books about: fictional
Vintage Romance Publishing, 2005
Lots and Lots of Laughs
Venita Louise has written a comedy using all the elements of farce without the pratfalls. Jingle writer, and head of the household, Frank Beal has distractions flying around his piano workplace like boomerangs. Son Matt has a slew of knock knock jokes; daughter Melinda is the moppet version of Inspector Cleseau with a hardhat while wife Joan angles for a new car in order to keep up with the ...
Junia: The Fictional Life and Death of an Early Christian
Fr. Mike Giesler builds a bridge over time
How can anyone, living comfortably in the 21st Century, possibly relate to the early Christian martyrs, those champions of the faith who were fed to the lions or beheaded for their beliefs? Fr. Michael E. Giesler has built a bridge across time in his book, Junia. With a clear understanding of ancient Roman history and a deft hand for spinning a good yarn, Junia is the touching story of an ...
The Stars Are Ours! (Book 1 & 2)
The World Publishing Co.
Early Norton I wish she'd written later
I can't guess how many Andre Norton books I've read during the past half-century. Most were good reads, while a good many ho-hums along the way made following her work unpredictable, at best. The Stars are Ours and Star Born were among the first science fiction books I ever read. Just as a number of other, later reviewers began their SF voyage with these two, so did I. I've read them a number ...
Charley's Choice: The Life and Times of Charley Parkhurst
14 reviews, 2008
Real Book, Real Person
Charley's Choice is not the typical type or genre of book that I pick up and read -- but I'm really glad that I did choose it. Ms. Hill hooked me on the first page, which is actually the end of Charley's story. There was a mystery there, and I needed, not just wanted, but NEEDED, to follow the clues through the rest of the book. The first chapter, after "The End," took me to the beginning of ...
The Dream Catcher Tour
A leisurely delight brimming with female camaraderie
The Dream Catcher Tour is a novel following a group of forty-seven women on an economical, no-frills tour bus excursion around the Great Lakes. As they take in the sights and sounds, they also trade favorite memories with one another. A leisurely delight brimming with female camaraderie, The Dream Catcher Tour glides gently along as it presents moments of interrelated insight, and makes for ...
For the Love of Dogs
Vintage Romance Publishing, 2009
What a good excuse!!!
Hey Suzanne, Just wanted to thank you for keeping me up late at nignt the last four nights in a row. How you say. I just finished reading For The Love of Dogs. I have to say, it was really good, enjoyed every bit of it. I'm amazed at how you can come up with all those characters and plots. Just how do you do that? You also have a gift of incorporating God in your books that is not a turn ...
Vintage Romance Publishing, 2008
Treasure of a Story
Originally posted at: [...] Addiction can drive a man to do some pretty awful things, but to sell his baby? In the dead of night, when the demon takes control and you have nowhere to turn, you might possibly be driven to do even that. Just ask Jack Kelly. He'll tell you... Jack Kelly starts this novel off with a bang and a horrendous confession. And while his physical presence in this novel ...
The Old Buzzard Had It Coming
Poisoned Pen Press
I put off reading this book because for some reason I did not think I was going to enjoy it. Boy was I wrong!! Great book, well written, excellent characters. I enjoyed it immensely.
The Pilgrim's Progress
Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
The audio book is very good
I have made it a habit this year to get through many of the classics on audio book during my daily commute. I picked Pilgrim's Progress since it was one of the most influential English books ever published, and I wanted to see what it was all about. The audio book was published by Blackstone Audio and the reader was Robert Whitfield. The reader did an excellent job and was very easy to ...
Vintage Romance Publishing, 2008
Horray for historical fiction
Reviewed by Valerie A. Howard for Reader Views (11/08) "Copper Fire" is narrated by lead character and heroine, Louisa Gordon. It is the sequel to Suzanne Woods Fisher's "Copper Star." The beauty of this novel is that series readers are not bored while new readers are brought up to speed. Louisa, a German-born Jew and former Resistance worker, now resides in Copper Springs, Arizona with ...
