Category Archives: 2022 Book Reviews

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 100: Bag of Bones by Stephen King

Bag of Bones is the story of Mike Noonan, a bestselling novelist with a great life until his wife dies in an accident near their Western Maine summer home. From that accident, Mike’s life is turned upside down and inside out. Because of that event, Mike gets writers block, discovers their summer home is haunted… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 99: Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus

Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus tells the story of Jamaican agent Desmond Coke and his companion, Lij Tafari. They are on the run and Desmond wants the boy to have a normal life, but it seems unlikely because of those who want to capture Lij for nefarious reasons. This alternate history tale has the United… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 10: The Cookout by Jacqueline Turner Banks

A stepfather-stepdaughter relationship can be challenging, especially when the stepdaughter is coming into her own. The Cookout by Jacqueline Turner Banks, a short story published in Shades of Black: Crime & Mystery Stories by African-American Writers, makes a convincing case for that kind of relationship. The story opens with Stacey Barron’s mother, Frances, leaving on… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 9: The Storyteller by Rafik Schami

“Good storytellers are like good wine—the older the better!” The aforementioned sentence came from the last paragraph of The Storyteller by Rafik Schami.  This short story was taken from his novel, Damascus Nights and reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror: Seventh Annual Collection published in September 1994. I’ve been reading from various anthologies… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 8: Recitatif by Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison is one of those authors I have admired and respected but not loved her fiction. I have read Song of Solomon, Jazz, & Paradise of her work. Song of Solomon is my favorite but my feelings as a reader on a storytelling level have been lukewarm at best. However, this short story (the… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 7: What People Leave Behind by Kristine Kathryn Rusch

My reading excursion into short stories continues with an excellent whodunit story set in a suburban Oregon town where a single mother who owns a housecleaning business of foreclosure homes ends up on the wrong end of a home explosion. What People Leave Behind by Kristine Kathryn Rusch told the story of how Detective Andrea… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 98: Aura by Carlos Fuentes

Carlos Fuentes is a writer that I have wanted to read for a long time.  I have seen his books, The Old Gringo & The Death of Artemio Cruz, in used bookstores for years.  I have always meant to get one of those books, but never did.  However, I read an online review about Aura last week… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Review 97: The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djeli Clark is a fantasy novella set in an alternate early 20th century Cairo, where the world of djinn and other supernatural beings has made Egypt a world super-power, and two Agents of the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments, and Supernatural Entities — a seasoned agent Hamed and… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 6: Ceiling by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been a writer that I’ve wanted to read for quite some time.  I’ve had her novel, Americanah, in my Kindle library since 2020.  Moreover, I have seen her other books like Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus, & We Should All Be Feminists on my social media feeds for just… Continue Reading

Wisdom From Kammbia Story Review 5: Galapago by Kali Fajardo-Anstine

  I have stated recently that I’m reading more short stories as a part of my reading life. As much as I love reading novels, I’m appreciating the short story on its own terms. Last year, I read an excellent short story collection, Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine. My favorite story of the entire… Continue Reading