Book Reviews

“Fetish” Book Review

The book Fetish by Orlando Ricardo Menes takes readers on a journey through the languid memories of the author’s life and what they mean to him. It starts with the beautiful, exotic depictions of scenery, and then leads to the more tragic abruptness of reality; this collection of poetry bares all. Even if the reader is not of Cuban descent,… Read more →

“Emperor of Thorns” Book Review

When Evil Grows, the Pious Pray, and the Wise Run     If you’re looking for an epic journey of an unscrupulous man in a world of magic and battle, you have just stumbled upon an analysis and great praise for just such a thing. Emperor of Thorns, the last fantasy novel in Mark Lawrence’s trilogy, is a fantastic and incredibly… Read more →

“The Biology of Luck”Book Review

    Diligence is the mother of good luck ~ Benjamin Franklin “The Biology of Luck” by Jacob M, Appel covers amongst other things what it means to happy, how do we find or make happiness, and why it is important. Published by Elephant Rock Books, the copy I received was paperback, just over 200 pages and included an interview… Read more →

“If You Like Difficulty” Book Review

    If You Like Difficulty is one of the most inspiring, intriguing, and perplexing collections of poetry I have read.  Jan Clausen is the author of two previous titles of poetry, as well as two novels and a memoir, Apples and Oranges: My Journey Through Sexual Identity (Houghton Mifflin). Her use and mastery of language in these poems is striking: The diction… Read more →

“Birth Marks” Book Review

    Jim Daniels’ book of poems “Birth Marks” follows the growth of a narrator who is taken through the hardships, ailments, and rewards of growing up in the city. This book appears to be a sort of coming-of-age poems about the narrator’s personal life growing up in an urban setting. The poem is divided by four topics: “Mega-Everything”, “Foundation”,… Read more →