Category Archives: Melanie Cutting

Sleeping Beauties, by Stephen King and Owen King

Reviewed by Melanie and Gerry Cutting If Stephen King is the “king” of horror fiction, Gerry Cutting is the king of the Stephen King novel, having read nearly all of them. He kindly agreed to speak with me about his … Continue reading

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Three Junes, by Julia Glass

Reviewed by Melanie Cutting Let me say right at the outset, I wish I’d written this book. Or, at least, I wish had the literary skills to have written this book.  It has really been a while since I found … Continue reading

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Andrew Sean Greer’s “Less”

Book review by Melanie Cutting In Record columnist Ross Murray’s recent annual roundup of books he has read over the preceding year, Less was given special mention as one he would definitely recommend. I agree, although my book club read … Continue reading

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The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Book review by Melanie Cutting British author Sarah Perry’s second book is an immensely, intensely satisfying read, containing all— or at least most of— the elements I look for in a novel:  just the right amount of action; genuine (as … Continue reading

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Precious Cargo by Craig Davidson

Reviewed by Melanie Cutting All children are special.  This is something we all know and appreciate, but some children are simply more special than others. In 2008, when aspiring author Craig Davidson was at a low point, emotionally and financially, … Continue reading

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Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

Book review by Melanie Cutting Asymmetry: The lack of symmetry or proportion between parts of a whole. Not having symmetry; inharmonious; not reconcilable. (The Living Webster Encyclopedic Dictionary of the English Language, 1977) This debut novel from American author Lisa … Continue reading

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Midwinter Break by Bernard Maclaverty

Review by Melanie Cutting   Midwinter Break, published in 2017, is a slim (243 page), beautifully crafted, often funny, and surprisingly affecting novel.  Author Bernard MacLaverty, 75, is a Northern Irish writer, presently living in Glasgow. He has written five … Continue reading

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Manhattan Beach By Jennifer Egan

Reviewed by Melanie Cutting Jennifer Egan is an American novelist and short story writer who won the Pulitzer Prize in 2011 with her book, A Visit from the Goon Squad.  This book also won the National Book Critics Circle Award … Continue reading

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Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Book review by Melanie Cutting The 2017 winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize is one heck of a strange book.  A first novel by well-known American short story writer Saunders, it is virtually uncategorizable, although probably the closest designation … Continue reading

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The Gustav Sonata, by Rose Tremaine

Book review by Melanie Cutting As I sit here, shawl around my shoulders and Afghan across my lap, rocking in my rocking chair and gazing over my granny glasses at the first real snowstorm of the winter, my thoughts turn … Continue reading

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