Reviews by sisstredaethe

Archibald Malmaison

by Julian Hawthorne

The plot of the story was a good one, but I can't say I liked the storytelling very much. Just as the book had become most interesting, it came to an abrupt end. I was in total disbelief as to the fact that it had ended, at what to me, was a climax in need of a resolution.

Reviewed on 2012.02.27

Slippy McGee

by Marie Conway Oemler

A "modern" redemption story about a New York safe cracker who finds love, himself, and a worthy profession in the small town of Appleboro, South Carolina.

As usual, Oemler's literary skills are absolutely superb. The writing and descriptions are ingenuous. However, there are times when the books seems a little drawn out; especially when it delves into descriptions of botany and lepidopterology.

Nevertheless, it's a good book; particularly for those who have an appreciation for this kind of literary genre.

A recommended read.

Reviewed on 2012.02.23

A Woman Named Smith

by Marie Conway Oemler

This was really a very captivating book! Once I got to reading it, I couldn't put it down. I look forward to reading more works from Oemler and daresay, she may oust Anne Rice as my personal literary favourite.

My only criticisms about the book (reason for 4 stars, rather than 5) are that when the author used spelling to mimic the accents of the Cockney English, Old Southerners or Negroes, I had a hard time following. I also did not like the recurrence of the word "nigger", but given the era that the book was written in, I suppose such a word was more normal than it was offensive. I would like to say though, that despite its use, I had no sense of racial prejudice in the book.

I would definitely recommend it.

Reviewed on 2012.01.28

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