Category Archives: Fantasy/Adventure

Haruki Murakami—1Q84, Two Moons Over Tokyo

1Q84 is a love story set in Tokyo in 1984. The “Q” in the title is a pun on the Japanese letter for “9”, which sounds like the English “Q”. “1984”, of course, is a reference to the George Orwell … Continue reading

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Happy New Year—Has The Harry Potter Series Really Ended?

The year 2011 is coming to a close. The Palo Alto Borders store, where I purchased all my Harry Potter books, is closed and out-of-business, but Harry Potter marches on. Part 2 of the Deathly Hallows movie is selling now to … Continue reading

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Allende’s Tale of El Dorado, A Lost City In The Venezuelan Rain Forest

Deep in the Venezuelan rain forest: imagine yourself standing at the base of Angel Falls. You are wrapped in fog and can only imagine the top where the water cascades over the lip of the high mesa thousands of feet … Continue reading

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Orpheus and Eurydice in the Rain Forest of Brazil

Imagine! The opera Orpheus and Eurydice by Gluck is playing at the restored Teatro Amazonas opera house deep in the heart of the Brazilian rainforest. Three foreigners enter the theater lobby: Marina (an American doctor looking stylish in a long … Continue reading

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Harry, The Boy Who Lived!

The final installment of the Harry Potter movie series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, is due to hit the theaters on July 15. Let’s take a look back to 1998 when the “Harry” phenomenon started. As we … Continue reading

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Murder Most Grim on the English Moors

The sky is grey, oppressive and it is threatening rain, unusual for this part of California. This is perfect weather and atmosphere for writing about a British murder mystery set in the Northern England countryside. I can visualize the fog … Continue reading

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Bricklayer Mets Out Justice

In the opening chapter of the crime-terror novel Bricklayer, Steve Vail, a former FBI agent turned brick mason, is making a routine transaction at his branch bank. Suddenly, two armed men enter the bank intent on robbery. But the robbery … Continue reading

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A Gunslinger of Impeccable Personal Smoothness

The Dark Tower series of novels by Stephen King is available on Kindle. I downloaded the first volume, The Gunslinger,  to give the series a try. The Dark Tower series of novels was introduced in 1982 with The Gunslinger and … Continue reading

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Historians Foil Dracula Plot

If your father told you Dracula stories when you were young it might set your life on an unusual path. Elizabeth Kostova’s introductory novel, The Historians, is based on Dracula stories heard in her youth and on her meticulous research … Continue reading

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Crime and Deceit in Canada

A few days ago, January 2011, I was browsing through a list of Daishel Hammett Award winners and was surprised to find Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Her novel The Blind Assassin won the award for best North American crime novel … Continue reading

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