Monthly Archives: August 2011

Emile Zola, “La Curee/The Kill”

Oh. My. Goodness. This novel is so much fun. For a certain reader, that is. If you require subtlety in your fiction, La Curée (translated as The Kill) will not be your cup of tea. Emile Zola was heavy-handed. But golly, … Continue reading

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Walt Longmire on the Small Screen

Apparently A&E has agreed to produce a series based on Craig Johnson’s Western-themed mysteries. Of course you want to know who will star as Walt, the wise and somewhat battered narrator — answer is Robert Taylor, and I couldn’t find … Continue reading

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Jacqueline Winspear, “An Incomplete Revenge”

Oh, well. Sometimes we finish books against our own better judgment, and I’m going to chalk this one up to Hurricane Irene. I read the first of Jacqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs books some time ago and didn’t like it. First, … Continue reading

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Ellen Feldman, “Next to Love”

Well, what was it like? The generation that fought in World War II is dying out. As we confront the horrors brought back from Iraq and Afghanistan, we have to look back. Especially those of us whose fathers fought between 1942 … Continue reading

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Susan Hill, “The Vows of Silence”

I hate when I do this, but I bet you’ve done it, too. You’re on vacation, in an unfamiliar book store. You see a book by a favorite writer but gosh! can’t remember if you’ve read it or not. You … Continue reading

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Creepy! — “The Woman in Black” with Daniel Radcliffe

I suspected there was some movie action by the occasional burst of clicks on my post about Susan Hill’s The Woman in Black. I just clicked on the trailer  for the film with Mr. Radcliffe (tentative February release) and was too rattled … Continue reading

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Guy de Maupassant, “Bel-Ami”

Bel-Ami has been a favorite of mine for some time, and I picked it up again recently because I’d heard about the film version starring Robert Pattinson. Be still, my heart! I’m not sure Pattinson is a fabulous actor but … Continue reading

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Elly Griffiths, “The House at Sea’s End”

I’ve been wondering how Elly Griffiths would manage expanding the Ruth Galloway series. I really liked her two earlier books, The Crossing Places and The Janus Stone but as I’ve written over and over again here, maintaining the momentum in … Continue reading

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April Smith, “Judas Horse”

It’s very clear from April Smith’s White Shotgun that she’s a talented writer with a gift for plot, setting, and character. It was thus interesting – and a little disappointing – to learn from her preceding novel Judas Horse that … Continue reading

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Book into Movie: “The Help”

Just got back from a 12 noon showing of “The Help” in Southern California and it’s taking me some time to blink my way back to reality. Yes, it’s sentimental, but so was the book. In fact the movie, a … Continue reading

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