True Life Adventures (Paul Mcdonald Mystery #1), by J. Paul Drew

Disappointing read and a 30-year-old book Sometimes when you pick up a book as a giveaway or for 99 cents you get something other than you expected.  This is one of those times.  Right off the bat, be advised that although it is being advertised as if it were a recently-released book, it was written … More True Life Adventures (Paul Mcdonald Mystery #1), by J. Paul Drew

Every Reasonable Doubt, by Pamela Samuels Young

Disappointing read for lawyers Author Pamela Samuels Young’s biography says that she was a lawyer for a large law firm and then an in-house employment lawyer for a major corporation.  As an author, she’s a very good story-teller who unfortunately gets most of the legal issues wrong. This is disappointing for me as a lawyer … More Every Reasonable Doubt, by Pamela Samuels Young

Manumission (The Metaform series Book 1) by E.R. Harding — Imperfect but interesting Sci-Fi Origin Story

            This Sci-Fi story has many layers and many characters.  It is truly an origin story and might be best thought of as the prequel to the rest of the series.  The world in which it is set, who the villains really are, and what’s really happening are all revealed slowly as the many tendrils … More Manumission (The Metaform series Book 1) by E.R. Harding — Imperfect but interesting Sci-Fi Origin Story

Slingshot: Building the Largest Machine in Human History (The Starchild Trilogy, Book 1), by Robert G. Williscroft

Disappointing Sci-Fi Despite good premise and some good writing Imagine a Sci-Fi novel centered around the construction of the first starship, complete with detailed schematics and detailed descriptions of the construction techniques, along with the inner-workings of the propulsion systems, weapons, sanitation, food-preparation, etc.  Now, add a conspiracy to scuttle the project from a shadowy … More Slingshot: Building the Largest Machine in Human History (The Starchild Trilogy, Book 1), by Robert G. Williscroft

There, There: By Tommy Orange

Headline:  Confused, disjointed, and pointless (but at times beautiful)                 Tommy Orange’s novel, There There (derived from a quote by Gertrude Stein that there “is no there there” in Oakland) features many characters.  One is Dene Oxendene, an aspiring Native American filmmaker working on a project in which he asks urban Natives in Oakland to … More There, There: By Tommy Orange