Manhattan Beach review: A sweeping look at war time New York

During the Great Depression, young Anna Kerrigan regularly accompanies her father on his work as a union courier. But one morning he walks out the door and disappears, leaving Anna and her mother to take care of Anna’s disabled sister.

Years later, to help provide for her family during WWII, Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard measuring machine parts and later as a female diver. While at a nightclub one evening she crosses paths with someone from her father’s past and she sets out to find out what happened to him many years before. Continue reading Manhattan Beach review: A sweeping look at war time New York

‘Paradox Bound’ is a road-trip through time

Paradox Bound reviewWhen a book’s description mentions time travel I’m usually hooked. And because I thoroughly enjoyed Peter Clines’ 14 and The Fold, I enthusiastically jumped into his latest, Paradox Bound (Crown Publishing, digital galley).

This science fiction adventure follows Eli  Teague, a young IT tech who has spent most of his life preparing for the chance that he might again run into a time traveling woman he first encountered as a boy. When she does reappear, he is ready and determined to learn more about her, setting off on a road trip across the country and through history.

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DeMille introduces a new character in ‘The Cuban Affair’

The Cuban Affair reviewKey West charter boat captain Daniel “Mac” MacCormick is made an offer he has every intention of refusing: Sail his boat to Cuba under the guise of a fishing tournament and recover cash and documents hidden during the revolution. But the lure of a $2 million payday is more than he can resist, and he takes the bait.

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‘The Heart’s Invisible Furies’ is an ambitious story of one man’s life

Review of The Heart's Invisible FuriesCyril Avery is adopted at birth and raised by eccentric and well-to-do parents who make it clear that he is not a real Avery. Nonetheless he perseveres, practically raising himself in their sprawling Dublin mansion. The ambitious novel The Heart’s Invisible Furies (Hogarth Press, digital galley) follows Avery’s entire life from the 1940s to the present day.

While away at school Avery comes to the realization that he is gay.  But given the mores of the day, he keeps that fact to himself. The novel begins and ends in Ireland and a large part of the plot deals with the fact that Ireland is unsympathetic, if not overtly cruel, to gay men. One doctor tells him there are not any gay men in Ireland.

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A hike to the Walls of Jericho

On Sept. 2, 2017, I hiked the Walls of Jericho from the Alabama trial head in Jackson County, Alabama, with my brother in law and my dog. The hike is a strenuous 6 miles round trip and leads to the headwaters of the Paint Rock River. At the end of the hike is a large natural stone amphitheater which usually has at least a small flow of water running through it, feeding a series of waterfalls.

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‘When the English Fall’ shows how to handle the apocalypse with dignity

After a powerful solar storm destroys electrical devices and causes civilization to crumble, an Amish farming community in Pennsylvania helps by supplying food to a neighboring town. But as things deteriorate, the outside world encroaches on their isolated society.

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Daily Miscellany: Is ‘buying local’ even possible?

  1. Is “buying local” even possible? “Imagine my surprise when I encountered a sign promoting a “local” food product in the bakery aisle of our town’s Safeway.”
  2. X-Ray views of the New York City subway system.
  3. Lies our tech overlords told us: A list of the bold promises on which we’re still waiting for Silicon Valley to deliver.
  4. What one reporter learned by working as a butler at the Plaza Hotel.

Steampunkalypse: A review of ‘The Clockwork Dynasty’

While doing field research and trying to unlock a mystery from her childhood, anthropologist June Stefanov makes a startling discovery: For millennia automatons have lived among us, hiding their presence while trying to understand the nature of their own existence. But their time is drawing to an end and Stefanov may be a key, if unlikely, ally in their survival.

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A list of Amazon RSS feeds

It’s hard to find a list of Amazon RSS feeds, but they do exist for best sellers, new releases, movers & shakers, most wished for and gift ideas. You can navigate to the sections linked above and choose one of the subcategories. At the bottom of each subcategory page there is a link to an RSS feed. There are hundreds of subcategories for which you can find feeds.

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