Melanie Marttila reviews The Mermaid’s Tale, by D.G. Valdron

The Mermaid’s Tale is a fable of personhood wrapped in a murder mystery framed by a fantasy setting, peopled by familiar races that are presented in subtly original ways. Valdron’s protagonist has no name. Most Arukh (orcs) don’t. The few that have been so graced have earned their names by distinguishing themselves from their mad and murderous brethren. Each race has its own name for the Arukh, but all of them translate to either abomination,…

Dutch Schultz, by Nate Hendley, receives high praise from former Ithaca Journal reporter

I thoroughly enjoyed your book, “Dutch Schultz: the Brazen Beer Baron of New York.” You deftly blended the story of Arthur Flegenheimer with the history — and zeitgeist — of the prohibition era. Here are two of your stand-out sentences: “The urge to drink proved stronger than the will to obey the law. Almost overnight, an enormous black market in spirits sprang up, serviced by young, enterprising criminals.” “Against this backdrop of social engineering, Arthur…

Stephen Hume at Vancouver Sun reviews King Kwong, by Paula Johanson

There’s an excellent review by Stephen Hume of Paula Johanson’s fascinating biography of hockey legend Larry Kwong in the August 4 edition of the Vancouver Sun.  King Kwong, book by Paula Johanson.  Photograph by: Handout Mention the China Clipper and football fans think of Calgary-born Normie Kwong, the hall-of-famer who won three consecutive Grey Cups with the Edmonton Eskimos. But for all his deserved accolades in football, in business and as Alberta’s lieutenant-governor — fellow footballers…

Shadow Song, by Lorina Stephens, called haunting and beautiful

This reader review recently appeared at Read and Blog. Thursday, June 4, 2015 Shadow Song by Lorina Stephens Published by Five Rivers Haunting and beautiful, I couldn’t put this book down. Partly historical, partly supernatural yet grounded, and always in tune with nature. This is a child’s journey to adulthood through very different lifestyles. Beginning in pre-Victorian England, only child to moderately wealthy parents, Danielle sees her world crumble as her uncle, the older son…

Eye of Strife ‘a page-turner’ says Goodreads reviewer

Tony King’s Reviews > The Eye of Strife Read My rating: 1 of 5 stars2 of 5 stars3 of 5 stars4 of 5 stars[ 5 of 5 stars ] The Eye of Strife by Dave Duncan  Tony King‘s review May 16, 15 4 of 5 stars Read in May, 2015 The Eye of Strife is not a long book, but it is brimming with everything Dave Duncan fans love and have come to expect. The religious and political…