Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Pillow Friend

My comments on Lisa Tuttle’s book The Pillow Friend are up at fanlit.  This book is exquisitely written, with the main character’s interiority deeply developed.  The first half of the book has a powerful sense of place.  The book suffers … Continue reading

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The Said Book Goes to a Party

The Said Book accompanied me to the writers’ group on Saturday.  It was the hit of the day.  I passed it around and various fellow writers observed it with awe, fear and contempt.  “I thought it was a myth,” M … Continue reading

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Spring-Heeled Jack is up on Fanlit

My review of The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack is posted at

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Fantasy Literature Nominated for an Award

Book Bloggers Appreciation Week has nominated Fantasy Literature for an award.  We are on  the “long list” at this point.  Our stalwart editing board is frantically reading through this year’s reviews to try to pick the best possible one as … Continue reading

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Fathom up at Fanlit

My older review of Fathom, by Cherie Priest, is up at fantasyliterature. My comments on Spring-Heeled Jack are also posted on the author page.  Go the Authors on the red menu bar, click and click on H to get to … Continue reading

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The Said Book

I shelled out $14 (eight for the book, six for shipping) to get my hands on JI Rodale’s evil grimoire, dedicated to the Dark Elder Gods of Bathos—The Said Book. You may not have heard of JI Rodale, but he … Continue reading

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Apple Days

My hometown is in the heart of Gravenstein apple country.  Gravensteins are, hands down, the best baking apple.  They enjoyed a long golden age of popularity until the Granny Smith apple, which traveled better, replaced them.  Many of the local … Continue reading

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The Big What-If

(Warning; Spoilers. I have listed the biggest of them in Comments, but there may be others. Read at your own risk.)  Last week I read two books. One was the popular and much-hyped Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack by Mark … Continue reading

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My review of John Connolly’s supernatural thriller The Whisperers is posted at  I wrote this so long ago I had forgotten about it!

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Beauty in a Small Package: The Oracle of Stamboul

Imagine that you are holding a jewelry box.  It is small; it fits in your palm.  The mother-of-pearl lid glimmers with the radiance of a new moon in the summer night sky.  Along the sides, the carvings remind you of … Continue reading

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