Thursday, February 21, 2019

27 results for 'Donna Brown'

Book review: Gods and Fathers

By Donna Brown, published on Feb 9, 2012

Blurb: Nationally bestselling author James LePore has established a reputation as a writer whose vividly drawn characters and morally complex plots have kept readers up to all hours turning pages. His new novel promises more sleepless nights and more nonstop thrills.Matt DeMarco is an accomplished Manhattan attorney with more than his share of emotional baggage. His marriage ended disastrously, his ex-wife has pulled their son away from him, and her remarriage to a hugely successful Arab businessman has created complications for Matt on multiple levels. However, his life shifts from troubled... (more)

Tags: book review, thriller, james lepore, gods and fathers

Book review: Penelope and the Birthday Curse

By Donna Brown, published on Feb 8, 2012

Blurb: The Birthday Curse is set outside the town limits of Dillwood, in a strange old house called the Manor, with a detective who is bold, brassy and only thirteen. Her name is Penelope Amour.

Her parents invite family and friends to the Manor to celebrate Penelope’s birthday, assembling an odd mix of characters that includes fortune tellers, hoodlums, crazy relatives and a real life drama queen. Complications soon arise when a snowstorm knocks out the power, stranding them in the country, fourteen miles from town. On the morning of Penelope’s birthday, they find one of the guests... (more)

Tags: book review, books, ron d. voigts, penelope and the birthday curse

Book review: A Brief History of Mathematics

By Donna Brown, published on Feb 6, 2012

Blurb: This ten-part history of mathematics reveals the personalities behind the calculations: the passions and rivalries of mathematicians struggling to get their ideas heard. Professor Marcus du Sautoy shows how these masters of abstraction find a role in the real world and proves that mathematics is the driving force behind modern science. He explores the relationship between Newton and Leibniz, the men behind the calculus; and, looks at how the mathematics that Euler invented 200 years ago paved the way for the internet and discovers how Fourier transformed our understanding of heat, light... (more)

Tags: book review, books, history, history of mathematics, mathematics, marcus du sautoy

Do as you would be done by...

By Donna Brown, published on Dec 31, 2011

I’m not religious but there’s one sentiment that I believe everyone can – and should – stand by and that’s ‘Do as you would be done by…’. So I was kind of brought up short by my own thinking today – ‘Do as you are done by’ – when making my resolutions.

I said, without a trace of bitterness, that my New Year’s resolution would be not to have any time for people who was abrupt/rude/superior and to apply a ‘pay it forward’ mentality to all kindness and disassociate myself from people who didn’t do the same. I wasn’t being rude or negative. I wasn’t even hoping that every nice thing I did... (more)

Tags: 2012, new year, resolutions

Cat Resolutions 2012

By Donna Brown, published on Dec 31, 2011

It's New Year's Eve so I thought I'd share what I think my cats' resolutions will be for 2012!

Bilbo says: Cuddles with Mummy! Nothing is more important than that. I leave my food, toys, bed, warm spots when Mummy comes into the room. Sometimes I chew her hair but she usually stops me because I like to eat it. So maybe my resolution will be to find a way to groom Mummy more. But then, I might lose my cuddle time! I'll stick with the cuddles!

Frodo says: Meow! MEOW! I think they can hear me next door now and possibly even in the next street. Daddy calls me the Opera Singer.... (more)

Tags: pets, cats, 2012, new year, resolutions

Book review: Brilliant Prey - Brenda Wallace

By Donna Brown, published on Dec 29, 2011


Even a genius can be played for a pawn by a cunning and deadly manipulator.

Lauren James is a former psychiatrist, still reeling from her husband’s suicide and the subsequent miscarriage that swept away her tidy life the year before. On the anniversary of his death, she opens what she hopes to be a "Welcome to Mensa" envelope and pulls out a threatening puzzle along with the identical suicide note she had burned the previous year. Unraveling the twisted clues, Lauren embarks on a harrowing journey drawn in by a child’s neglected grave, a professor from the island of St.... (more)

Tags: book review, thriller, brenda wallace, brilliant prey

Why Fezariu's Epiphany will always be my favourite 2011 book

By Donna Brown, published on Dec 28, 2011

I didn't review Fezariu's Epiphany - I had too much invested in the book to be objective about it - but I'd like to explain why it has to be my favourite book of 2011.

Allow me to give you a bit of history. I met David in 2008 when we were working for the same company. We barely knew one another but knew we shared a love of literature. I convinced David to share some of his writing with me and he complied. Then he discovered what a vicious critic I can be.

I saw real potential in David's writing and it was for that reason that I returned it covered in ink, crossings out, annotations.... (more)

Tags: fantasy, books, fezariu's epiphany, david m. brown, elenchera, the elencheran chronicles

Book review: A Bad Kitty Christmas - Nick Bruel

By Donna Brown, published on Dec 26, 2011



"Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the city, not a creature was stirring...Except for BAD KITTY."

A greedy Bad Kitty didn't get all the presents she wanted for Christmas, but after she goes on a Christmas caper across town and through multiple alphabets, she makes a new friend, finds an old friend, and learns the true meaning of Christmas. Or not. Nick Bruel's first picture book about Bad Kitty since the uproarious Poor Puppy in 2007 is full of rhyming mayhem... and Christmas... (more)

Tags: cats, book review

Book review: Cat Pies - Grace Elliot

By Donna Brown, published on Dec 22, 2011


Did the Victorian’s really eat cat pies?

Why are cats fabled with having nine lives?

Who invented the cat flap?

Do black cats bring good or bad luck?

Why did Victorian veterinarians have such a bad reputation?

Is cat-gut really made from cats?

How did cats win a battle?

You will find the answers to these and many more questions of feline historical trivia in “Cat Pies”.


I contacted Grace directly via Kindle Boards because I’d seen her post about a new cat-related title and my interest was immediately piqued.... (more)

Tags: cats, book review, felines, trivia, cat pies

Author interview: Rick Bylina

By Donna Brown, published on Dec 13, 2011

Today I'm interviewing Rick Bylina, author of One Promise Too Many (A Detective Stark Mystery).

About Rick

"Rick Bylina lives with his wife, Carrie, and their 19-year-old cockatiel, Sydney, near Apex, North Carolina. Ongoing corporate downsizing convinced him to tap into his passion. He scribbled down any crazy idea that crossed his mind. After gaining discipline, he wrote his debut mystery novel, "One Promise Too Many", the first in a series featuring Detective Roger Stark. Writing happens spontaneously between housework, gardening, cooking, fishing, and wrestling alligators."

... (more)

Tags: literature, books, interview, authors

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