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Literary LA
Literary LA
by Lionel Rolfe
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Literary LA—a Bohemian Love Story, February 23, 2015
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If you thought that Los Angeles was mainly a city of business and commerce, think again. As the author of Literary LA shows convincingly, Los Angeles has had a vibrant literary tradition and a host of famous authors have visited and lived in Los Angeles since the early 19th century. Such greats as John Steinbeck, Theodore Dreiser, Mark Twain, the brothers Mann, and, of course, Jack Kerouac, just to name a few, have left their mark on this fascinating city and surrounding areas.

The author, Lionel Rolfe, nephew of the celebrated violinist, Yehudi Menuhin, and son of the famous pianist, Yaltah Menuhin, has been intimately connected with the Bohemian movement as journalist, writer, and friend of many publishers, artists, and authors. What makes his history of the Bohemian literary movement so fascinating, are the many personal encounters with publishers, writers, and artists. Rolfe hung out, among others, with Jack Zeitlin, the “grand old man of Los Angeles letters,” went bar hopping with Jack Kerouac, and had a few intriguing encounters with the family of the German authors Thomas and Heinrich Mann.

A fascinating book and a must-read for anybody interested in art and literature of this wonderful city Los Angeles!


Beneath Mackerel Skies
Beneath Mackerel Skies
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another jewel by a great author!, February 1, 2015
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Here is another great book by one of favorite authors. Beneath Mackerel Skies concludes the trilogy about life in Maine in the 19th century and its early pioneers. The third book takes us beyond the Civil War. We meet familiar characters, the Ryan family, their descendants, relatives, and friends, as well as new people. As shown in the first two books, life was harsh, often cruel, but not without hope. The pain inflicted by the civil war, the loss of sons, and the bigotry toward the native people are set against the love and compassion of the family and the help from outsiders. As in her first two books, the characters are genuine and convincing. Images of little Cece, Nana Hodge, Uncle Jacob, the Ryan boys, Sean and Gert Ryan, stay with you long after you finish reading the book. I enjoyed every minute of this trilogy!


A Storm Hits Valparaiso
A Storm Hits Valparaiso
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful, informative, and moving!, September 28, 2014
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Well-researched and well-written fiction often gives us a more genuine and “truer” picture of the past than history books do. This is also the case with this novel about the independence wars of important parts of South America. In A Storm Hits Valparaiso, history is shown through the eyes of individual everyday characters from different countries and all walks of life and society: among others, the rebellious Catalina turned prostitute, the runaway slave Ze, the brothers Diego and Jorge, Pacha, the indigenous mine worker, all the way up the ranks to the commander and sea captain Cochrane and the great general Jose de San Martin. Each of them experiences these turbulent times in a very different way and all of them together give us a vivid picture of an important moment in history. A suspenseful, informative, and moving story, well worth reading more than once!


Blood Psychics
Blood Psychics
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5.0 out of 5 stars Characters to root for!, August 12, 2014
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In BLOOD PSYCHIC, we meet Anna Richter and Joan Holland from CEL & ANNA and from WARNING: SOMETHING ELSE IS HAPPENING and get a deeper insight into their family relationships. Anna has to deal with her conflicted feelings toward her mother and tries to come to terms with her relationship with her boyfriend Taz. Joan Holland in the second story is confronted with the dilemma of helping persecuted refugees and trying to protect her own and her husband’s life as well as her unborn child. These are fantasy stories but they strike me as completely real and believable. But most of all, I love the complex and genuine characters, Anna, Taz as well as Joan and her husband and of course Cel. I look forward to more stories about them!


The Cold Cold Sea
The Cold Cold Sea
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and heart-wrenching story, August 4, 2014
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Two families are confronted with one of the most painful and devastating experiences: the loss of a child. Both families deal with their grief in their own way, but in one case, the inability to accept the reality of what happened leads to actions that spin out of control and threaten to destroy the rest of the family.

This is a heart-wrenching as well as heart-warming story, beautifully written, full of tension, and with genuine, flawed, loving, and psychologically complex characters. We feel with them and for them, even if some of their actions are misguided and lead to more suffering.

