Book Reviews: Fiction

  • Book Review: Beatlebone (2015)

    Book Review: Beatlebone (2015)

    by Alan F. Zundel A novel about John Lennon? By an author with the Irish way with words? Who can resist! Not I. Nor was I disappointed. Kevin Barry, an author in Ireland, delivers a love letter to John wrapped […]

     
  • Book Review: The Martian (2011)

    Book Review: The Martian (2011)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Martian: A Novel” is a top-notch piece of popular fiction, much like the movie is a top-notch piece of popular entertainment. If you liked the movie you’ll like the book, and vice versa. Unsurprisingly, they […]

     
  • Book Review: The Sleep Room (2013)

    Book Review: The Sleep Room (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The Sleep Room” is a deliciously old-fashioned spooky tale—part ghost story, part mystery, and part horror. I like to read before bedtime and this one had me reluctant to turn out the lights. It has a […]

     
  • Book Review: The End of the Novel (1991)

    Book Review: The End of the Novel (1991)

    by Alan F. Zundel “The End of the Novel” is a brief and amusing book that’s not for all tastes. When I saw it the title piqued my curiosity, as I have been struggling to get a novel written. Turns […]

     
  • Book Review: Dark Places (2009)

    Book Review: Dark Places (2009)

    by Alan F. Zundel I don’t like to admit it, but I can get fascinated by the sordid side of life. Clearly I am not alone, since Gillian Flynn has so many readers. “Dark Places” has a lot of sordid […]

     
  • Book Review: Gone Girl (2012)

    Book Review: Gone Girl (2012)

    by Alan F. Zundel Great literature it ain’t, but Gillian Flynn sure has a way with words. “Gone Girl” was a New York Times best-seller, but you may be more familiar with the 2014 movie starring Ben Affleck. It’s about […]

     
  • Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

    Book Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane (2013)

    by Alan F. Zundel The subtitle of “The Ocean at the End of the Lane” is “A Novel,” but it is better described as a fairy tale. It does not have the depth of character insight that a good novel […]

     
  • Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

    Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye (1951)

    by Alan F. Zundel I was a rebellious teenager in my own asinine way. Even though I loved to read, and read a lot of novels, I refused to read anything assigned in my English class. I guess I didn’t […]

     
  • Book Review: Perfect (2014)

    Book Review: Perfect (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel Author Rachel Joyce was brave to title her second novel “Perfect,” as a reviewer could point out various ways the novel is not perfect. Could, that is, if not for the fact that it is perfect. […]

     
  • Book Review: A Tightly Raveled Mind (2014)

    Book Review: A Tightly Raveled Mind (2014)

    by Alan F. Zundel “A Tightly Raveled Mind” by Diane Lawson is a tightly plotted mystery about the mystery of our own behaviors. It is a fun light read and an impressive debut novel by Lawson, a psychoanalyst living in […]