Review of L’amore rubato by Dacia Maraini
Book reviews , Books in Italian / October 16, 2018

If you are looking for books in Italian, I advise that you read L’amore rubato by Dacia Maraini. I read this book recently, because as an Italian book lover, I need to read and review books in Italian, sometimes. L’amore rubato (The Stolen Love in English) is a collection of tales written by the most famous living Italian novelist in the world, namely: Dacia Maraini. Currently there is no translation into other languages, and not even into English about the book. Hence, I think that L’amore rubato by Dacia Maraini can be helpful to learn Italian, if you are in an advanced stage of Italian language learning. If you have problems to understand the most complex sentences in Italian, you may always use the automatic translation of Kindle. About this Italian book and its novelist, I can say that Dacia Maraini is a convinced feminist who fought hard to defend the human rights of women. In this collection of impressive tales, the Italian author brings in front of our eyes all of the grief and scream of women abused, killed and raped by those who should love them the most: their husbands, friends, and partners, namely: their men! The book…

Review the Missing Girl by Jenny Quintana
Book reviews , Fiction / September 12, 2018

The Missing Girl is the debut novel by Jenny Quintana. The Kindle edition of this mystery thriller has been released on September 1, 2018, while the paperback will be available on September 20, 2018. And yet, the book is already a best seller  regarded as the most addictive mystery novel of the year. How it was possible? Read my review to discover it. The Missing Girl is unusually and fully different from other mystery novels. The plot tells about a girl missed over thirty years ago, Gabriella, and her sister Anna, who is unable to forget this shocking missing. It was 1982 when Gabriella missed from her town. She never came back home from the school. The two sisters, Anna and Gabriella, felt a deep affection each other. Their relationship was full of attention and caring. The world of Anna falls apart after the missing of her sister and the author has described this emotion very well. The novel shows all of the whole grief of the loss, as it can happen in every family. But Anna’s family is not like the others. What is obvious for the other families of the village, is not the same for her family….

Review of Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis
Book reviews , Fiction / July 23, 2018

Invisible by James Patterson and David Ellis is a novel with the same style of the Tv series called Criminal Minds. That is a mystery thriller that I read with no real interest at first. The mystery is not my favourite genre, but as soon as I read and browsed the first page, I have been forced to change my mind. Here is why you should read my review about Invisible . Let’s start from the plot. Invisible is set in the US, where an arsonist sets, strange fires arranged as if they were blasted by chance. The fires made many victims. Among them, there is also Marta, the Twin sister of FBI analyst Emmy Dockery. She is obsessed with finding the killer who burned the sister, but everybody thinks she is crazy, excluding her ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison Bookman, named Books. He believes that there is a connection among murders, rapes and fires spread everywhere in the Country. He is right. There is a dangerous serial killer in the US. He is Winston Graham, an unmarried, lonely man with no woman, friends and children, living in a secluded farm, far away from the city. He chats with a woman,…

Review Sleeping Beauties Stephen and Owen King
Book reviews , Horror / May 28, 2018

Sleeping Beauties is the title of one of the latest novels by Stephen King. Here is my review about the novel. In reality, the book has been written along with Owen, the son of Stephen King. I must admit that I noticed that the book has been written by four hands. This is the plot. A day, in a village called Aurora, women get affected from a strange flu. It occurs with strange symptoms and fluffy wires that wrap women from the head to the feet, while they are sleeping. Nobody must try to wake them, because the one which could be seen is not a woman, but a sort of alien, with red eyes and a supernatural aggressiveness. During this stage, the awakened women can also kill any person, even their own baby, husband or pet. The strange flu affects women in the prison of the town. In this place, we can find several figures, the drug or alcohol addicted woman, up to the one who killed her abusive partner. In a gloomy and scary landscape, the two authors tell about a female world made of suffering, good and evil. The prison of the village is managed by the…

Review of The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
Best sellers , Book reviews / March 21, 2018

This book made me come to my mind the following quote: it is easier breaking atoms than prejudices. This quote was said by Albert Einstein many years ago, but matches perfectly with the sharp meaning of this novel titled The Underground Railroad. The author is Colson Whitehead, namely the winner of Pulitzer prize and National Book Award 2017. His novel has been the only book to win these prizes during the past twenty years. If you are a new author,  I  guess you are wondering: why my colleague has won these prizes and I didn’t? The reply is in my book review. Read it, whether you are a book lover or an aspiring novelist. The novel tells about the story of a black woman, Cora, enslaved in the cotton farms in the US, during the XIX century. Cora was born on this plantation and is a black slave like her parents, siblings and friends. They endure inhuman job conditions and inhuman treatments by their masters. If they try escaping, they are severely punished or, rather, hanged on the trees like a warning for other slaves. Yes, this is the appalling literary description of the age of black slavery in the…

