Book Review: Lock In, John Scalzi

Book Review: Lock In, John Scalzi Science Fiction: Lock In, John Scalzi In Scalzi’s Near Future universe, Haden’s Syndrome, named after former first lady Margaret Haden, who was one of its first victims, has claimed millions of lives worldwide. Over 400 million have succumbed to the disease, which usually presents with meningitis symptoms. Most die. A lucky […]

Book Review: This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works, Edited by John Brockman

Book Review: This Explains Everything: Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works, Edited by John Brockman Nonfiction Essay Collection: This Explains Everything, John Brockman, Editor John Brockman is the founder of the Reality Club, a gathering of thinkers and intellectuals that met in restaurants and other locations from 1981-1996. In 1997, the Reality Club […]

Book Review: Type and Cross, J.L. Delozier

Book Review: Type and Cross, Persephone Smith series, J.L. Delozier   Thriller: Type and Cross, J.L. Delozier Persephone “Seph” Smith is a profiler. Her acute empathy allows her to get into the minds of criminals, understanding the way they see the world and sometimes anticipating their next moves. When a killer executes a plot to release […]

Recipe & Review: Teatime with Mitford Books, Jan Karon

Recipe & Review: Teatime with Mitford Books, Jan Karon    Book Series Review: Mitford Books, Jan Karon Mitford, NC is an idyllic town in the Blue Ridge Mountains that bursts with all the drama of big city lights in the package of small town interpersonal relationships. In Mitford, cake competitions are as fierce as Superbowl Sunday […]

Recipe & Review: Teatime with China Bayles, Susan Wittig Albert

Recipe & Review: Teatime with China Bayles, Susan Wittig Albert    Book Series Review: China Bayles Herbal Mysteries China Bayles is the main character of the 28 and counting China Bayles Herbal Mysteries, a cozy mystery series by Susan Wittig Albert. After an intense career as a lawyer, China Bayles moves to the small college […]

Book Series Review: Arcadia Project Series, Mishell Baker

Book Series Review: Arcadia Project Series, Mishell Baker        Fantasy: Arcadia Project Series, Mishell Baker   Mishell Baker has created a magical world with an extraordinary protagonist. In this world, the world of the magical Fae and the non-magical world we inhabit are inextricably linked. That is the premise of the Arcadia Project books, a series […]

Recipe & Review: Teatime with The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, Susan Wittig Albert

Review & Recipe: Teatime with The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter Series, Susan Wittig Albert          Book Series Review: The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter, Susan Wittig Albert The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter series by Susan Wittig Albert is filled with many delightful ingredients — cozy mystery, historical Lake District setting, fantasy elements. […]

Book Series Review: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor

Book Series Review: Binti; Binti: Home; Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor      Science Fiction Series: Binti; Binti: Home; Binti: The Night Masquerade, Nnedi Okorafor Binti is one of the most extraordinary students on earth, so special that she has been accepted to Oomza University, the best university in the galaxy. Adding to her uniqueness is her tribe, the Himba, […]

Book Review: The Fallen, David Baldacci

Book Review: The Fallen, David Baldacci   Fiction: The Fallen, David Baldacci   Amos Decker remembers everything. He cannot forget. After a traumatic brain injury on the football field, his mind changed and he developed a literally photographic memory. This is a terrific help when it comes to solving crimes for the FBI, but far from helpful when […]