The Laramie Project

From Julie Rosslee
author: Kaufman, Moises
 The Laramie Project
This is a wonderful piece that illustrates the need for tolerance and acceptance.  It is through Matthew Shepard’s story that readers see the grotesque side of humanity and the portrayal of his hometown’s response after his horrific death and the legal proceedings that followed.

Before I Go to Sleep

From Caryn Eve Murray
author: Watson, S.J.
 Before I Go to Sleep
 This is a debut novel about memory loss that, perhaps ironically, turns out to be unforgettable. The protagonist, herself a debut novelist, suffers amnesia that permits her to remember her activities throughout the day but the slate is wiped clean each morning when she awakens. Her paranoia, both real and imagined, coupled with her very real sense of not knowing the details of her own life and loss set the stage for what is more psychological thriller than sentimental look at one woman’s lack of nostalgia. The true, violent circumstances of her lost memory are ultimately what redeem her, but not before the reader gets unsettled too, in some effective twists and turns.

At Bertram’s Hotel

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Christie Agatha
At Bertram’s Hotel
I thought I had read all Christie’s Miss Marple books, but I missed this one.  As usual, everyone ignores, misjudges, or otherwise dismisses Miss Marple’s powers of observation and awareness of people’s criminal intent.  The setting of the stately Bertram Hotel, with its old world luxury and refinements, adds to the delight of this mystery.

Four Films of Woody Allen

From Raymond Cantwell
author: Allen, Woody
Four Films of Woody Allen
Of the four, the film I was most interested in was Annie Hall.  Surprisingly, Mr. Allen only co-wrote this with a Marshall Brickman.  The character development was well conceived and executed.  Readers might find many of the characters intimidating – extremely successful Hollywood and music producers, for instance.  Yet Allen serves these up as goofily flawed.  So while they will be taken seriously by most, they are also easily dispatched as self-absorbed and loony.  Allen plays his stereotypical self, the neurotic yet lovable, paranoid and misunderstood, intellectual hipster from scrappy Brooklyn.  I appreciated this screenplay more than the Oscar-winning movie, so this definitely earns my approval.

The God of Hive

Fron Tony Chan
author: King, Laurie R.
 The God of Hive
The God of Hive is a continuation of the Language of Bees. Ms. King does a great job in putting the reader into story with her well chosen words. The majority of the story is surrounded with the death of Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older brother and eventually discovered that he is part of the British intelligence. The only wish I have is that she would developed the villian character a bit more.