Articles by Rebecca Skane

Rebecca Skane is the editor-in-chief for the Portsmouth Review. She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree from Lawrence University in Wisconsin and resides in Ashland, NH with her two children. She is the founder of The Portsmouth Book Club which boasts over 1,000 members. She also doubles as a professional escapist. Her genres are scifi and fantasy, both adult and young adult - but she often reads outside of her preferred genres. You can follow her on GoodReads. Aside from her love of good books, she is a professional website developer, content editor, and SEO expert. You can visit her web design and development site at

Washington Black Book Review

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Book Review

Washington Black is a book of many things, except for the expected. Its outward appearance is that of a great adventure and a few quests, following the footsteps of a tenderly young escaped slave. But Esi Edugyan weaves a tale that goes much deeper to depict the basic underlying egotism and human desires that drive…

The Tattooist of Auschwitz Book Review

The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Book Review

The Tattooist of Auschwitz is based on a true story, a story told from the Tattooist to the author. While much is real and true and even corroborated, fiction has been mingled. Therefore, while your heart is set on pure and perfect truth, you must, as a reader, be aware that this is still historical…

NH Ice Castles

New Hampshire Ice Castles

I have been meaning to visit the Ice Castles for several years! Every winter I would think – THIS is the winter I would make the trek. And every year I would miss it. Not this time. I was determined to bring the kids and take some fun pictures of these spectacular, man-made ice castles….

Dolores Claiborne Book Review

Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King Book Review

Dolores Claiborne is a haunting novel, but not in the way you might expect given the author is the great King. Aside from a brief ghostly encounter, the story doesn’t revolve around supernatural phenomena or evil beings. This is the story of a hardened island woman off the coast of Maine and what she had…

Fragments Within Time by Steven Maimes

Local Author New Release: Fragments Within Time

Local New Hampshire author Steven Maimes has released his new anthology Fragments Within Time. Description   This small book contains 240 short and concise writings on such topics as meaning, reality, imagination, and time. It presents ideas and insights to be mulled over and thought upon. These fragments are both philosophical and literary. As philosophical,…

The Book of Origins by Lawrence Millman

Local Author New Release: The Book of Origins

Lawrence Millman is a local New England author from Cambridge, MA. His latest release is a satirical short story collection featuring pop culture icons and other players from history, fiction, and theology. Description: Lawrence Millman’s The Book of Origins is a rattle-your-brains collection of tales in the tradition of George Carlin, Jonathan Swift, and Italo…

A Fire Upon the Deep Book Review

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge Book Review

A Fire Upon the Deep is the first book in the Zones of Thought series, a triumphant science-fiction masterpiece that forever marked Vernor Vinger as a leader in space operas. It’s an older book that was pushed upon me by several fellow lovers of science fiction and now that I’ve read it, I feel like…

Queenie by LC Van Savage

Local Author New Release: Queenie by LC Van Savage

Local Brunswick, Maine TV host, radio broadcaster, and author LC Van Savage debuts a new young adult romance with a princess to pauper theme. Queenie  by LC Van Savage BeachHouse Books Paperback 388 pp Description: Queenie ( Science and Humanities Press/ Beach House Books) is a compelling semi-autobiographical page-turner about first love, heartbreak, betrayal and personal…

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