I had my eReader do text-to-speech on this book as I drove in my car. Even with a droning monotone male voice, the energy of the author still comes through. A great short memoir on the early days of stage magic.
Charles’s book reviews
Great near-future thriller about the takeover by mega-companies and globalization. My only warning is there is a very graphic rape scene described by one of the characters. Also, other depictions of gory violence and language. If you can get past this, the story is a rip-roaring page turner.
Of the many Lovecraft stories I have read, this is the one that actually gave me nightmares. There is a certain fevered dream aspect to it. The familiar is just creepy.
Have you ever read a genre story only to discover it was another genre? This is a brief character study of the great crusades disguised as science fiction. I was a little disappointed by the twist but the historical writing was good.
One of the drier of Lovecraft's works. Delves deeply into the history of a 'Shunned House.' Bad things occur, of course.
Cocktails, doomsday and capes. Yet, he writes a subtle commentary about how technology controls our lives. You might not look at your smartphone the same way again. Slow at the start, but a smashing ending.
If you read Neal Stephenson Reamde and thought it did not address the subject of "gold farming" enough, this book will complete your education. Multiple characters make this read like a movie like Crash or Babble. Everyone meets in the end.
Although this a science fiction book, the context is closer to World War II. The author mentions his inspiration was his Grandmother surviving two years during the siege of Stalingrad. Its teen protagonist suffers and survives in the most desperate of circumstances. A quick page turner, read it in one night. The language and situations pull no punches, so I would recommend for older teens.