Murder at the Columbarium – Emily Gallo

Summary: This is an interesting whodunnit story, which also has a number of other threads running through it. Main Characters: Jed Gibbons: Sixty-something African-American, curator of a Columbarium (a building where funeral urns are stored). Monica: His wife, positively diagnosed with HIV. Minor Characters: Dutch: Sixty-something grower of legal weed. Juniper: Dutch’s live-in companion, and … Continue reading Murder at the Columbarium – Emily Gallo

The Moth: Occasional Magic

Summary: I had never heard of The Moth, or what it does. It is primarily an American thing, with the occasional show in London and the like. The premise is essentially people getting up and telling their stories. These people run the full gamut, from famous artists, writers and other celebrities, to other less well-known … Continue reading The Moth: Occasional Magic

Author Interview – Richard Easter

Author Interview – Richard Easter My Eleventh Author Interview is with the irrepressible Richard Easter, who in his book Cover Stories has taken eight classic songs, and given them an excellent backstory. He talks here about The General Theory of Haunting, part of a spooky trilogy. He spends the bulk of his time, when writing, … Continue reading Author Interview – Richard Easter

Nightflyers – George R. R. Martin

Summary: This is one of George Martin’s early forays into Science fiction (1979/80), and this is now a Netflix series. It is about an inter-stellar hunt for knowledge, and tracking down an ancient race. Main Characters: Roy Eris: The captain of the ship, who remains hidden from view for most of the novel, but has … Continue reading Nightflyers – George R. R. Martin

New York 1609 – Harald Johnson

Summary: This novel tells the story of the birth of New York, from its early days in 1609 and the arrival of Henry Hudson on the river that now bears his name, to the emergence and consolidation of the Dutch in the late 1640’s. It is told, in the third person, primarily from the point … Continue reading New York 1609 – Harald Johnson

Book of Dreams – Nina George

Summary: This book deals with relationships, how life paths can change dramatically (for better or worse) through failure to recognise “sliding door” moments, and making sure you make the most of the one sure life you have. Main Characters: Sam Valentiner: The son, thirteen years old, who is super-smart, and a synaesthete – he can … Continue reading Book of Dreams – Nina George

Merlin’s Secret – Malcolm John Baker

Summary: Set in modern day and King Arthur’s time, the novel is based around Robert Hunt, an average lad who travels back in time, and becomes Merlin. Main Characters: Robert Hunt: Dead-end job, no family to speak of, Robert is a directionless drifter, though good-hearted. Viviane: The Lady of the Lake in the Arthurian legend, … Continue reading Merlin’s Secret – Malcolm John Baker

The Human Stain – Philip Roth

Summary: This is the third book in Roth’s trilogy, exploring American life. Main Characters: Nathan Zuckerberg: The narrator, he is an author who has lived in the Berkshire hills for the past five years. Colman Silk: The retired dean of classics from Athena, the main subject of the novel Faunia Farley: Silk’s 34 year old … Continue reading The Human Stain – Philip Roth