Away With the Fairies
Poisoned Pen Press
strong historical who-done-it
When Marcella Lavender dies, a guilty Detective Inspector Jack Robinson asks private detective Phyrne Fisher to determine whether she died of natural causes or was murdered. Marcella came to him a few weeks ago, showing him threatening letters she received and he told her not to worry because poison pen letter writers usually don't do anything violent. Now he is second guessing himself and ...
The Assignation: Stories (Perennial Fictional Library)
Joyce Carol Oates
This book is my all-time favorite Oates book. I've read it years ago and find myself re-reading it from time to time. In this collection of short stories, Oates finds a way to drive home the utter despair of the human condition. "A Touch of the Flu" twisted my insides and gave me that sick feeling I get when I think about death. My favorite story is "In Traction"-- the hopelessness of the ...
James Bond: the Authorized Biography of 007;: A fictional biography
William Morrow & Co
So good, almost real.
I picked this book up for a dime at a library sale, thinking it would be fun to read on my six hour plane flight. As with most of us who grew up with the 007 movies, we forgot that they started out as excellent novels by Ian Fleming. The way the author interweaves fact and ficton, James & Ian, one suspends reality and can actually believe this is a true to life biography - it is that good. Having ...
It's me, Eddie: A fictional memoir
The style is splendid, the execution dashing. This is Tropic Of Cancer written with more talent and professionalism. The book is tight, witty, full of hilarious observations. Unfortunately, it may not go down well with many American readers for a number of reasons (and this is very, very sad): The author uses a very European approach, part-Russian, part-French, in his narration. He is not ...
Glory Enough for All: The Battle of the Crater- A Novel of the Civil War
St. Martin's Press
The "Killer Angels" type novel of the Crater at Petersburg.
From a top-notch historian comes top-notch historical fiction bringing light and life to the story of the Crater at Petersburg like "Killer Angels" did for Gettysburg. The story is told from the viewpoint of the Union Army's 48th Pennsylvania Volunteers, raised in the coal-mining country of Pennsylvania, and commanded by a former mining engineer. Individual players are brought to life, from ...
Flying Too High: A Phryne Fisher Mystery
Poisoned Pen Press
the second in the finest mystery series ever
i have been reading mysteries for decades. i have favorite authors whose books i reread with pleasure. but my absolute favorite for the last ten years is kerry greenwood and her phryne fisher series. the novels are incredibly well-written and well researched, have wonderfully twisty plots, great dialogue, clothes, food and drink. phryne fisher is a complex and fascinating character with, ...
The Fictional 100
A strongly recommended read and fine addition to any literary studies collection
Legend has almost as much power as history. "The Fictional 100: Ranking the Most Influential Characters in World Literature and Legend" discusses one hundred of the most important fictional people throughout history and how they have reflected and impacted the societies that created them. From biblical figures like Adam and Eve, to cultural legends like Genji, to the comic book icon of Superman, ...
I'jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody
City Lights Publishers
Antoon's novel is an incredibly well wrought study of imprisonment, empathy and the experience and power of writing; its construction is very clever indeed, and one puts it down (reluctantly) feeling shaken and bewildered, impelled to act and desirous of leading a life more immediate and brave.
The Evolution of An Identity: Indian American Immigrants from the Early 20th Century to the Present: A ...
Tribute Books, 2007
"A fictional Family history..."
Diya Das immigrated to the United States with her parents when she was only a year old. On a trip to India to visit her family, she became interested in learning about her relatives. She discovered she had distant family in Chicago. Her curiosity led to a class project, which led to her book, The Evolution of An Identity. The story begins in San Francisco, California the early 1900's. The ...
Creating Characters: A Writer's Reference to the Personality Traits That Bring Fictional People to Life
McFarland & Company
A must-have for all fiction story writers
Well-organized, examines many angles of a character. This book will help you dig into your characters to make them stand out, to make them more interesting and believeable. This book is more useful to a story writer than many story writing books. What's more important, the character, or the story?
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