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The Joy of … Research

While thumbing through the Lonely Planet guide to Italy on my new Kindle, Donald found a reference to this book. From the Publishers Weekly review: ‘Colorful frescoes, metal objects or ceramics are shown in 114 illustrations (95 in color), divided … Continue reading

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Dear Penthouse

I’m currently reading The Arabian Nights, a fairly recent translation (1990) by Husain Haddawy. Over the last few years, I’ve tried to start reading some of the classics of Western literature. Assisting me in this attempt is the embarrassingly useful … Continue reading

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The Wheel of Time turns … and turns … and turns

I’m about two-thirds of the way through the latest installment (Book 12) of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. This is the first book of the series to have been finished by Brandon Sanderson after Jordan’s death. Sanderson has said … Continue reading

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Curse you, Robert Jordan!

(and your evil sidekick Brandon Sanderson) No time for blogging today; I spent too much time reading the latest installment in The Wheel of Time.

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Spanked by Heinlein

I recently finished reading Robert Heinlein’s 1956 novel Double Star. Unlike many of my writer and fan compatriots, I didn’t grow up reading Heinlein. I’m not sure I’d ever even heard of him until college. My child and young adult … Continue reading

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Top Five(-plus) Novels

A few months back, on the mailing list for my Clarion West class, someone started a thread asking people for their Top Five novels. I hesitated to contribute until it became clear that a lot of other people in the … Continue reading

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Is there such a thing as Christian horror?

I just finished reading the 2nd Edition of Coach’s Midnight Diner, an anthology of “hardboiled horror, crime, and paranormal fiction with a Christian slant”. I was mostly reading it because my boyfriend has a story in the anthology. But I’d … Continue reading

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