Review: the works of Michelle Moran

In which I review Michelle Moran’s work Cleopatra’s Daughter Cleopatra’s Daughter by Michelle Moran My rating: 3 of 5 stars During my recovery from knee replacement surgery, I took to some easy reading, something historical which required nothing of me, no intellectual stimulus, no literary demands, not particularly inspiring but rather something which would simply transport me to another place and time and allow the healing process to occur. So it was I discovered Michelle…

Review: Above All Things, by Tanis Rideout

Above All Things by Tanis Rideout My rating: 5 of 5 stars It is a stunning achievement that Tanis Rideout should write such a polished, captivating, gorgeous novel, made even more remarkable by the fact this is her first published novel. From the subtle opening hook to the shattering last paragraph, Above All Things sated my appetite for impeccably crafted fiction. Above All Things is a rich historical novel which recounts George Mallory’s epic assent…

Review: The Stone Sky, by N.K. Jemisin

The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin My rating: 4 of 5 stars The conclusion of N.K. Jemisin’s stunning and original trilogy, The Broken Earth perfectly completes in The Stone Sky. I have said it before, and I will say it again, Jemisin has written a remarkable, unique and fascinating world, people by fascinating characters and species, wrapped in flawless and beautiful writing. There is no lag in tension, no meandering exposition. This is storytelling at…