The Synopsis: A Powerful Tool

A synopsis distills the key messages, themes, and direction of a story.  Have you ever tried to condense the plot of a novel into one page?  How about one or two sentences?  It’s hard.  Really hard.  The first time I … Continue reading

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Review

*SPOILER ALERT!  PLOT AND KEY POINTS IN THIS REVIEW* Cross cultural, forbidden, young love, set against the painful backdrop of World War II and the Japanese internment camps. Henry’s family proudly identified themselves as Chinese.  Keiko’s family proudly identified themselves … Continue reading

Hunger Games: A Review

I just finished Suzanne Collin’s first book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.  It was a compelling, fast-paced read in an intriguing world with chilling rules and political complications that captivate the reader. I found our main character, sixteen-year-old Katniss, to … Continue reading

An Unusual Detective: A Review

Looking at the world through another’s eyes can be enchanting, funny, disturbing or profound. Christopher Boone’s avid attention to detail in this first-person canine murder mystery makes this story both funny and heartwarming. A dog is discovered brutally skewered with a garden rake in … Continue reading