Category Archives: epic plains

Seven Houses Review

Seven Houses By: Alev Lytle Croutier Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Recommended for: Historic Fiction- Family Love Seven Houses chronicles the lives of four generations of remarkable women, sweeping readers from the last days of the Ottoman monarchy to Turkey’s transformation into a republic and the present-day backlash. After reading and rather enjoying Elif Shafak’s… Read More »

Book Smarts

E-books still have a hard fight ahead of them before they overtake print books, but it’s a fight they might eventually win. With Internet retailer Amazon selling more e-books than print this year, there’s a clear sign that the demand for e-books is on the rise. But for college textbooks, the fight to switch to… Read More »

The Borders Question

Contributed by: Joseph Baker Borders filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in February, and they recently announced that they are closing down their remaining 399 store locations. With the death of Borders book stores, many book lovers are wondering about the future of the medium. When Borders closes their stores, what will move in to fill that… Read More »

Atlas Shrugged Review

Atlas Shrugged By: Ayn Rand Paige’s Rating: (1) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Masochists Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world–and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read.… Read More »

The Bastard of Istanbul Review

The Bastard of Istanbul By: Elif Shafak Paige’s Rating: (4) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Fiction/ Culture Readers When The Bastard of Istanbul was published in Turkey, Elif Shafak was accused by nationalist lawyers of insulting Turkish identity. The charges were later dropped, and now readers in America can discover for themselves this bold and… Read More »

The Road Review

The Road By: Cormac McCarthy Paige’s Rating: (1) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Fiction Readers A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is… Read More »

Night Review

Night By: Elie Wiesel Paige’s Rating: (5) of 5 Stars Recommended for: Non-Fiction/Memoir Readers Elie Wiesel was a teenage when he and his family were taken from their home in 1944 to the Auschwitz concentration camp, and then to Buchenwald. Night is a terrifying record of Elie Wiesel’s memories of the death of his family,… Read More »

NaNoWriMo 2010 – Win

Ahhh December.  The keyboard smoke from NaNoWriMo is starting to settle, and a second NaNo win under my belt.  A vast sense of accomplishment fills me. Not everyone likes NaNoWriMo for various reasons.  Many I follow actually “failed” this year, and the NaNo definition of fail being that they didn’t reach the 50k.  Over on… Read More »