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Matthew Pearl: The Dante Club

Over the weekend, unable to put my hands on Dear Theo or To Kill a Mockingbird (there must be a box of books somewhere) and not quite up to committing to Song for Arbonne or Lions of Al-Rassan, I picked … Continue reading

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The Blazing Tree – Opium and Shakers

Don’t ask me exactly when, but I recently I read a find from a school fundraiser book sale: Mary Jo Adamson’s The Blazing Tree (Michael Merrick Mysteries). Now and then going on instinct pays off very well indeed. The novel … Continue reading

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Light fantasy, fluffy mystery

I just finally posted my review of GGK’s Under Heaven; after I read that I really wanted something light and fluffy. I landed on a book I found at Books & Co, Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk. It’s … Continue reading

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Guy Gavriel Kay: Under Heaven

Finally.  I finally set aside time to read Guy Gavriel Kay’s latest book, Under Heaven.  As I’ve said before, Kay’s books take preparation for me.  I can’t just, on a whim, pick one up and read it on the spur of … Continue reading

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Early review: The Devil Amongst the Lawyers

The Devil Amongst the Lawyers (Sharyn McCrumb) is the tale of a 1935 trial in Wise County, Virginia, which gains national attention because of two factors: the country (or the newspaper business, at least) is hungry for a new sensation … Continue reading

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I’ve fallen in love with Stephen King.

Never saw that coming. I don’t read horror novels; I don’t tolerate the whole genre well.  (I tried to watch some of Halloween H2O when it played at the theatre I was working in – I lasted four not particularly … Continue reading

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More Twelve Houses

Sharon Shinn’s Twelve Houses just keeps getting better as I read. It appears that the five books will each take place from the point of view of a different character, presumably one of the six who traveled together through the … Continue reading

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Alanna Morland

Continuing on with Sharon Shinn’s “Twelve Houses” … with a brief break. I admit it – on Saturday I felt like something quick and cheap and cheesy, and I remembered this book I had picked up at Books & Co: … Continue reading

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Sharon Shinn, Charles de Lint

“I think it’s a standalone novel”, she said. As a wise animation often said, “What a maroon.” After reading fantasy for all these years, I honestly thought that Mystic and Rider wasn’t part of at least a trilogy? *shakes head* … Continue reading

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Fantasy good, great, and indifferent

It seems like I’ve left a trail behind me of unfinished and reluctantly finished books lately.  It’s not that long a trail – it just feels like it.  Furies of Calderon I finished only because it was Jim Butcher, and … Continue reading

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