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Author Archives: Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.

Book Review: ‘The Smart One’ by Jennifer Close


While imperfect, this is an interesting family story regarding the dynamics of grown children interacting with each other and their parents while living at home. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Once Upon A Road Trip’ by Angela N. Blount


This uneven story has some interesting moments but is dangerously naive. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Shakespeare on Theatre’ by Nick de Somogy


This is a surprisingly lively and entertaining collection of Shakespeare's writings about theater in his plays, with commentary illuminating the business of the theater at the time. Read More »

Music Review: Various Artists – ‘A Celtic Christmas’ [Compiled by Marc Gunn]


This collection of Christmas songs from indie Celtic artists like Boston Blackthorne, Iona, and Heather Dale is bound to boost your spirit. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Contagion (Toxic City)’ by Tim Lebbon


The "Toxic City" series ends as strongly as it began. It is dark fantasy at its often violent and disturbing best. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Osiris Curse: A Tweed and Nightingale Adventure’ by Paul Crilley


This exciting steampunk adventure with its realistic and innocent touch of romance is a satisfying addition to a delightful series for young adults and older readers alike. Read More »

Music Review: Eric Clapton – ‘Give Me Strength: The ’74/’75 Recordings’ [6-Disc Box Set]


This set will be an excellent addition to any Clapton collection due to the many bonus tracks and the previously unreleased material as well as the excellently remastered studio albums. Read More »

Music Review: Alabama – ‘The Classic Christmas Album’


Alabama provides warm, joyful Christmas music that celebrates family and the simple joys of the season. Read More »

Book Review: ‘From Russia With Doubt: The Quest to Authenticate 181 Would-Be Masterpieces of the Russian Avant-Garde ‘ by Adam Lerner


A large cache of unauthenticated Russian Avant-Garde art triggers a hunt for their artists and origins. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘Doctor Who – The Tenth Planet’

The first appearance of the  Cybermen

Just in time to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who, BBC Home Entertainment has released the final story featuring William Hartnell as the first Doctor: The Tenth Planet. Read More »