Top 5 Romantic Novels (Revisited)

I had previously published a Top 5 Romantic Novel list in 2015. This is my list for 2017. The only constant is The Deception of the Emerald Ring; which I clearly like quite a bit.  1. Pride and Prejudice-Jane Austen I am not sure what all I can say about this novel other than that I think it [...]


Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Themes Explored: fantasy, escapism, luck, wits, endurance, slavery, foolishness and folly, patriotism, society and class, injustice, wisdom, knowledge, technology, modernization, the supernatural, magic, wizardry, romance, adultery, betrayal, satire Summary: A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire. (From Goodreads) Review: I love King Arthur stories, the adventure, [...]

Daphne du Maurier-Frenchman’s Creek

Themes Explored: romance, fantasy, lust, escape, rebellion, womanhood, piracy, love, hate, tolerance, husband-wife dynamics, children, fishing, loyalty Summary: Jaded by the numbing politeness of Restoration London, Lady Dona St. Columb revolts against high society. She rides into the countryside, guided only by her restlessness and her longing to escape. When chance leads her to meet [...]

Tom Clancy-Red Storm Rising

Themes Explored: politics, geopolitical warfare, geopolitics, oil dependency, economics, communism, modern warfare, espionage, suspense, adventure, mystery, terrorism, diplomacy, meteorology Synopsis: Using the latest advancements in military technology, the world's superpowers battle it out on land, sea, and air for the ultimate global control. (From Goodreads) Review: I apologize for the lack of recent activity. Between [...]

Movie Review: The Big Short

Director: Adam McKay Rating: R Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling Screenplay: Charles Randolph & Adam McKay Based on Novel By: Michael Lewis Music By: Nicholas Britell Cinematography: Barry Ackroyd Running Time: 130 Minutes Premiered: December 23, 2015 Synopsis: Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of [...]

Herman Melville-Moby Dick or The Whale

Themes Explored: the limits of knowledge, the deceptiveness of fate, the exploitative nature of whaling, whiteness (as in the idea that the color white represents evil or non-existence), depth, surfaces, revenge, death, whales, morality, whale anatomy, friendship, sailing, faith, perception, reality, mental illness, fate, economic expansion, modernism Synopsis: In part, Moby-Dick is the story of an eerily compelling [...]

Movie Review: The Revenant

Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu Rating: R Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson Screenplay: Alejandro González Iñárritu & Mark L. Smith Based on Novel By: Michael Punke Music By: Bryce Dessner, Carsten Nicolai, & Ryûichi Sakamoto Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki Running Time: 156 Minutes Premiered: December 25, 2015 (Limited Release); January 8, 2016 (Wide Release) Synopsis: [...]

Movie Review: The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Director: Michael Mann Rating: R Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means Screenplay: Michael Mann & Christopher Crowe Based on the Novel by: James Fenimore Cooper Music By: Randy Edelman & Trevor Jones Cinematography: Dante Spinotti Running Time: 112 Minutes Premiered: September 25, 1992 DVD Release Date: November 23, 1999 Synopsis: British and French troops [...]

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books

Not a definitive listing, just some of my favorite non-fiction books. Teasing Secrets from the Dead-Emily Craig Have you ever watched an episode of CSI or any other crime show and gone that cannot possibly happen! Guess what, it can and does. Emily Craig is a forensics expert and this book is about some of [...]

Lauren Willig-The Lure of the Moonflower

Themes Explored: ostracism, belonging, sense of self, historical fiction, romance, mystery, espionage, modern romance, British aristocracy, Napoleonic Wars, caste system, familial relations, marriage, independence, perception, self-reliance, perseverance Synopsis: Portugal, December 1807. Jack Reid, the British agent known as the Moonflower (formerly the French agent known as the Moonflower), has been stationed in Portugal and is awaiting [...]