Tag : Recommended Reading

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It’s national reading month and what better way to celebrate it than talking about e-readers. I am a bibliophile. Don’t get me wrong I love the feel of an actual novel in my hands. When I am at home I do read physical books. Kindle or Kobo e-reader which one do you like? However, saying …
The winter of our discontent. The scene is Sweden’s interior wilderness: forests, lakes, marshes, and mountains. A smattering of families, referred to as settlers, living in wooden cabins occupy this territory alongside the native Sami, referred to as Lapps in this novel called Wolf Winter, 2015, by Cecilia Ekback. ¬†Already this is being given rave …
The Information Officer The Information Officer is a thriller. There’s a book of historical-fiction I recommend entitled The Information Officer published in 2009, by Mark Mills. Set during WWII on the island of Malta, a British protectorate just south of Sicily, in the Mediterranean Sea. Leading up to the North African campaign between Rommel and Montgomery …
The book, Legacy of Ashes: The History of the CIAis Tim Weiner’s new classic standard on the history of the CIA, published in hardcover in 2007 and is 702 pages long. Weiner diligently covers every aspect and main character in this complete history, including recently released documentary information. The book will most probably make you both …
The city of Buffalo is rarely the backdrop for any book, fiction and non-fiction alike, yet in John Smolens’ The Anarchist: A Novel published in 2009, it indeed becomes center-stage in this historical-fiction depiction of what could be described as America’s first 9/11 period.  The turn of the 20th century is described as an era in …
An exceptional read within the historical-fiction genre is Conn Iggulden’s Wars of the Roses Trinity . Iggulden is best known for his series on Genghis Khan, but this is also an exceptional book. The book is actually part of a series, but as I discovered, can certainly be read without further reference- one of the …
Station Eleven: A novel  by Emily St. John Mandel, is an award-nominated, Chapters Indigo Picks, Amazon well reviewed, pre- and post-apocalyptic book of science fiction. The story interweaves the lives of various characters, (Arthur Leander, Jeeven Chaudhary and Kristen Raymonde feature among these characters) darting between changing time periods, connecting them in an artful way …
The Word-Loss Diet The Word-Loss Diet by Rayne Hall is a good book to read if you are a more advanced writer.   One of the problems many new and self-published authors have is working with words.  This is not a long book, with only 71 pages, but the information is valuable. One of the …
Contrary to popular opinion Canadian history is not dull. Case in point: Champlain’s Dream, by David Hackett Fischer. This award-winning, non-fiction book is an exhaustively researched, yet highly readable account of Canada’s earliest years, as recounted through the valorous and indefatigable exploits of its father, Samuel de Champlain. ¬†It has the charm of a writer …
If you are a devotee of the historical-fiction genre then you would find no better example than Jeff Shaara’s Two Novels of the Revolutionary War. For those among you unacquainted with this author, he specializes in American war history. This particular two-novel series begins in the antebellum period of the early 1770’s as the colonial …
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