Hello MostlyFiction readers!
For our latest book reviews posted at MostlyFiction.com go to our HOME PAGE for quick synospis, book cover image, publisher, and reviewer; or, click on the title below to go directly to the review.
CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS OVER AN ELEVATOR IN PIAZZA VITTORIO by Amara Lakhous
CASTORP by Pawel Huelle
A CASE OF EXPLODING MANGOES by Mohammed Hanif
THE ENCHANTRESS OF FLORENCE by Salman Rushdie
THE THIRTEENTH TALE by Diane Setterfield
ILLEGAL ACTION by Stella Rimington
LEATHER MAIDEN by Joe R. Lansdale
THE NIGHT VILLA by Carol Goodman
THE TIME IT TAKES TO FALL by Margaret Lazarus Dean
INDIGNATION by Philip Roth
THE WIDOWS OF EASTWICK by John Updike
PEOPLE OF THE WHALE by Linda Hogan
DEAF SENTENCE by David Lodge
RANCID PANSIES by James Hamilton-Paterson
KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE: THE BARBARA PAYTON STORY by John O'Dowd
THE LONG EMBRACE: RAYMOND CHANDLER AND THE WOMAN HE LOVED by Judith Freeman
We have posted our favorites reads for 2008! Each reviewer lists his or her favorite books that they read in 2008 -- note that we do not just list new books published in 2008 nor do we only list books that we reviewed. We read a lot of books but we do not always review everything we read! You have to remember this is a volunteer effort and everyone has other lives that also keep them busy. (But reading always keeps us sane and centered.) Plus, as I always say, a good book does not go out of style -- so if we read what we enjoy, you can bet our top picks for the year are the ones we liked best. Also, I think when you see each of our lists, you will get a peak into each of our reading personalities.
I am also experimenting with doing an actual blog to announce each new book reviewed. I've noticed that my travel blog comes up in the Google search engines fairly easily, which I hadn't planned nor am I sure this is a good thing. So I'm wondering if I can't improve our MostlyFiction.com standings in the search engine world by front-ending the site with a real blog and not just emulating the blog style on the home page. Also, I do not know if a synopsis is more beneficial to you (like on our home page) or if it is better to give a sneak look at the review (as I'm trying with the majority of the blog entries). ANY COMMENTS are welcome - just reply to this newsletter.
Thanks to everyone who did their holiday shopping by first clicking on a book link from MostlyFiction.com to get to Amazon.com (you can go anywhere from here and MF still gets a commission). I really appreciate it; now that I'm unemployed, I need help covering costs of Internet access, etc. So, don't hesitate to shop like this any time of year! That is, of course, if you find this site beneficial.
I hope everyone is surviving ice storms, snow storms, and other quirks of winter weather. Carl and I may be living in the Arizona desert, but we are learning it can get quite cold here too (o.k. not nearly as cold as NH). But it did get down to 32F last night and we woke up with frost! We bought an extra propane tank the other day -- not taking any chances on running out. Maybe we should have headed for the Florida Keys, instead...
Anyway, I hope everyone keeps warm with lots of family, friends and loved ones. And I especially hope that you have time to read a good book or two during the holidays. You know we have plenty of suggestions for the perfect read.
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