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Urban Crow Oracle Cards

I ordered two sets of the Urban Crow Oracle Deck because I was wowed by the artwork and the color palette. (Still waiting on the second deck, which is for a friend.) Anyway, I love these vivid cards, which feature … Continue reading

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Deception, by Selena Montgomery

Selena Montgomery is a successful romance novelist with eight romance novels to her credit. Romance is not my go-to genre, but since Selena Montgomery is the pseudonym of Stacey Abrams, I had to buy one. I wanted to buy several, … Continue reading

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The Books we Got for Christmas, 2020

Books are our usual gifts to each other, and this year was no different. From nonfiction to fantasy, here’s how our gifts ran: Spouse Got: American Sphinx, less a biography (or hagiography) of Thomas Jefferson, and more analysis, according to … Continue reading

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Flanders Sky: Could Not Finish

Fifty pages from the end of Flanders Sky, by Nicolas Freeling, I closed it and put it down. I will never know who murdered Iris. I will never know if her sexual-harasser, rape-fantasist husband will face just desserts, if not … Continue reading

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Squeeze Me and Topo Chico; a Perfect Pairing

Writing friend Donna Banta introduced me to two good things; Squeeze Me, by Carl Hiaasen, and Topo Chico, a sparkling water from Mexico that is currently having a moment. Hiaasen’s latest propulsive, bananas-crazy acid-dripping satirical Floridian outing takes place in … Continue reading

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Some Books

The Great Sequestration let us all get caught up on our reading, right? In my case, I often couldn’t concentrate to read, a situation I’ve never faced before. That issue has faded lately. I thought I’d share a few I’ve … Continue reading

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With the Fire On High

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo is not the kind of YA book I normally read. It’s general fiction, not SF or fantasy. There is magic in it, but it is part of main character’s life and culture, … Continue reading

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In Which Marion Does a Bad Thing

I did a bad thing, and I still feel the effects of it hours later. I hope I bounce back, but this may have traumatized me for life. (Trigger warning for icky sexual material.) You know how in horror movies … Continue reading

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Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

I recently posted a review of a book by Quentin Bates in which I lamented the fact that the writer did not choose to immerse us in his setting (Iceland). At the other end of the immersion continuum is Ann … Continue reading

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Frozen Out: it Left Me Cold

Quentin Bates is a British writer who has written a mystery series set in Iceland. Bates lived in Iceland for ten years during the 80s/90s, and he and his wife live there part time now. He has translated several Icelandic … Continue reading

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