Book Reviews Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "I Thought I Wouldn't Tell It" By Deloris Dallas
This book interested me from the very beginning and I must say, it was not an "easy" read. It tells the story of a young girl's growing up on the Island of Jamaica and the ordeals she encountered in just trying to survive. This book will make one take a hard look at the things we take for granted and we might not like what we finally see. We, as human beings, need to be cognizant of the fact that just because all is right in our world, it just might not be so, in others.
Aug 31, 2014 - 12:17:37 AM
Book Reviews Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Grand Ma Ma and Her Grand Grand Kids"
They are colorful, beautifully illustrated and she also took the time to write in such a way that most of the sentences rhymed, and children of all ages especially love that. I loved the fact that she incorporated multicultural ethnicities in the drawings so that anyone in any place around our vast planet can relate to the story line.
Aug 29, 2014 - 12:22:00 AM
Book Reviews Milt Gross Book Review: "Hound-Dog Man" by the late Fred Gibson
This was a juvenile story in 1949, but I doubt if many kids could understand the language or follow the tales these days. That could be the result of modern education and publication, where things get kind of watered down for juvenile consumption. I'd kind of like to experience today's juvenile, say a junior or senior high school student, reading Gibson's tale of a black dog that was laced with good outdoor adventure from start to finish.
Aug 24, 2014 - 12:05:06 AM
Book Reviews R.P. BenDedek book Review: "The Rise of the Black Knight" by HW Cumming
Although I didn't get around to it while in Australia, late this afternoon (Sunday August 10th) I decided to bite the bullet and start reading it. Surprise surprise! I couldn't put it down. It was a great story. It is definitely not an 'action' story about knights doing battle, but rather a 'detective mystery' which commences with a 'natural tragedy' that leaves three young princes curious to understand the events that played out before their eyes. Oh - it does also involve talking dragons. (I love dragon stories).
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:17:32 AM
Book Reviews Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Solider Boy" by Allan Green
This is absolutely the best story/writing that I have encountered in a very long time. It is a story that draws one in and never lets one go until the very last page and then the reader doesn't want it to end! Mr. Green, the author, should be commended for the way he held the reader's attention throughout and his ending brought me to tears if the truth be known. I, for one would love to read anything else he may write. Job well-done.
Aug 13, 2014 - 12:15:17 AM
Book Reviews R.P.BenDedek Book Review: "A Covenant People" by James P. Eckman
This book by James P. Eckman is a very informative and many faceted presentation of the history of Israel. If it were to be given a different title, then 'History of Israel 101' would be a very appropriate one. Because of my over-familiarity with the subject matter, halfway through I was tempted to write my review. I'm glad I didn't! Chapters 12 through 15 were for me somewhat of a revelation, and I eagerly sat at the master's feet and soaked in as much as I could. It provides the reader with what I consider to be an evenhanded academic approach to the realities on the ground.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:23:17 AM
Book Reviews Milt Gross Movie Review: "Still Mine"
Based on a true story, this saga of growing old, filmed in New Brunswick, 'Still Mine' tells the tale of an elderly farmer, Craig Morrison, whose wife, Irene, is losing her memory. After Irene falls down the stairs, Morrison decides to build a new smaller house for the two of them...A touching drama of an all-too-real dilemma and a happy ending.
Aug 10, 2014 - 12:05:32 AM
Book Reviews Martha Stevens-David Review: "An Idiotic Savant" by Russell Stewart
If the reader can overlook these simple grammatical errors, they will find Mr. Stewart's stories to be very interesting. And I must say, Mr. Stewart related to me that he has been approached by several producers in "Hollywood" to come and discuss the possibility of a movie being made from his story. I wish him the best of luck in this latest endeavor.
Aug 6, 2014 - 12:22:49 AM
Book Reviews Milt Gross Book Review: "A brief history of Witchcraft" by Lois Martin
Witchcraft has its roots much farther back in history than I had imagined, although I had guessed the purpose of its accidental beginnings was to explain the unknown. I was wrong. It was possibly to explain a social condition that still occurs, according to the author. After reading this well-written book, A BRIEF HISTORY OF Witchcraft, I wondered if witchcraft in its simplest form was -- perhaps is -- a way for those who feel oppressed to rid themselves of poor treatment by the rich.
Aug 3, 2014 - 6:10:19 AM
Book Reviews Estelle Parke Book Review: 'In the Spirit of Elijah' by Trevor Payne
He has managed to write the book in such a way as to present the characters, especially John the Baptist, the Lord Jesus Christ and assorted disciples, as real, human, genuine people. In this regard, I feel that the author is to be commended for a job well done. He has included a variety of small, personal accounts and incidents which help to humanize the Biblical characters and 'bring them to life' for the reader. I was disappointed to discover that there are numerous grammatical and other errors of writing throughout the work...
