Jim Recommends

This is easily my favorite work by Umberto Eco and pretty high on my list of favorite works of historical fiction in general. The story is set in the late 12th century and early 13th century. The main character is Baudolino a boy from northern Italy who has two talents: he can learn any language in moments and he is a very good liar.


Patron Reviews: John Sandford, Dale Bailey

Uncaged: The Singular Menace – John Sandford and Michele Cook The book begins with Shay Remby looking for her missing brother Odin who is a computer genius but mildly autistic. She traces him to Hollywood where he’s joined a group calling themselves Storm. They break into research facilities and rescue abused animals. This time however…

The 100th Anniversary: A World War I in Film

One of the biggest problems with creating a list of World War I movies is deciding what to include and what to leave out. As with the literature on the war there are hundreds of movies so I’ve done a lot of picking and choosing. However if I’ve left something out that you think should…


Reading List: Outlander

“Outlander follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited…


2014 RITA Award Winners

The RITA Awards are sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. The 2014 winners are: Best first book: The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake “Charla Rae Denny was the perfect wife with a perfect life, content to keep the home fires burning while her husband, JB, competed as a champion bull rider. Then their son…