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Burning the Bridges

Book reviews from various blogs I’ve written for over the years compiled at Goodreads (I’m working on getting the reviews all in one place over there…bear with me in the meantime)

Scars Publications

Guest posts at Lahikmajoe Drinks Tea

…a hundred visions and revisions, before the taking of toast and tea

We’ve no time to wash the things between whiles

3Elements Review

Momentous

Watertown Daily Times, Page A2

Fourth & Sycamore

Two poems – Ex-Pats and Black Pond 

Daily Gazette

A ‘wickedly’ entertaining musical

Durang’s farce both moving and hilarious

‘Gutenberg’ silly and irreverent, yet enjoyable

Shakespeare & Company play is an absolute dream

‘The God Game’ at Capital Repertory a stunning work

‘Flashdance’ evokes nostalgia, and that’s enough

Despite slow start, ‘Gypsy’ succeeds

Home Made Theater’s tame version of Christie play worth seeing

‘SantaLand Diaries’ generates some serious laughs for SCP

Iranian playwright’s ‘White Rabbit’ is raw and compelling

Cap Rep production portrays gripping struggle for power

C-R Productions’ ‘Les Mis’ has merits, issues to iron out

Technology takes the life out of ‘Ghost: The Musical’

New ATF play not to be missed

Exuberant ‘Anything Goes’ treat for both eyes and ears

Les Miserables’ is a feast for the eyes and ears

‘Leading Ladies’ lingers too long

SCP gets in spirit of Coward comedy

Cohoes’ ‘Dolly’ gets sterling treatment

Whitton shines in one-man ‘SantaLand’

‘Drawer Boy’: Strong performances make play on friendship compelling

Uneven “Chorus Line” still fun

Potter spoof gets everyone laughing

Gritty realism: Green Day show ‘American Idiot’ has one more show at Proctors

Jane Austen tale gets musical, pleasing adaptation at Cap Rep

Rigby’s ‘Peter Pan’ proves magical for children and adults alike

Woman’s struggle confusing

Classic drama of family intrigue gets royal treatment in the Berkshires

Nostalgic ‘Animal Crackers’ funny, yet feels dated

‘On the Town’ is perky love letter to 1940s NYC

Flawless ‘Heroes’ not to be missed

SLOC production of ‘Sweet Charity’ ambitious but uneven

Woman goes from victim to victimizer in mesmerizing play

‘Spamalot’ is frenetic fun at Park Playhouse

Classic whodunit tale gets stellar, innovative update at Berkshire

Queen musical rocks Proctors

Players offer fine addition to resurgence of Holmes

Hilarious ‘Spelling Bee’ a must-see at SLOC

Barrington’s ‘Kiss Me, Kate’ pure inspiration

Strong cast propels ‘Young Frankenstein’

Performers shackled by dated, offensive ‘Rat Pack’

Story about making the movie ‘Gone with the Wind’ makes engaging play

Cast can’t save outdated ‘Morning’s at Seven’

Shaq survives ‘Running Wild’ in Adirondacks

Last-minute gift idea: The arts!

The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review

Carrying the Banner

Sundog Lit

Real Live Girls with Scales and Tails

Gingerbread House Literary Magazine

Hunger: The Black Widow

Happily Ever Aftermath

“Off the Shelf” column in the Watertown Daily Times

Book review: Joe Hill’s “Strange Weather” not as strong as other work, but still has punch

Book review: The dark fairy tale of Emily Fridlund’s ‘History of Wolves’

Book review: The echo of tragedy and strength of love in Alice McDermott’s ‘The Ninth Hour’

Book review: The twisted roots of so-called love in Gabriel Tallent’s ‘My Absolute Darling’

Book review: More realistic teens, a more mature John Green in ‘Turtles All the Way Down’

Book review: A heroine we can all root for in Gail Honeyman’s ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’

The power of words and friendship, teen reads and the love we give our pets: my top ten books of 2017

Book review: A clever mystery within a mystery in Anthony Horowitz’s ‘Magpie Murders’

Fifteen book-to-movie adaptations to get excited about in 2018

Mark your calendars! Fifteen interesting books being released in the next six months

There are so many options — so where do you get your books?

Book review: Absolute power, regardless of gender, corrupts absolutely in Naomi Alderman’s ‘The Power’

Paper or pixels: what do you prefer, e-readers or hard-copy books?

Can you — and should you — separate an author from their work?

Remembering a teacher whose love of words nurtured mine

‘Knowing I lov’d my books’: Current literary reimagining of Shakespeare’s work

The power of words: should schools avoid texts with racially charged language?

‘A poem should not mean, but be’: Celebrating National Poetry Month

Not every book can be the next ‘Gone Girl,’ but here are some thrillers that come close

PBS and the Great American Read — what do you think will be America’s best-loved book?

Book review: The secret to living forever in Chloe Benjamin’s ‘The Immortalists’

From page to screen: the slow erosion of rights in Margaret Atwood’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’

From page to screen: the modernization of Bradbury’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’

Book review: A miscarriage of justice scarier than the supernatural in Stephen King’s ‘The Outsider’

The lazy, hazy days of summer, and the perfect books to help you while them away

Casting a critical eye over the past: problematic language in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s work

Celebrity book clubs: using fame to build community and share the love of literature

Hulu’s ‘Castle Rock’ is a treasure trove for the Stephen King fan

Gillian Flynn and the art of adaptation: ‘Dark Places’ and ‘Sharp Objects’

Two new books make an attempt to reveal the real girl behind Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’

‘A Fan’s Notes’: a first-time reader on Exley’s master work

Ruth Ware — a modern Agatha Christie whose star is on the rise

Books to read to help understand sexual assault and know you’re not alone

Getting ready for Halloween? Here are eight horror novels to set just the right mood

The Great American Read: what can we learn from the final ranking of books?

Stephen King soars with new novella ‘Elevation’

The holidays are coming — here’s how to get just the right books for the kids in your life

Perfect books and short stories to read on a cold winter’s night

Column in the Watertown Daily Times

A day to give thanks … that I’m not the one cooking the turkey

‘Tis the season for Grinches, cartoon penguins with wing envy and the richest man in Bedford Falls

Before you get excited about Facebook’s big announcement, think about what it really means

Pens, lighters and chips: just a few of the many things that don’t have to be reinvented ‘for her’

What’s the matter with kids today? Nothing. They’re amazing.

The loss of a journalist is a loss for us all

Too young for AARP, too old for live concerts: I guess this is middle age

You can have your sunny beaches; I’ll take rocky, mercurial Maine

Recap: ‘Escape at Dannemora’ Episode One (in which we meet Mitchell, Sweat and Matt, behaving badly in the far north)

Recap: ‘Escape at Dannemora’ Episode Two (in which Sweat and Matt make an escape plan with Tilly as the key)

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