Archive for September, 2007

A Letter From War

We had just finished driving 12 to 13 hours from our little home town of Marion through vast city scapes in Canada to an even more vast wilderness. Restless and weary …but also anticipating something we had never seen before. That is…. my brother and I ….had never seen before. Maine…. beautiful. It was a [...]

Teresa Edgerton

The Hidden Stars – Immerse yourself in a whirlwind of struggle, both internal and external. A mad queen seeks to control the world, and a handful of brave companions set out to find the one girl who might be able to stop her. An enjoyable read that is fast paced and involving. You will enjoy [...]

Sarah Ash

There’s a lot to like about Sarah Ash’s The Tears of Artamon series. They are fresh in that they draw from Eastern European and Asian culture in a fantasy setting full of vibrant characters and dialogue that jumps off the page. I finished them much too quickly, a sure sign that I have been swept [...]

John Irving

Many people know Irving from his wildly successful The World According to Garp, or book turned movie Cider House Rules. Those are only two of Irving’s masterpieces.What makes John a good storyteller? I believe it is his characters, developed in Dickensian tradition and style. Below are two of his best books. A Prayer for Owen [...]

Mark Robson

Mark is a gifted writer with the ability to clearly create character and story, and then mix them in such a way as to provide fun, adventurous fantasy. Aimed at the growing legion of young adults that love fantasy, his first series nonetheless pleases the young and old at heart with equal measure. I suggest [...]

Mitch Albom

I enjoy reading Mitch’s books. They make me feel good about the life I have lived, and at the same time they challenge me to live with more enthusiasm and passion. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further. SC Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven [...]

Arthur Golden

Memoirs of a Geisha. Ancient Japan. Its tradition. Its spirit. Its lifestyle. Its people. Have you ever wondered what they were like? This eloquent book acts like a bridge to Japan’s storied past, told through the eyes of a little fishing village girl raised to be one of the most memorable geishas in Japan’s recent [...]

Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird. This is a book for writers, but it also a book for those lovers of life. I was lost in it, loving her humorous and honest way of revealing what she has learned in her life and about writing. No writer should miss it. SC From Publishers Weekly Lamott’s ( Operating Instructions [...]

Stephen R. Lawhead

Taliesin. Journey into a past steeped in lore, legends, and heroes. I believe this is the best in a long line of Arthurian sagas. This book begins the series and is rich in history, imagery, and sympathetic characters. You will be surprised at how Lawhead crafts the beginning of the Arthurian legend. From Library Journal [...]

The Passing of Robert Jordan

Yesterday, the world of Fantasy was shaken as Robert Jordan passed away at the age of fifty-eight. I am greatly saddened by this loss. Not only has one of my favorite authors passed on, but one of my greatest teachers. In the field of Fantasy, everyone knew Robert Jordan. While some did not like his [...]