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Michael Schmicker, whom I've written about on the creative trouble blog, just published his first novel, The Witch of Napoli. He sent me a proof copy, and I posted a short review on his Amazon.com page. The complete version of the review appears on Thumbnail Reviews & News. Here is an excerpt:

Michael Schmicker draws on all his gifts as a journalist, student of the paranormal, and storyteller to make The Witch of Napoli—a novel about a nineteenth-century Italian medium named Alessandra Poverelli—captivating and compelling. I read it quickly, in three nights, and then started to read it again, savoring the story—and admiring Schmicker’s skill—more the second time.

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Goodreads has some of the informal reviews I've written. On my page are opinions of books on technology, such as The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains, Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, and Data and Goliath; the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson and the sequels by David Lagercrantz; the Miss Peregrine trilogy; books on sociology and psychology, such as Liespotting, Awkward, and The Sociopath Next Door; and fiction and nonfiction books about the paranormal, such as The Charm Buyers and A Haunted Love Story. Most of these were bought at the Barnes & Noble store at Ala Moana Center, of which I am a loyal member.


A partial list of my reviews for Manoa Journal: 

  • The Man Who Died En Route (University of Massachusetts Press, 1989) by Nell Altizer, reviewed in the fall 1990 issue.
  • Sister Stew: Fiction and Poetry by Women (Bamboo Ridge Press, 1991), edited by Juliet Kono and Cathy Song, reviewed in the winter 1993 issue.
  • Sun Signs from a Polar Star (Old Harbor Press, 1993) by Dale de Armond, reviewed in the summer 1994 issue.
  • Desert Skin (University of Utah Press, 1995) by Thomas Miller, reviewed in the winter 1996 issue.