A Review of ‘Anxious People’ by Fredrik Backman

This is a poignant comedy about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. For years, I have been aware of Fredrik Backman's work. As a bookseller, I frequently saw A Man … Continue reading A Review of ‘Anxious People’ by Fredrik Backman

A Review of ‘Piranesi’ by Susanna Clarke

Almost fifteen years after the publication of her first novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell, author Susanna Clarke has returned with Piranesi, a story about a man living in a house which, with its hundreds of halls and atriums which are full of statues, seems to be a world all of its own. What if … Continue reading A Review of ‘Piranesi’ by Susanna Clarke

A Review of ‘From A Certain Point of View’

2017 marks 40 years since Star Wars: A New Hope-- then titled simply Star Wars-- debuted in theaters, inviting millions of people to a galaxy far, far away. When Disney bought Lucasfilm, retconning everything but the main Skywalker films and the animated Clone Wars television series, a spark of life was once again reignited in the franchise. … Continue reading A Review of ‘From A Certain Point of View’

Interview with Catherine Jones Payne

I remember, quite a while ago, reading that mermaids were going to be the next big thing in the publishing industry after vampires ran their course. Although there has been a slight influx in mermaid-centered fiction, it hasn't quite taken off as of yet. Why do you think this is? I don’t think those predictions … Continue reading Interview with Catherine Jones Payne