My First Shelfie on a 4-Book Diet

What I'm Reading - RandiAnderson.com

Sometimes it’s possible to read too much. Not horizontally — that is, too often, or too widely — but vertically. By which I mean reading too many books at once. If you’re as excitable and easily distracted as I am, you know the pain. You start off reading one, maybe two books — a fiction and … Read more…

A Review of Horror Novel JENNIFER THE DAMNED by Karen Ullo

Jennifer the Damned by Karen Ullo

“I die a thousand deaths because I do not die.” From this opening epigraph from St. John of the Cross, Karen Ullo’s horror novel Jennifer the Damned sets the perfect tone for its intelligent, spiritually rich, and yet fast-paced story of a teen vampire coming to terms with two difficult realities: one, that she doesn’t have a soul (and … Read more…

So I finally finished CRIME AND PUNISHMENT.

Wow, wow, WOW. I’ve said many times before that Dostoevsky is one of my all-time favorite novelists. I read The Brothers Karamazov almost two years ago and was stunned by his prophetic voice, as well as the strength and multidimensionality of his characters. It’s true that reading his works does require some patience from the modern … Read more…

A Tale of Two Novel Openings

Thank Amazon for free Kindle samples…because what a difference an opening chapter makes. The other day, after finishing Mariette in Ecstasy, I hungered for another good story and so consulted my ever-growing to-read list. There were two books in particular that I was curious about, so I downloaded their opening chapters to compare. It was a good … Read more…