I couldn’t put this book down and I can highly recommend it.


Smasher
Smasher
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and touching story for the young and the young-at-heart, June 10, 2014
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Charlie, a young, somewhat insecure boy, who is frequently bullied, finds himself on a quest to save not only his friends and family but the entire future of the world. During his many adventures, he has to face his fears and discovers that he has a lot more courage, spunk, and stamina than he ever thought possible. A fascinating page turner, with some deep insights into human nature, lots of fun science and technology, Smasher is a book for the young and the young-at-heart. Highly recommended!


A Boy From Down East
A Boy From Down East
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5.0 out of 5 stars It reminded me of my own childhood … although I grew up at the other end of the world!, April 10, 2014
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A Boy from Down East by Larry B. Gray is a moving, vividly told, and fun memoir of a young boy growing up in a small town in North Carolina, surrounded by farms and tobacco fields. It could not have been more removed from my own childhood in a small town in Switzerland. There were no tobacco fields there and my family did not own a farm. My father had a business in town and I am sure the landscape around our home was very different from the one “down east.”

And yet, on almost every page, I found similarities to the way I grew up. Sometimes, the memories were nostalgic, sometimes I laughed out loud when I remembered a similar incident from my past. I, too, could run around the woods without worrying about safety. We had small family-owned grocery stores, where you could buy a piece of candy for 5 cents, a small town library, and a bus with groceries, which came by once a week. Perhaps it was the fact that we grew up during the same time, in the fifties and sixties, in a small rural environment that accounted for the surprising similarities in our childhood. In a small town, at that time, life wasn’t always easy but seemed, somehow, simpler. And compared to the anonymity of big towns and cities, everyone knew each other, and people did care for one another.

The stories, however, didn’t just remind me of my own childhood but gave me a very vivid picture of a time and place in a country I only got to know later when I moved her in the seventies. All in all, a very interesting and enjoyable book I can only recommend.


The Narrow Gate: A Supernatural Thriller (Solom Book 2)
The Narrow Gate: A Supernatural Thriller (Solom Book 2)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Appalachia at its best!, March 27, 2014
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The perfect mix of Appalachian ghost lore, tension between parents and youngsters, creepy scenes, and colorful characters. Always enjoyable. I recommend reading the first part of the series first.


Warning: Something Else Is Happening
Warning: Something Else Is Happening
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, exciting, and thought-provoking, December 16, 2013
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I have been looking forward to the sequel to CEL & ANNA, one of my favorite sci-fi tales (and I’m not even a fan of sci-fi!). What I liked about CEL & ANNA and what is also true of Lindsay Edmund’s new novel, WARNING: SOMETHING ELSE IS HAPPENING (I really like this title) is that the author has the unique ability to merge the fantastic with the real. The creatures of Earthworld and Networld are fairytale-like beings who nevertheless remind us in many ways of ourselves. They may appear odd, strange, fantastic, outlandish, but they are believable. In WARNING, we meet old friends, such as Anna Ringer and her husband Taz, and Cel, Anna’s computer, who is a conscious being and has “ascended” to Networld, where he tries to prevent the dark forces of Networld from destroying Earthworld. Because Cel, having lived in Earthworld, knows that despite the stupidity and cruelty of many of the humans, there are good people as well. A story of adventure, social satire, or, as the author calls it, a dystopian fairytale, WARNING is fun, exciting, and thought-provoking!


The Dragon Sisters (The Dragon Sisters Trilogy Book 1)
The Dragon Sisters (The Dragon Sisters Trilogy Book 1)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun and mysterious story, December 11, 2013
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Kaja's comfortable world in the city of Zurich, Switzerland, gets turned upside down and she doesn't like it one bit. The fact that she begins to be followed by a blue dragon who keeps getting on her nerves, doesn't make her life any easier. The Dragon Sisters is an entertaining, light-hearted, and suspenseful tale--a mix of fantasy and corporate crime--that takes place in Switzerland and France. A story for a cozy evening in front of the fireplace.


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