UN: Women A World Report Part II

Sometimes a gem just drops into your lap. Our library had a book sale and I bought a bag of books for 50NOK. Inside I found this collection of essays from 1986. In connection with the end of UN’s 1975-1985 this status report was created. In it we find women who meet other cultures and … Continue reading UN: Women A World Report Part II

Bruni, Frank: Sexism’s Puzzling Stamina

Op-Ed Columnist / By  FRANK BRUNI / Go to Columnist Page  / Frank Bruni’s Blog » Published: June 10, 2013    575 Comments This month the Supreme Court will issue raptly awaited decisions about affirmative action and gay marriage. But what’s been foremost in my thoughts isn’t race, sexual orientation or our country’s deeply flawed handling of … Continue reading Bruni, Frank: Sexism’s Puzzling Stamina

Torr, Edwin; Blood, Bone and Coffin (Dead Means Dead 0); Obulus Books, 2017

The relative merits of my weapon of choice all became a little academic when my phone began to play the Mexican Hat Dance. I rummaged in my pocket, wishing I was better at technology so that I could change the ringtone or at least mute the damn thing. It’s hardly appropriate for a Specialist Funeral … Continue reading Torr, Edwin; Blood, Bone and Coffin (Dead Means Dead 0); Obulus Books, 2017

De Pierres, Marianne; Peacemaker 1 (2014)

The Peacemaker series begins with the novel Peacemaker. Peacemaker also has a first installment of the webcomic edition on De Pierres website. De Pierres has called her Peacemaker stories cowpunk, meaning they are Australian Westerns (yes there is such a thing) with possible aliens/paranormal creatures, technologically enhanced humans and animals and an environmentally challenged country. … Continue reading De Pierres, Marianne; Peacemaker 1 (2014)

Charish, Kristi; Owl and the Japanese Circus (2015)

The world of Owl and the Japanese Circus, by Kristi Charish, is dominated by antique thief extraordinaire, Owl, previously known as Alix Hiboux. Alix’s transformation from archaeology grad student to thief is in part a result of one of the laws we get to know in this urban fantasy. The International Archaeological Association (IAA) operates … Continue reading Charish, Kristi; Owl and the Japanese Circus (2015)

Hernandez, Jessica: Capering on Glass Bridges (Hawk of Stone I)

On Fiaru Island, in the Kingdom of Greylandia, on the world Acu lives the Stone family. We first meet them at the Pairing ceremony of the youngest daughter. Meeting your canonipom and bonding with it is the most important day in the lives of Greylandians. As far as the people we meet know, Kaia Stone … Continue reading Hernandez, Jessica: Capering on Glass Bridges (Hawk of Stone I)

Flynn, Sabrina; A Bitter Draught (Ravenwood Mysteries II) (2015)

I have followed Sabrina Flynn‘s writing since her début novel. It simply does not do her justice to say that her writing has improved immensely. That she happens to throw in important issues as well, is frosting on A Bitter Draught. Humphrey glanced at the envelope again. Muttering under his breath about redheads and their … Continue reading Flynn, Sabrina; A Bitter Draught (Ravenwood Mysteries II) (2015)

Flynn, Sabrina; From the Ashes (Ravenwood Detective Agency I) (2014)

California’s Silver Mistress greeted him with a lush, sensuous embrace. She was a late riser who generally left at noon, returning in the evening like a slow crashing wave rolling relentlessly towards the port. Her touch was cool and it settled around his bones. He had missed her caress. I have never been to San … Continue reading Flynn, Sabrina; From the Ashes (Ravenwood Detective Agency I) (2014)

Farrugia, Nathan; Interceptor (Helix III) (2016)

Sievers turned his lapel out so Denton could see him reaching for a small, slender tin. He crouched and opened the tin on the floorboards, then stepped back. Inside, a large stainless steel and glass syringe. The liquid inside the syringe burned with the colors of molten lava. “You already know what this is,” Sievers … Continue reading Farrugia, Nathan; Interceptor (Helix III) (2016)

Vincent, Steve P.: State of Emergency (Jack Emery II) (2015)

Once again we enter the world of master-sleuth and journalist Jack Emery. Believe it or not, there are people out there who are against world peace. In and of itself that is not a problem. However, when that person has a powerful organization backing them up, the world is in danger. A prime real-life example … Continue reading Vincent, Steve P.: State of Emergency (Jack Emery II) (2015)

Wrede, Patricia C.: Daughter of Witches (Lyra II) (1983)

My copy of Daughter of Witches is the revised version. Daughter of Witches is Patricia C. Wrede’s second story. Bond servants in Chaldon were servants with only one right: a half-day off every three weeks. Their masters could, in all other respects, treat their bond servants as they would. Ranira, our main character, is one … Continue reading Wrede, Patricia C.: Daughter of Witches (Lyra II) (1983)

Williams, Liz: Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen I) (2005)

I know very little about PRC and Singapore. My knowledge has greatly increased since before reading about Detective Inspector Chen Wei, the snake agent, of Singapore 3’s Police department. Singapore 3 is a Franchise city. At the beginning DI Chen wonders whether there is another DI Chen in the other Singapores. I would really like … Continue reading Williams, Liz: Snake Agent (Detective Inspector Chen I) (2005)

Jay, Stacey: Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee I) (2011)

Annabelle Lee is a mess. Her PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) started while she was recovering bodies after Hurricane Katrina. At that time her intake of alcohol increased. Then, while Annabelle was holding her, her sister died from an allergic reaction to fairy bites. At this time Annabelle discovered she was immune to fairy venom. … Continue reading Jay, Stacey: Dead on the Delta (Annabelle Lee I) (2011)

Bell, Alden: The Reapers are the Angels (2010)

“Doggone it, she says. Why do livin and dyin always have to be just half an inch apart?” Bloody hell! Some reviews hurt more than others to write. My father was a couple of years old before the Germans invaded Norway during WWII. He had passed his 7th birthday when they left. Yet there are … Continue reading Bell, Alden: The Reapers are the Angels (2010)