the heartbreaking story of how the author and her two siblings survived abandonment, neglect, and abuse.

Cookbook Review: Farm, Fork, Food

Brian O'Rourke | Posted 05.13.2015 | Taste
Brian O'Rourke

Sometimes food can be more than spectacular. It can be inspired. Consider this array of dishes.

The Sound of Glass Is Another Winner By the Queen of Southern Fiction

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 05.11.2015 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Sound of Glass is written for every person who had a loving mother; every child who had a time of doubt; and every heart adrift in a sea of emotions. It is a story that enters the eyes, goes to the brain and settles in the heart.