Reviewed for the Historical Novelist Society: “The Yankee Years: Books 1 – 3” by Dianne Ascroft


“The Yankee Years: Books 1 – 3” by Dianne Ascroft introduces Ruth Corey, a young woman in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in 1941, just as an American aircraft base is being secretly built in the area. Ruth’s boyfriend Harry is a journalist who seems to take a special interest in this secret endeavour. Her loyalties are tested when she realises that he might trade his knowledge about the plans, which could have huge repercussions for the course of the war.
The other two books in this omnibus edition deal with similar personal conflicts within the setting of WW2 in Northern Ireland.
Although published as three books, due to the length I’d describe this work more as three connected novellas or short stories.  The historical and political facts are plentiful and make for some informative and very rewarding reading experience, with excellent background research and attention to detail. I chose this…

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Are dictionaries relevant for specialists?

Neither translators nor term… are a dictionary. But they know how to use one (or several)


Having worked as a terminologist for some 11 years and witnessing some challenges subject-field specialists have in finding the desired information in a dictionary, it’s not surprising that I have decided to write about specialists and their relation to terminography.  I have also studied this topic in my Master’s dissertation (2012) which was about the general tendency of experts in using specialized dictionaries. It was my first attempt to write about this subject, but it wasn’t the first time observing the role of specialized dictionaries in the academic life of experts.

Based on my experience, it is not occasional that a specialist cannot find a specific term in a technical dictionary, or if it is found, the definition or the semantic relations provided may not be accurate enough. This simply results in further searching for the suitable meaning or some other terminological information by multiple checking and comparison among…

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#Bookreview ‘Tokyo Summer’ (A Shig Sato Novella) by Joseph Mark Brewer #amreading #crime

Today I’m reviewing ‘Tokyo Summer’ (A Shig Sato Novella) by Joseph Mark Brewer

Tokio Summer J.M.Brewer

Blurb (via Amaazon) :

It was classified as an overdose. Or was it?

Setsuko Usami, the wife of a top Bank of Japan economist, is found dead in her bathroom. The police report points to an accidental drug overdose. Government officials want to keep the death under wraps to avoid scandal. But when the toxicology report arrives, it points to murder.
Despite his independent streak and reputation for turning down promotions, the bureaucrats in government and at the Tokyo Police headquarters know there’s only one man for the job: Inspector Shig Sato. He re-opens the case and follows the clues. What he discovers is more shocking than any official can imagine.
Will Sato bend to the will of his superiors and keep the case quiet, or will Sato go the distance to catch a killer?
Because someone just might get away with murder.

Did I like it ?

Yup. Although, as it’s a novella it’s just not enough Shig Sato for my taste. It describes Sato’s last case before being transferred to security service for the royal household. And his beloved wife falling severly ill. It leaves enough open for another prequel. Which may or may not be necessary.

What I didn’t like ?

A novella at 136 pages is just not enough Shig Sato for  my taste.

Would I recommend it ?

If you, like me, love the Shig Sato serious. Yes, definitively. I wouldn’t use it as a starter to the Sato series. Books 1 and 2 are longer and much better, for my taste. But Sato is just good.

Read it, you’re not wasting your time. 17.5 out of 20 points on my scale