Book reviews

Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest

Red Harvest book cover

It’s harvest time again, so what better time to look back at Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. Hammett is credited with taking the private investigator story out of the popular pulp magazines and transforming the genre into something of literary value.

The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

The Last Werewolf book jacket

“For one second of clarity, I felt it all. The speed and bulk of him, the scourging claws, the meat stink of his breath, the ice of the bite and a single glimpse of the beautiful eyes - then he sprang away into the darkness and I lay winded, one arm in the rushing stream, my shirt gathering the weight of my own blood."

Horror Cornucopia: Great Halloween Reads

HeartSick by Chelsea Cain

There’s something about October that draws readers to the scary books. Which are the scary books? That’s up to the reader because horror is anything that takes the reader out of his or her comfort zone.

Zombies! Or, There’s No Such Thing as a Live Cat in Tom Sawyer

Cat illustration from Tom Sawyer by Thomas Hart Benton

Oh Tom and Huck, the scourges of childhood befall you with astonishing regularity. Whether it’s Injun Joe, dark caves, or an endless parade of preachers, teachers, and other interfering adults, the children of St. Petersburg can handle it all. But there’s something even more sinister lurking in these pages.

Big Read Recap: Tom Sawyer, Chs. XXXIII-XXXV, Conclusion

Tom Sawyer cover

If readers were doubting that Tom Sawyer was the quintessential boy’s book, the final three chapters will dispel any doubt. Twain folds in every fantasy any boy has ever entertained in the conclusion to his first solo effort to write a novel.