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Claire DeWitt and the Bohemian Highway; Tasty but Fails to Satisfy

A while ago I read Claire DeWitt and the City of the Dead. It was a new experience for me; far from a standard detective story. Although it is set completely in this world, it felt a little like reading New … Continue reading

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The Book You Have to Read

 (Fair Warning: Despite my title, if you are someone who is terrified you’re going to get Ebola, don’t read this book yet.) Station Eleven, by Emily St John Mandel, is a book you need to read. In a market cluttered … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Reading

The streak of excellent books is continuing, more or less, and I feel very blessed.  Here’s a sampler: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell. Mitchell, of Cloud Atlas fame, has delivered once again, a stunning literary fantasy about time, personal … Continue reading

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A Great Reading Streak

Most of my book reviewing has been over on Fantasy Literature lately, but I want to take a moment and talk about the amazing streak of really good reading I’ve been doing. Perhaps Scott Hutchins’s A Working Theory of Love … Continue reading

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I Should Get a Lollipop

I finished all three books in Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy; Mistborn, The Well of Ascension, The Hero of Ages. I think I should get a lollipop, or a ribbon that says, “I Did It!” I did a quick and dirty … Continue reading

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Doubletake; Fun Adventure, Just Not For Me [Update: 8/15/14]

[UPDATE: Those of you who already read this; remember my testosterone comments? I stand by those, but I want to note that Rob Thurman is female. I didn’t know that! I guess this proves women can write annoyingly gritty as … Continue reading

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A Working Theory of Love, by Scott Hutchins

I take the novel workshop every time I go to the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference. Before it starts, I try to read a book by the instructor, so I can decide whether he or she has the chops to teach … Continue reading

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Here’s One Reason I Enjoy a Lee Child Book

I know I go on about Lee Childs and his fictional almost-super-hero character, Ramblin’ Man Jack Reacher. His plots go from implausible at best to outright ridiculous, and I don’t care. They are warm popcorn, coated in fresh melted butter, … Continue reading

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The Great Glass Sea; a Russian Novel Written by an American

I am recommending this book to a lot of people; The Great Glass Sea, by Josh Weil. It came out earlier this month, and it’s published by Grove Atlantic; available on Kindle as well as in paper. My experience with … Continue reading

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3 Capsule Reviews

A few capsule reviews of works I’ve read recently. Annihilation by Jeff Vendermeer: The master of mycology, the aficionado of fungus, the wallah of weird is back with Part One of his new trilogy. Vandermeer is not the King of … Continue reading

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