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Compelling and Tense Fiction!

The Painter of Battles By Arturo Perez-Reverte This latest novel from a popular Spanish author focuses on a world-weary war photographer who is now living in a tower off the coast of Spain. His solitary life is abruptly broken when a battle scarred soldier visits him. Together, they wrestle over issues of war, love, art, and revenge. A wonderfully written and contemporary read!

The role of chess in world culture

"The immortal game" was a casual game of chess played in London in 1851 between two chess tournament participants away from the competition, that become an historic match.

Eifelheim: A deep blend of Historical and Science Fiction

Eifelheim by Michael Flynn Tom is a cliologist, a mathematical historian (Flynn's own term, analogous to Asimov's "psychohistory"), struggling to understand why the German town of Eifelheim, abandoned during the Black Plague, was never resettled. Sharon, Tom's girlfriend and a physicist, drives him out of the apartment to the library so she can complete her own contemplations, which will prove paramount in resolving Tom's questions.

Chess and intrigue in pre-WWI Russia


Zugzwang: In chess, the state when a player is forced to make moves, but each move one makes only worsens one's predicament.

In St. Petersburg, in 1914, pscyhoanalyst Dr. Otto Spethmann finds himself a suspect in the murder. A widower, Dr. Spethmann is consumed with anxiety for his daughter, whose involvement with a victim makes her a target, as well.

A Haunting Civil War Novel!

REDEMPTION FALLS
BY JOSEPH O'CONNOR
From the author of Star of the Sea comes a new novel that is both brutal and poetic. It is set post Civil War and centers around the western town of Redemption Falls to where a traumatized set of characters journey for various reasons.

Spook Country

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Spook Country by William Gibson

 

Hollis Henry, the former lead singer of a rock group "The Curfew" is trying to reinvent herself as a journalist for a secretive technology-focused magazine called Node. She has been sent to find Bobby Chombo, an elusive global-positioning-system expert.

 

An Irish Delight!

Taylor CoverAn Irish Country Doctor
By Patrick Taylor
A novel in the tradition of James Herriot, this charming book follows a young doctor's first months as a physician's assistant in rural Ireland. The story is filled with delightful scenes of country village life and the wit of the Irish. Highly recommended!

This Year You Write Your Novel

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This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Write every day for at least 90 minutes. Don't edit yourself. Avoid distractions. Study poetry. Oh, and write every day. No matter what. These and other practical, straightforward tips about writing a novel in one year are included in this slim, yet informative, book (less than 25,000 words, according to the author) from the author of more than two dozen fiction and non-fiction books, including an historical mystery series starring detective Easy Rawlins.

The Love of a Dog

Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen
Like a person, a dog that has held a special place in the lives of others will be remembered long after its natural life has ended. Good Dog. Stay. by Anna Quindlen is about one such dog. Beau, a black Labrador retriever that spent virtually all of his 15 years in the author's household, is lovingly and eloquently memorialized in this short book filled with black-and-white studio photographs of all kinds of irresistibly adorable dogs.

A First Rate Espionage Novel!

An Accidental American by Alex Carr Nicole Blake's life has never been simple from growing up during Lebanon's Civil War, having a con man for a father, and spending six years in a French prison. She retreats to a quiet life living in a farmhouse and working as a consultant until a CIA operative asks for her help in finding her ex-lover and now supposed terrorist. Nicole's past is painfully fleshed out against the backdrop of Lebanon's political history, the Gulf War, and 9/11. An intriguing, exciting, and eloquent read!