REVIEW: “Disrobed: How Clothing Predicts Economic Cycles, Saves Lives, and Determines the Future” by Syl Tang

Disrobed: How Clothing Predicts Economic Cycles, Saves Lives, and Determines the Future, by Syl Tang Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Copyright September 2017 978-1442270992, Hardcover, 182 Pages A rather well-executed book which examines the convergence between the fashion industry, clothing consumption and related trends with monumental concepts of politics, environmentalism, technology, and global issues, to that of legal entanglements…

REVIEW: “The Crows of Beara” by Julie Christine Johnson

The Crows of Beara, by Julie Christine Johnson Ashland Creek Press, Copyright September 2017 978-1618220479, Paperback, 402 Pages An eclectic blend of themes of environmentalism, human vulnerability and spirituality, this novel consists of one part romance intertwined with alcoholism and its germination and consequences, and one part the politics of copper mining in venerated environments. This narrative cruises…

REVIEW: “Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag” (Book 6) by Oliver Bowden

Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag (Book 6), by Oliver Bowden Ace, Copyright December 2013 978-0425262962, Paperback, 464 Pages Fastidiously written, entertaining, and with an ending more subtle than dramatic, this novel is based on the videogame Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, and is the sixth installment in the Assassin’s Creed book series. Written from the point of view of…

REVIEW: “The Fold: A Novel” by Peter Clines

The Fold: A Novel, by Peter Clines Broadway Books, Copyright March 2016 978-0553447477, Paperback, 384 Pages An exceptionally satisfying read that reminded me of the remarkable joys of reading. Ingeniously weaved into the narrative were themes of the subversion of time and space, instability of reality and identity, and the confusion of consciousness and awareness; these themes necessitated…

REVIEW: “Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken” (Book 5) by Oliver Bowden

Assassin’s Creed: Forsaken (Book 5), by Oliver Bowden Ace, Copyright December 2012 978-0425261514, Paperback, 464 Pages An extraordinarily meaningful narrative rounded off with an exquisite touch of irony, and executed with an excellence that appeared to transcend that of its predecessors in the Assassin’s Creed book series. The ending to this novel, perfectly engineered and complete with an…

REVIEW: “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” (Book 4) by Oliver Bowden

Assassin’s Creed: Revelations (Book 4), by Oliver Bowden Ace, Copyright November 2011 978-1937007423, Paperback, 512 Pages Another installment of the interminable Assassin-Templar conflict, and a remarkably fun narrative of purposeful voyages, intriguing puzzles, engrossing political sequences, and a curiously satisfying trace of the philosophical. This narrative featured a moderately thrilling climactic action, and a rather emotive and depressing…

REVIEW: “Assassin’s Creed: the Secret Crusade” (Book 3) by Oliver Bowden

Assassin’s Creed: the Secret Crusade (Book 3), by Oliver Bowden Ace, Copyright June 2011 978-0441020997, Paperback, 464 Pages A marvelous work of fiction, an excellent extension to the Assassin’s Creed book series, and a faithful rendition of the Assassin’s Creed videogame. This narrative is exquisitely rife with betrayal, the theme richly fleshed out in the plot. Climactic sequences…

REVIEW: “Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance” by Oliver Bowden

Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance, by Oliver Bowden Ace, Copyright February 2010 978-0441019298, Paperback, 496 Pages A phenomenally entertaining and engrossing read culminating in a stunningly jaw-dropping and affecting climax and ending. This is a profound narrative of valor, duty, loyalty and resilience set in a captivating world spotlighting the antagonistic factions of the Templars and the Assassins, and which…

REVIEW: “Strange Contagion: Inside the Surprising Science of Infectious Behaviors and Viral Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves” by Lee Daniel Kravetz

Strange Contagion: Inside the Surprising Science of Infectious Behaviors and Viral Emotions and What They Tell Us About Ourselves, by Lee Daniel Kravetz Harper Wave, Copyright June 27, 2017 978-0062448934, Hardcover, 288 Pages This book is delightfully entertaining and educational. The author conscientiously charts his steadily progressive intellectual quest in researching and deciphering the significance of the phenomena…