Chess Story (or The Royal Game) a translation of the German Schachnovelle is a novella published in 1941 by Stefan Zweig. Zweig (1881 – 1942) was born in in Vienna and received his doctorate from the University of Vienna in 1904. In 1934, he left Germany (presumably to avoid the political situation) for London. From… Read More Chess Story
After reading a couple “young adult” novels and a couple of mysteries, I hopped back into vintage science fiction with Philip K. Dick’s The Man Who Japed. It was first published in 1956. It is the ninth PKD novel that I have read. Straightaway, let me share that I give this novel three stars. This… Read More The Man Who Japed
Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson was first published in 2013. It is the first (of three) novel in Sanderson’s The Reckoners series for so-called young adult readers. Having recently read another famous “young adult” novel, I decided to zip through a second while I was at it and this Sanderson book has been on the list… Read More Steelheart
I recently read this novel – but have been sluggish about writing the review for it. My household *had to* read it because of the forthcoming MOVIE. And, frankly, it has gotten plenty of good reviews on the Internet. Well, I think the main reason for my tardy review is simply that I was quite… Read More Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Extremist reading: reading a light, Victorian cozy mystery and then an American 1960s Thomas Disch novel. Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch (1940 – 2008) was published as a novel in 1968. It has been on my to-be-read list for awhile. I was reluctant to read it because I knew it contained some of Disch’s… Read More Camp Concentration
Needing a light, quick, easy read to balance some of my other activities – Kwando training, Iron Palm training, Jurgen Habermas efforts…. I grabbed this first book in Emily Brightwell’s (Cheryl Lanham) long Mrs. Jeffries series. Currently, there are thirty-four novels in the series. The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries was released in 1993. This is… Read More The Inspector and Mrs. Jeffries
This year I have mainly read vintage science fiction novels. While that remains my preferred genre, I do like to read just about everything else as well. However, I admit, the other genres usually do not entertain me or engage me as successfully as the science fiction. So, giving space and aliens and the future… Read More Why Shoot a Butler?