Anastasia Devlin is a virtual assistant, an invisible researcher and finder-of-all-things, known to her clients as a handle and a PO Box. She’s also the daughter of a gorgeous, dysfunctional woman of many marriages & affairs who has spent a lifetime globetrotting and possibly spying for her country. At twenty-six Ana bolted, and has been hidden from her family for four years.
Then one morning she opens her door to find her nine year old sister Elizabeth Georgiana, I.E. EG for Evil Genius. And the plot just gets more tangled and crazy from there.
Jennifer Stevenson’s Fools Paradise gives us Daisy and Bobbyjay, the youngest sprigs from modern Capulet and Montague trees, in “a blue-collar romantic comedy of feuds, follies, and getting your fingernails dirty.”
Here is parody done right, and as a bonus, we get steampunk and a touch of Sherlock Holmes! Chris Dolley has taken the classic tales of P.G. Wodehouse and created a delightful homage to them, WHAT HO, AUTOMATON!
A Discerning Dance! Sherwood Smith has delivered a delightful “sweet Regency” novel for fans of the genre. I’d have to say that for both historical accuracy and adapting the “silver fork” genre for modern readers, Smith did a wonderful job. … Continue reading
Unless you write in secret and never show anyone your stories, sooner or later someone will give you feedback. It could be a relative or classmate, or the editor of the school literary magazine. Or friend with whom you’ve swapped … Continue reading
What makes science fiction a genre? Is it the bells and whistles, the FTL space ships, the futuristic technology? Is it the ability to travel in time or across vast regions of space? Does it involve interactions with alien species, … Continue reading
Recently I flew across the country to attend my younger daughter’s graduation from medical school, so I loaded up my ereader with a few digital ARCs. Here’s what I thought of them. (The usual disclaimer: I received a review copy … Continue reading
Have you noticed how alike many book reviews are? Aside from recapitulations of the plot, the same words might apply to almost any book. Therefore, as a service to discerning readers (and a hoot and a holler, besides), Book View … Continue reading
Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult (Random House, October 2016) From the very first page, I knew that I was in the hands of a master storyteller, one who would effortlessly guide me into the lives of her characters, with … Continue reading
My cousin Lee has loaned me a wonderful book called Fastest Things on Wings by Terry Masear. It’s a memoir of Masear’s early days as a hummingbird rehab specialist–how she fell into it, stuck with it through the nadir days … Continue reading