Monthly Archives: November 2015

Tales From Mockingbird

There’s a special quality to retail over the Thanksgiving weekend. Some might call it desperation. I’m very glad I don’t work in a big store or at a mall; it would be hellish. Small local businesses like clothing stores or … Continue reading

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Thirteen Things I’m Thankful For; 2015 Edition

1–I’m thankful for my feet. They aren’t special, or especially pretty, but they’re always there for me. I walk, although not as much as I could, and when I’m at the bookstore I’m usually on my feet. They put up … Continue reading

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Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith

Career of Evil is the third Cormoran Strike novel by Robert Galbraith. That’s the pen-name J.K. Rowling uses for her murder mystery series. Career of Evil is a dark book, darker even than the second novel, The Silkworm. Galbraith takes … Continue reading

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Critters I Can Do Without; a Discussion of Urban Fantasy

I read a lot of a fantasy subgenre called Urban Fantasy. Although the name implies that these tales take place in metropolitan areas (and many of them do) the real hallmark of a UF book is that is it set … Continue reading

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“My Mother, Dancing” by Nancy Kress

Hugo and Nebula award winning writer Nancy Kress just published a story collection with Subterranean Press. It’s called The Best of Nancy Kress. My review of the whole book is available here. (And a plug, ordering the book via FanLit’s … Continue reading

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Second Site

Mockingbird Books now has a second store, in Guerneville, in the space that Twice Told Book occupied for decades. The address is 14045 Armstrong Woods Road. Shannon, who owned Twice Told Books and brought it into local prominence during the … Continue reading

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The Throne of the Slacker Despot

(This is original fiction. You are welcome to link to it. If you quote it or cite it, give me credit. Marion) “Our roads are rutted. The books in the university library are older than us! There’s still no bridge … Continue reading

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The Magician’s Lie by Greer MacAllister

The Magician’s Lie opens in 1905 Iowa. In the early pages, two off-duty policeman watch a woman illusionist chop a man in half onstage. The trick is gory and breath-taking, but after the show ends, they find a body killed … Continue reading

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