Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: The True Darcy Spirit

The True Darcy Spirit (Darcy #3), by Elizabeth Aston If you really like the author and the way she treats the supposed second generation of Darcy women, then it would be possible to like this work.  As for me, someone … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Exploits And Adventures Of Miss Alethea Darcy

The Exploits And Adventures Of Miss Alethea Darcy (Darcy #2), by Elizabeth Aston This was a hard novel to really appreciate.  Throughout her body of work, Elizabeth Aston has written a lot about the Darcy family as she imagines them … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Darcy Connection

The Darcy Connection (Darcy #5), by Elizabeth Aston Having previously read (and at least mildly enjoyed) a previous book by the author [1], I had some idea of what to expect going into this novel and my expectations were met … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Day Of The Donald

The Day Of The Donald:  Trump Trumps America!, by Andrew Shaffer If one compares this book to the author’s writing in the Obama-Biden mystery series, which takes as its starting point the political afterlife of the previous president and vice … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Survive A Sharknado

How To Survive A Sharknado And Other Unnatural Disasters, by Andrew Shaffer with contributions by Fin Shepard & April Wexler It is easy to imagine how this book came to be.  Let us picture some sort of planning meeting by … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hope Never Dies

Hope Never Dies (Obama Biden Mystery #1), by Andrew Shaffer Without being particular partisans of either of the main characters in this uproariously funny and also deeply poignant mystery novel, namely former president Obama and former vice president Biden, there … Continue reading

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Book Review: Literary Rogues

Literary Rogues:  A Scandalous History Of Wayward Authors, by Andrew Shaffer Reading this book for me was a rather Nathanish experience, full of ambivalence and amusing irony and complexity.  The author is himself a successful writer of multiple volumes of … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fifty Shames Of Earl Grey

Fifty Shames Of Earl Grey:  A Parody, by Fanny Merkin (aka Andrew Shaffer) One of the most obvious but seldom asked questions when it comes to books is do they need to exist?  Does this book have a worth or … Continue reading

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Book Review: Great Philosophers Who Failed At Love

Great Philosophers Who Failed At Love, by Andrew Shaffer Perhaps the most embarrassing and Nathanish thing about this book is that it is one that I could see (in a worst-case scenario) being expanded to include my own disastrous love … Continue reading

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Book Review: King Hedley II

King Hedley II (The Century Cycle #9), by August Wilson King Hedley II is a poignant and tragic play, one of a series of poignant and tragic plays by the author, in which a black man ends up being both … Continue reading

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