I started reading this book because my daughter was in one of his classes, and I wanted to know exactly who would be shaping her emerging talent. But I finished it because I loved it and I couldn’t quit. This is not the kind of story I would typically enjoy. It’s a book about life. Friendship, falling in love and falling out of it, betrayal, family, work. It’s about relationships, about the way they grow and the many ways they can unravel. In short, it’s about all the things
I first read Death’s Head when it came out in installments, with breaks of several months between the four releases, and I enjoyed it so much that I decided to read it again as a unit. If anything, it was better the second time around. I’ve read several of Mr. Broomall’s novels, and they’re all good, but this one takes the cake.
Robert Broomall writes with an almost magical economy of phrasing. The words he chooses, the sentences he constructs, have a certain rhythm that is
First off, what a cool cover! Simple, elegant, evocative, and very representative of the book. Finn. Wow. What an incredible feat Jon Clinch pulled off, especially for a first-time novelist. I loved this book. It’s not often I run across prose as lovely and powerful as this. Mark Twain’s works are sacred to me, yet in spite of the few surprises Clinch dealt, I took no offense at his playing in Twain’s venerable sandbox; in fact I found it quite enjoyable to ride along as he a
I'm about to publish two book reviews, a good one and a bad one. I'll start with the bad news. I wrote this one a month or so ago, and have spent the time since then dithering about whether to publish it. I was conflicted about it, because I don't like to write negative reviews. I enjoy writing glowing reviews about books that I love, and I like to support fellow authors, especially self-published ones, who need it the most. But generally speaking, I won’t torch another autho