Years ago, I ran a book review website called ClubReading. It was fun, and we (my friends and I), wrote short reviews and recommendations about books we love. I still have many of those posts, and will include some here.


“Gods Go Begging” Jesse Pasadoble

August 29, 2018

Review written for by Bill Gods Go Begging is a wonderful novel about Jesse Pasadoble, a Vietnam veteran, now working as a defense attorney in San Francisco. A couple of current cases draw Jesse into a remarkable world of coincidence and ties to the past. This book has a great story, full of twists and turns, a cacophony of emotion. ...


“Americas Boy: A Memoir” by Wade Rouse

August 10, 2018

Reviewer: linda A small-town boy who dresses in his mothers bikini when he’s five so he can be queen of the pageant has some issues to address in his life, especially when that small town is in rural southwestern Missouri. Rouse tells wonderful tales of a family that may not have understood him, but loved him nonetheless. The family tales ...


“The Town and the City” Jack Kerouac

August 7, 2018

Jack Kerouac’s first published novel, The Town and the City is a story of monumental scope and great emotional depth. The book’s jacket cover talks about Kerouac’s idolization of Thomas Wolfe and this book reflects that interest. The story is about choices and regrets. It’s also about a generation robbed of choices and left wondering and apathetic and lost. The ...


“Trials of the Monkey” Matthew Chapman

July 30, 2018

In 1925 John Thomas Scoopes, a High School teacher in Dayton, TN was tried in court for teaching Darwin’s Theory of Evolution contrary to a recently passed Tennessee law. The trial was a media freak show full of bombastic speeches and self-righteous characters. Many books have been written about the Scoopes trial, not so much because of the content, but ...


“Anonymous Rex” Eric Garcia

July 17, 2018

A terrific read! Very entertaining, unusual and fresh with a sly humor and good story. A detective story of sorts. In Eric Garcia’s world, Dinosaurs are walking among us. A while back, the Dino population of the world took notice of the annoying apes evolving and made the decision to hide their identity. Now living among ...


“Breaking the Surface” by Greg Louganis

July 9, 2018

Review written for by Bill in 2001 I love to read. Every once in a while, a book comes along that reminds me so thoroughly why I love to read. This is just such a book. I’ve been following the rescue attempts of the Russian Submarine, Kursk.At the time I’m writing this, the British rescue efforts are ...


“8.4” by Peter Hernon

September 14, 2016

Interesting novel of an earthquake (8.4 magnitude, of course) on the New Madrid fault in Southeast Missouri/Southwest Illinois/Western Tennessee, etc. The science was fun to read. The romance was bad, as there was no basis for the romance. Over all, worth reading if you are an earthquake buff, or interested in the science of quakes.


“Coyote” Allen Steele

June 6, 2016

Coyote is an epic novel of space travel and migration to the stars told in three parts. In part one, the government has twisted and grown more powerful. Radicals or Dissident Intellectuals (DI’s) are closely monitored and often sent to rehabilitation camps with the families. DI’s are no longer allowed to participate in scientific research or space exploration. The government hatches ...


“The Silver Ships,” by S.H. Jucha

March 2, 2015

S.H. Jucha’s debut novel, “The Silver Ships,” introduces a future universe where colony ships from old Earth have settled in different, distant systems, and worked to make a life for themselves. Two of the groups, with very different experiences and opportunities, meet again after centuries. The now, very different cultures must work through some challenges and face a common alien threat. The main ...


“Hit List” Lawrence Block

February 2, 2015

Hit List by Lawrence Block is the second book featuring the assassin for hire Keller. Hit Man is the first book with Keller and an excellent book. Read Linda’s review here. Hit List is also very good, and follows a similar format as the first book. In Hit List, the old man upstairs is dead, so Dot and ...