Review – Ready Player One

I can see why Ernest Cline got all the attention for READY PLAYER ONE. The story is a remarkably original take on the idea of a story set in virtual reality. For those who haven’t read it, here’s the basics: Boy is trapped in a dystopian reality in which...

Review — The Ritual

THE RITUAL by Adam Nevill is an astonishingly well-written contemporary horror novel. It is my new favorite horror novel. The story is so solidly grounded in the reality of four friends lost in a Boreal forest, that by the time weird things start happening, you are...

Review – Mistress of the Art of Death

Ariana Franklin is the master of historical suspense, and I love what she did in MISTRESS OF THE ART OF DEATH. My favorite part of the book is her mock-Chaucerian beginning, where she quickly sketches the different characters who are approaching Cambridge after their...

America’s Most Literate Cities

February 21, 2014 by Thomas C. Frohlich Via 27-7 Wall Street Blog For the fourth straight year, Washington, D.C. is the most literate city in the United States, according to a recent study on literacy. The study, by Central Connecticut State University (CCSU),...

Middle Ages Book Review – Morality Play

Morality Play, by Barry Unsworth, is a tight taut tale of a troupe of actors in 14th century England who enter a new village and find out about the murder of a local boy. In a twist unusual to their station in the culture and their tenuous place in life, they actually...