Review: No Wall Too High by Xu Hongci (Translated and Edited by Erling Hoh)

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The life of a writer can be comically unpredictable. Erling Hoh, the translator credited on the cover of No Wall Too High: One Man’s Daring Escape From Mao’s Darkest Prison by Xu Hongci, writes in an introductory section entitled How This Book Came To Be about searching … Continue reading Review: No Wall Too High by Xu Hongci (Translated and Edited by Erling Hoh)

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Review: Stillwaters by Yvonne Anderson

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ The Four Lives of J.S. Freeman is a three-part science fiction serial written by Yvonne Anderson and Stillwaters is the first offering, promising readers a diverting journey into a mirror-Earth with its own histories, religions, and wonders. Studying the map of the fictitious world Umban, I see four … Continue reading Review: Stillwaters by Yvonne Anderson

Review: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Dubbed “Bravo Squad”, the remaining soldiers of Bravo Company take a limo ride. Not exactly rock stars, they’re famous, but not so famous as to keep an SUV full of all-American beauties invested in them. There might get a movie made about them though. With them in … Continue reading Review: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

Review: Burying Leo by Helga Gruendler-Schierloh

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Whether it’s singing, dancing, painting, or something else, an artistic talent is such a terrible thing to waste. Michigan writer Helga Gruendler-Schierloh’s Burying Leo is a novel written for those who have sacrificed their talents for the people they chose to marry, who have lost their identities after … Continue reading Review: Burying Leo by Helga Gruendler-Schierloh

Review: The Black Book by James Patterson and David Ellis

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Thriller master James Patterson joins forces once again with the author of the Jason Kolarich legal thriller series David Ellis in The Black Book. Two different timelines. Before and after a comedian of a cop got shot. One item that everyone wants. The so-called “Black Book” of … Continue reading Review: The Black Book by James Patterson and David Ellis

Review: The Trans-Appalachian Wars, 1790 – 1818 by John Eric Vining

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆  A little over a month ago I had the idyllic opportunity of reviewing a very intriguing historical fiction novel by author John Eric Vining called Cable of Fate: The Zimmermann Affair and the Great Southwestern War of 1917. Now, I got to review yet another work by … Continue reading Review: The Trans-Appalachian Wars, 1790 – 1818 by John Eric Vining

Review: How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ How to Murder Your Life is a memoir written by Cat Marnell, a woman who was a beauty editor at one of America’s major women’s magazines while also being addicted to prescription drugs. I was laughing right from the start because of how Marnell made me view her 2009 … Continue reading Review: How to Murder Your Life by Cat Marnell

Review: Cable of Fate by John Eric Vining

FF’s Star Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ John Eric Vining is an author who is responsible for such historical fiction works as The Trans-Appalachian Wars, 1790-1818: Pathways to America’s First Empire and Tales of the Midwest: Growing Up and Growing Old in Rural Small-Town, U.S.A. His latest offering is Cable of Fate: The Zimmermann … Continue reading Review: Cable of Fate by John Eric Vining