Wednesday, April 6, 2011

BigAl's Books and Pals

there, on his site, and I will also post the review here, just so that you don't miss anything!

I'd highly recommend the site for ideas on new books by independent authors; I find Al's reviews fair, even-handed, and I have to say that his honesty, good grammar, and spelling skills mean a lot to me, too.

Stay posted, and more will come your way.

Monday, April 4, 2011

The Poisoner's Handbook, by Deborah Blum

The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah Blum is an immensely readable writer of scientific fact.  Even though my eyes crossed in my college chemistry classes, and my textbooks put me to sleep, I found it difficult to put down Blum's detailed history of the birth of toxicology in Jazz Age New York City.

Easy to read, easy to understand, and chilling to contemplate, the history presented here reads like a well-written novel, and is essential reading for any novelist contemplating using any of the poisons covered in these pages.  Novelists writing about Jazz Age New York would do well to read this book, too, just for the rich detail and meticulous research that went into the preparation of this text.

For a general reader, I would also highly recommend this book, unless you are extremely squeamish. The narrative is compelling, character-driven, and full of good people fighting the good fight to put criminals behind bars, with increasing success.

I read this in hardcover, but I would highly recommend purchasing an e-book if you have a reader for it, as there are no graphics other than a handful of chemical compositions, spelled out rather than rendered as images.

Grammar and sentence structure were consistently well-done throughout, making the reading experience very smooth and pleasant.

Thank you, Ms. Blum, for an excellent and informative read!

***** Five Stars

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Once again, into the fray...

I have tried keeping a blog before, but life kept getting in the way.  But now that I'm working on increasing my word output on a daily basis, maybe I'll be able to pull this off with more success than before!

I will be posting on a variety of topics, to include my travels in reading, and crafting, and in writing, and in daily life in general.

I'm a picky reader, so if you like the genre of the book I review, and you like well-told, well-written books, you may very well like the ones I will be showcasing here. I will see about adding links to Amazon, to make it easy for any of my readers to purchase the  book pretty quickly.

I'm an experienced, but not expert knitter, a beginning crocheter and sewer, a noob spinner and weaver, and an extremely experienced reader.

Read on at your own peril.  But I hope you enjoy the journey!

Shade and sweet water,