A Review of Queen of the Damned (From the Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice) Queen of the Damned possesses none of the originality of Interview With the Vampire. In Interview, death scenes were handled with taste and delicacy. In Queen…
A Review of the film, A Beautiful Mind (Based on the book by Sylvia Nash)
A Beautiful Mind is the biopic of the brilliant mathematician John Nash, and his equally amazing love Alicia. It chronicles his strive to find his “one original idea”, how that fight brings him to madness, and how the strength of his…
A review of the film “In the Bedroom,” (based on the novel by Andre Dubus)
In the Bedroom, based on the novel from Andre Dubus, is a study of a family in Maine, who suffers a horrendous tragedy and the aftermath of it. To say much more would give away too much of the plot. Suffice to say, it’s chock full of everything you’ve come to expect from Miramax, sublime acting, above average writing, and an excellent director at the helm.
A Review of Rosemary Stanton’s Great Food for Men
If you are a serious cook, you will find this recipe book too basic, and will probably know most of the recipes. If, however, you haven’t fully mastered the art of cooking, and are looking for accessible recipes which can…
A review of Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Despite the handicap noted above, I had the delightful experience of having the book “catch” for me on the plane. I don’t know about other readers, but with me this is almost never a gradual process. One minute I am dutifully reading along, wondering if the book at hand is really worth the effort; then all of a sudden I realize that I am immersed in the novel and would not even think of stopping.
A review of 365 Ways to Do Less, Have More, and Feel Good by Pamela Allardice
There are a myriad of self-help books on the market. There are books to help you lose weight, books to help you think more positively; to feel stronger; have better relationships; dress better; use make up better, and anything else you can think of. 365 Ways to Do less, Have More, and Feel Good by Pamela Allardice covers everything, in easily digestible bites – one for each day of the year. Each day corresponds to the calender, making this a good book for New Years resolutions – just resolve to do one good thing for yourself each day of the year.
A Review of How You Can Be Your Own Publisher by Judy Meininger
The basic thesis is anyone can self-publish, and that there is significant money to be saved, and you can greatly increase your profit margin, by taking on the tasks of printing, promoting, and distributing your book yourself.
Taming Your Kitchen: A Review of Donna Hay’s Off the Shelf: Cooking From the Pantry
You know that feeling. It is 5:30pm, everyone is expecting dinner, and you have nothing to cook, no food in the house, and no ideas. Enter Donna Hay, with her bestselling book Off the Shelf. The book contains a range of meals attractive enough for guests, based entirely on simple and readily available cupboard ingredients. If you follow Hay’s advice, and shopping list, you will be prepared for most food situations, including drop in visitors, special occasions, and fast family meals.
Interview with Simone Lazaroo
Simone Lazaroo talks about the making of The Australian Fiance, her unique narrative style, the big themes, Australian literature, photography, poetry, and her next work.
Zero decibels Quiet: Simone Lazaroo’s The Australian Fiance
The Australian Fiance is a deeply moving novel. Not so much because of its story, which has moments of intensity, but is primarily, a simple story of love and loss. Rather, it is the exquisite language, the poetic transcendence affected by Lazaroo’s narrative which draws the reader into the character of the Eurasian woman, submerged with her, until we are also nameless, nationless, simultaneously guilty and innocent, soft and hard, lost and found.