Austen Sequels, Retellings, etc. ~ An Embarrassment of “Riches” by Susan Karsten

Researching this subject taught me a new term and concept: Jane Austen para-literature. Oh my. This is a huge topic. I am only able to skirt around it, since to cover this topic completely would take years. The incredible array of sequels and retellings of the Austen ouvre is astounding. I, dear reader am a […]

“Big Brother” by Lionel Shriver ~ a Book Review by Susan Karsten

This author wowed me with her intelligent, detailed novel. Reading weight-loss fiction and memoir is one of my guilty pleasures.  Big Brother qualifies with its detailed and juicy re-telling of weight loss “success”. Less compelling is the ending. I guess I should have known that the liquid diet plot element in the second section of […]

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman ~ review by Susan Karsten

I dig for books. One way I dig is by reading book reviews. After noticing several raves about Neil Gaiman’s latest book, “The Ocean at the End of the Lane”, I decided to see what was so great about this slender fiction volume. In one night of reading, then skimming, I found out. Not so […]