Jul 31, 2014 - 2:17:06 AM
Book Reviews Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "One for the Heart" book by G. Raye Jones
I once had a professor who said you could always tell when a reader was engaged in a good book: after reading for some time, the reader would pause and look up with a sign of personal reflection upon the face. That is how this book affected me. It isn't just a matter of reading words but rather reading the musings of a heart that has so much to share with the reader. I highly recommend this thoughtfully crafted collection of poetry to enjoy during those contemplative moments when one wishes to step back from the busyness of life and reflect upon that which is lasting and meaningful.
Jul 30, 2014 - 7:40:13 AM
Book Reviews Laure McCourt Lopez Review: "Bella and Harry; Let's Visit Maui!" by Lisa Manzione
Having been bitten by the travel bug many years ago, I was intrigued with this fanciful excursion of the beautiful island of Maui, one of Hawaii's eight main islands. Who could ask for more charming tour guides than Bella and Harry, brother and sister Chihuahuas, as they invite young readers to join them on a trip that explores different customs, cultural diversity and historic landmarks. I especially appreciate how the author uses child-friendly descriptions that are clear and involve the five senses. Kudos to author Lisa Manzione and to Kristine Lucco for her illustrations.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:13:00 AM
Book Reviews Milt Gross Book Review: "Arcadia" by Lauren Groff
Arcadia is a three-part novel about those who attended a fictitious version of Woodstock called Arcadia in New York State. It shows the characters while at Arcadia, then in middle life, and finally in old age. If you've ever thought seriously about being a hippie, try this 2012 Hyperion, New York, NY publication, a fictitious look at the very real experience.
Jul 27, 2014 - 4:00:20 AM
Book Reviews Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Tormented Prison" by Sky Gram
This is a very difficult story to read because it is about a small child who is a victim from the very day of her birth. As a mother myself, I found some of "Sky's" story too graphic to even read but as the old saying goes, "fore warned is fore armed." Would I recommend this story to others? YES!
Jul 23, 2014 - 2:15:33 AM
Book Reviews M. Stevens-David Review: "One Chance, One Moment: Book One - The Mandy Story" by Judith Kohnen
I found myself hurrying to get my household work completed so that I could resume the story again and that sadly, from all the books I review, doesn't happen very often. As the author noted in her "press release" this book was first written in 1986 and revisions were made several times over the ensuing years but I can now state, the "wait" and the reworking were well-worth it. Would I recommend this book to others? ABSOLUTELY! Wondeful work, wonderful presentation and am waiting for the next!
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:22:23 AM
Book Reviews Martha Stevens-David Book Review: "Scotch Rising" by S.J. Garland
This very interesting story set in the 1700's, begins with a young man, Esmond Clyde-Dalton, who comes from a very wealthy English family and tells of his trials and tribulations as he makes his life in his own way. Edmond has to make a decision that will ultimately change the rest of his life. I found this story to be very interesting and well done.
Jul 22, 2014 - 12:07:31 AM
Book Reviews R.P. BenDedek Review: "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" by Geoff Logan
Travelling far and wide and caught up in everything from Arthurian legends, the Crusades and the murder of a Pope, William McBride's journey is really one of deep spiritual self-discovery during a period of great turmoil in Europe's history. Topics covered for which background material was required included: the political differences between Scotland, England, France, Spain and the Vatican; the Crusades; the history of the Templar knights; the history of the Celts, Druids, Christians and Muslims and of course the religious history, legends, superstitions and eschatology of those religions. I heartily recommend "The Legacy of Two Gemini Knights" to anyone interested in historical tales or ancient Celtic legends and the like.
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:17:09 AM
Book Reviews Milt Gross Book Review: "Thomas Paine and the Promise of America" by Harvey J. Kaye
The book states that, "Though elites denied Paine a place in 'official' commemorations of the Revolution, Americans never actually forgot his memory...." Much of the book reviews those who quoted Paine and praised him as the one whose words helped bring about the U.S. One such figure, William Sylvis, who, "Reflecting the influence of Common Sense, he drafted the manifesto of the National Labor Union in the fashion of the Declaration of Independence."
Jul 20, 2014 - 3:05:19 AM
Book Reviews Martha Stevens-David Review: "The Basket of Fruit" by Margaret Hooton
At first glance, one assumes that this story is just another "children's" book story but upon deeper reading, it becomes apparent that it is not. The author, along with the lovely illustrations, takes the reader to another realm that most children's book authors dare not go. I read the book twice so as not to miss anything in the drawings or the words and found it to be very insightful in regard to the aspects of "human nature."