Review of Munich by Robert Harris
Book reviews , Fiction / March 8, 2018

This book is the brightest example about how a traditionally published author may become famous internationally. Even though this is not my favourite genre, I must admit that the book is perfect. Both in the plot and in the written language. I never read a book written in a so perfect English. Hence, about this, there are two options: or the author has a great writing talent or the editor of the traditional publisher did a great editing work. However, Robert Harris is a famous British novelist who wrote other successful novels. Due to the fact I am Italian, I don’t know much about this novelist, except that I have read the UK edition of the book whose cover summarizes the creepy and murky environment of the plot. I also know Robert Harris has written the bestseller Fatherland and the Cicero trilogy. According to The Guardian and The New York Times, Robert Harris is a real spy novel star. I don’t know even about this, but I am sure of having read a good historical novel written as a fictional story. The novel brings the early stages of the Second World War to live, but above all, it brings the…

Review The Solitude of Prime Numbers Paolo Giordano
Book reviews , Books in Italian , Fiction / February 1, 2018

Here I am with a new book review to push readers to defeat the digital alienation. That is a review about a book written in the Italian language, by Italian author Paolo Giordano. When it was released, in 2008, the book was a real best seller. It was titled La solitudine dei numeri primi. It was translated into English in 2011 with the title” The Solitude of Prime Numbers”. That is a novel about two children (first), two teens (during) and two adults (after). They are Alice and Mattia, two Italian students who endure painful vicissitudes in their lifetime, especially when they were children. Alice has been forced by her father to ski along the Italian mountains. She hates ski and a day has a severe accident that injures one of her legs. The accident causes her to limp forever. Mattia, instead, is a very clever boy, rather, a genius of mathematics. He has a disabled twin, Michela, she was born with a severe brain disease who causes her to be mentally retarded. As you can see, the first emotional impact, that made the novel an international best-seller , has been the contrast between the two twins Mattia and Michela….

Review of Esme’s Wish by Elizabeth Foster
Book reviews , Children's books / January 8, 2018

This is not the usual magic tale for teens, but a very interesting novel, which deepens the affective relationships between parents and their children. Through a fantasy story, the novel pushes readers to wonder what they would do if their mother had suddenly disappeared during a sea trip. Why yes, this is the plot of a novel focused on the disappearing of a mother, Ariane, and the troubles of her little daughter Esme. In the book, Esme is a fifteen year old girl who is witnessing the new wedding between her father Aaron and her new stepmother Penelope. Unfortunately, Esme has been unable to overcome her mother’s disappearing, maybe drowned at sea seven years ago. That is why the girl begins to have strange dreams and nightmares . I enjoyed the description of these dreams very much, because they proved the great talent of this Australian author. Only one like Elizabeth Foster could write wonderful descriptions about other and strange underwater worlds, the same world where Esme lands as he searches for the truth about the disappearing of her loved mother. One day, while Esme is swimming in the same fabulous waters where in the past she went along with…

Review of Collected Bible Studies For Christians Like You by Dr. Derek P. Blake
Book reviews , Religion books / December 18, 2017

This is not the usual religion book based on the usual and unintelligible Bible studies, but a real study about the real nature of God and the real purpose of our life. This mesmerizing and enthralling book is titled Collected Bible Studies For Christians Like You and has been written by UK author Dr. Derek P. Blake, a member the Christians Like Me Community. The Bible studies reported by the author resulted from an idea of Pastor Rolf Anderson, who also is the administrator of the website of the above mentioned community. Well, what you would think if I said to you that what you heard during other Christian lesson is incorrect? Through this plain and respectful explanation of Bible verses (both of the Old and New Testament), the author retraces the most meaningful and comprehensive stages of our religious education to bring us to discover forgotten truths and a new light in our life. He starts just from the Creation. From this beginning, the book shows how God really is : a powerful energy that has been existing since always over the rules of time and space. Everybody thinks of God as a dissolving and a supernatural creature that…