Category: New to Me Author

Dream of the Dead by M.G. Scarsbrook

I’ve been reading a lot of mysteries lately, and this was one I very much enjoyed.  I generally prefer historical mysteries to modern-day, but this one had an interesting setting (the Theater District in London) and interesting characters (a former stage actor turned detective).  It caught my attention quickly and kept it. I find it…

Kindred by Octavia Butler

There are books that stay with you, and this is one of them.  I always hear raves about Octavia Butler, yet her books aren’t exactly mainstream titles.  I knew I wanted to read something by her, but wasn’t sure where to start (thanks to favorite blogger Alley for her review). Kindred has a deceptively simple…

Catching the Barramundi by Rebecca Burns

I don’t read short stories very often, but this book caught my attention with its unusual title – I ate a lot of Barramundi in Australia.  And reading the title story in this collection definitely made me want to read more. These stories are loosely connected by a theme of loss – sometimes loneliness, sometimes…

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

This was such a fun book, I wanted to read it in one sitting.  It brings together a lot of things I like – clever romantic comedy, Australia, and Asperger’s.  If that sounds like a weird combination, it is, but that’s me. The Rosie Project is about Don Tillman, a genetics professor at a university…

The Collection of Heng Souk by S.R. Wilsher

When Wilsher invited me to review his book, I was immediately intrigued by its concept and setting.  Sun Tieng is a young woman in modern-day Vietnam who confronts her uncle, who was a commander in a Vietnam War prison camp known as “The Citadel.”  At the same time, Thomas Allen in Britain learns he was…