Jul 14, 2014 - 12:22:53 AM
Book Reviews M. Stevens-David Review: "Ghost Light" by Sarah Romine
"Ghost Light" by Sarah Romine clearly illustrates the dangers that not only young people can fall into in when venturing into Hollywood in attempt to achieve their dream, but what can happen to everyone from anywhere. This book should be "required" reading for any and all who are leaning in the "Hollywood" direction.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:22:31 AM
Book Reviews R.P.BenDedek Review: "Strike at the Heart: The first mission" By L.W. Berrie
'Strike at the Heart' by L.W. Berry is a very well written, fast paced and interesting story that deals with a variety of elements including science fiction, military warfare, ancient history, medicine and love. When I turned the last page I just wanted to scream. 'What happens now?' I demanded to know of nobody in particular. Clearly the book is designed for a sequel which I really want to read, and I think that the storyline would make a great movie.
Jul 13, 2014 - 2:15:14 AM
Book Reviews M. Stevens-David Review: "Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale" by Marjuan Canady
The story is fast paced and filled with Caribbean dialect "words" that add to the charm of this "children's story. The story contains many of the elements that make for a good tale; i.e. mystery, humor and love. I think it would be fun to read to children because as "Americans" nearly all of us have come from a far off land or island at one time or another.
Jul 11, 2014 - 2:03:13 AM
Book Reviews M. Stevens-David Review: "Foothold in the Mountain" by Constance Caruso
Her extremely sad tale takes us from her birth to present day and of all the books I have read, I found this story to be extremely difficult to complete. Not due to the fact that it wasn't well-written but due to the fact that it drew the reader in until one could actually visualize Connie's deep love for her family and her child and the hell she endured throughout most of her life.
Jul 9, 2014 - 8:57:31 PM
Book Reviews M. Stevens-David Review: "Nobody Knew She Was There" by Andrew Glascoe
This is really a son's story about his mother that takes one from Toronto, Canada back across the Atlantic to northern Europe. It deals with the sad fact that we, as humans, often reside upon this earth a good number of years and when we are no longer here, our own close relatives, when asked who or what we stood for, they cannot find the words to truly define us or our lives.
Jul 8, 2014 - 7:50:10 PM
Book Reviews M. Stevens-David Review: "The Last Human" by Ink Pieper
This short but powerful story serves as a notice to all mankind that what we think we know and can believe in, really isn't so...As I got about half way through the story, it dawned on me that even though we, Americans, have always been told that "we" are the most powerful nation on earth, that isn't always the truth.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:20:06 AM
Book Reviews Milt Gross Movie review: "Philomena" starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan
This 2013 true story is a great movie with a plot that makes you angry at the sisters in a convent and the Americans who bought babies from them. It also makes you feel very sorry for Judi Dench's character, Philomena Lee, who as a very young and imprisoned worker at the convent, watched through a barred window as her young son was loaded into a car and driven away from the convent.
Jul 6, 2014 - 2:05:20 AM
This book, "The Last Human" by Ink Pieper, which appeared in our book basket on June 8 has since been reviewed by Martha Stevens-David who wrote: "This short but powerful story serves as a notice to all mankind that what we think we know and can believe in, really isn't so..."
Jul 6, 2014 - 12:02:56 AM
Book Reviews M. Stevens-David Review: "Justice for Lorraine" by Conrad Cohen
Mr. Cohen needs "closure" to all his pain and suffering and the loss of his one and only great love and thus far, he had not been able to find it. He is a good man who served his country in war and peace and should not have had to go through what he has. I think everyone should read this very powerful story because something of the same ilk could happen to any one of us.
Jul 4, 2014 - 12:20:13 AM
Book Reviews M. Stevens-David Review: "Scripted in Heaven" by Lourdes Duque Baron
This well-researched story about a doctor, his "God" and his family, carries the reader along and one is reluctant to put the book down even for a moment. The author fully details the family's interaction with "Padre Pio da Pietrelcina" the patron saint of healing and her own husband's ordeal with cancer.
Jul 2, 2014 - 1:45:23 AM
Book Reviews Estelle Parke Book Review: "Seeing the Life" by Sophie Dawson
I am pleased to recommend this book as one that would be of interest to a wide readership, because it is well-written, carefully researched, correct according to scripture, but manages to tell its story without the undue promotion of any particular religious belief system. This book is unique in both its perspective and its impact.
Jun 18, 2014 - 12:20:28 AM