Colter’s Mermaid

Daphne pulled herself out of the steaming pool. The boiling water beaded on her milky blue skin. Dusk was settling behind the line of trees in the distance, giving the barren white landscape a rosy glow. Steam sizzled and twisted into the air around Daphne while she opened and closed her fist, gazing at the last rays … More Colter’s Mermaid

Book Review: The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal

Siegal wrote The Anatomy Lesson as if this were a thesis her university wouldn’t let her defend. The book is titled after Rembrant’s work, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, painted in 1632; the main character of the book is the corpse being dissected in the painting. Compelling idea, to have the criminal in the painting … More Book Review: The Anatomy Lesson by Nina Siegal

Book Review: The Signature of All Things

Elizabeth Gilbert is a talented author: she wrote a book with an extremely unclear plot, but one which I was compelled to finish to the 523rd page. The Signature of All Things is largely the life-long story of Alma Whittaker, the fictitious daughter of a fictitious upstart businessman who made his somewhat unscrupulous fortune through … More Book Review: The Signature of All Things

Book Review: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier writes historic fiction that isn’t laughably romanticized nor suspiciously unbelievable. Like her more popular novels, The Lady and the Unicorn and The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Burning Bright uses the backdoor approach to historical fiction. Instead of being with the king in his chambers amidst the turmoil of European revolution, we’re in a crowded … More Book Review: Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier