Category: Book Reviews

Book Review “The Book of HIDDEN THINGS”, Francesco Dimitri

Once upon a time, Ray went to the book store because he wanted to read a fantasy book and… bought “The Book of HIDDEN THINGS”. “God works in mysterious ways.” William Cowper Pitch: 4 friends (Art, Fabio, Tony, and Mauro) have a pact – to meet up on the same day every year in the small hometown, Casalfranco, in southern Italy. What can go wrong? They are fully grown dudes with small kids, boring jobs, and...

Book Review “The Silent Dead”, Graham Smith

Pitch: Detective Beth Young has just joined the Cumbrian major crimes team when a body is found posed in a ritualistic manner – arms spread and graceful wings attached – at a crumbling castle in the hills of the Lake District. The entire police force is on red alert. But Beth begins to feel she’s the only one who can follow the disturbing clues left by the twisted killer. The killer is looking for another victim...

Book Review “Artemis”, Andy Weir

“Building a civilization is an ugly thing.” Andy Weir I never read (or watched) “The Martian”, but because I’m trying to write a sci-fi story, I decided to spend some of my free time studying the genre. “Artemis” caught my eye because it: Is short, Has a minimalistic design, Utilizes a nice font Has lots of dialogues What can I say about the book (in general)? Seems like the author figured it all out (pronounced with the...

Book Review “The Bohemian Incident”, Thomas Arnfelt

“…they had shaved heads. Drilled into their foreheads was a small green stone, big as a lead ball. In one cell a man hung stretched against the wall, fastened with iron around his wrists and feet and with a hood over his face.” It is 1613 and yes, I know what you are thinking – ah, same old, same old… tortures, witches, monks, horses, beer. You are very close to the truth, my friend… but this...

“How to grow a novel”, Sol Stein #takeaways 

Be the first to see what you see as you see it. Robert Bresson (french filmmaker) Readers value and remember extraordinary CHARACTERS. Plot might be forgotten with a time, but never a hero. The goal is to involve the reader’s emotion, in this case a feeling of warmth for the central character.  What the reader is experiencing in each scene of your novel? If you can’t answer the question – look for a garbage bin. Structure...

Book Review “Heir of Ashes”, Jina S. Bazzar

“Every single person is sacred. Sacred means special, precious, a treasure of true beauty. That means you.”  Amy Leigh Mercree Being “special” isn’t fun. I know, every movie, book, or song continue to praise our “uniqueness” or exceptional abilities, powers, “kick-side-weirdness”. But when you are “different” or extraordinary, you have much more troubles than those who are not. Because those who are not…can continue their regular, normal life while you have to run, fight and at...

Book Review ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’, Ray Celestin

Why and how: I was already on the way from the store when the expeditor said: “Maybe you’d like to buy Axeman? It is really cool book.”  I picked it, read ‘New Orleans 1919…’ Hmmmm, not my favourite subject for the crime books. But ah, serial killers, lurking in the darkness, feels like an interesting catch.  I bought it. I do not regret it.  Attention: The book is translated (swedish) by Hanna Williamsson. Plus: I couldn’t...