Foreword Reviews

Mari Carlson, Book Reviewer

When not reading fiction and writing reviews, Mari is probably practicing violin or teaching lessons or playing a gig. She enjoys the local literary and music scenes in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Book Review

The Storytellers

by Mari Carlson

Featuring an unrelenting search for more knowledge, regardless of the cost, "The Storytellers" is a vibrant, ghostly historical novel. In 1877, a year after the Battle of Little Bighorn, a team of soldiers and assistants returned to the... Read More

Book Review

A Limey at Gettysburg

by Mari Carlson

"A Limey at Gettysburg" is a sweet historical story told against the backdrop of an agonizing war. In Eric Dennison and Robert Mitchell’s historical novel, "A Limey at Gettysburg", a carefree Brit with a weakness for women finds... Read More

Book Review

Arcade of Memory

by Mari Carlson

"Arcade of Memory" is an in-depth literary collection in which beautiful places and thoughtful personalities, past and present, are engaged. Howard Giskin’s bountiful collection "Arcade of Memory" gathers essays, poems, and short... Read More

Book Review

Gary Gatlin

by Mari Carlson

Gary Gatlin: Reluctant Hero is a historical novel whose wholesome demeanor and nostalgic wartime spirit are delightful. In Carl F. Haupt’s historical novel Gary Gatlin: Reluctant Hero, a Utah farm boy is caught up in South Pacific... Read More

Book Review

Pigs

by Mari Carlson

Six giant pigs, four kids, and a gang of adults on a magical island maintain a tenuous balance of power until two castaways show up in Johanna Stoberock’s probing literary novel, "Pigs". Every day, Luisa, Andrew, Mimi, and Natasha feed... Read More

Book Review

Return to Spinner's Inlet

by Mari Carlson

Don Hunter’s short story collection Return to Spinner’s Inlet, about life on an island in British Columbia, celebrates what holds people together. Though these are lighthearted stories, the collection begins and ends with funerals,... Read More

Book Review

Gabriel’s Storm

by Mari Carlson

"Gabriel’s Storm" is a thoughtful coming-of-age story deftly set around a captivating crime plot. In Diego Hojraj’s "Gabriel’s Storm", a deadly revenge plot leads to deeper struggles for a gang of outsider teens. It’s 1983,... Read More

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