Monthly Archives: February 2017

BVC Announces Rebel Flight by Mindy Klasky

Rebel Flight Darkbeast Chronicles 1 by Mindy Klasky In the sheltered village of Silver Hollow, Keara knows exactly what is expected of her: Worship the twelve gods, pay the Primate his head tax, and follow her mother’s unreasonably strict rules. … Continue reading

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Grace in the Face Of

A few years ago I got to be a presenter at the Nebulas. Ask any writer of SF and they will tell you that it is generally better to be a nominee or–please God–a winner. But being a presenter is … Continue reading

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Hurrah! Ursula K. Le Guin Voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

Congratulations to Ursula K. Le Guin, who has been voted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The new inductees will be formally welcomed at a ceremony at the New York-based academy in May 2017. More information at SF … Continue reading

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All the Balls

These days, I’ve been feeling like I’m juggling lots of balls and I feel like I’m dropping just about everything. I’m not, but I am. I can look at the last two months (from the beginning of the year), and … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Marissa Doyle

Marissa Doyle

Writer Marissa Doyle joins Book View Cafe. Her first 2017 interview is at their blog. Continue reading

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Company: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This is one of the major pillars of the modern musical theater. It won six Tony awards in its day and though it’s getting on for fifty years old, it’s still able to speak to us. … Continue reading

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Glimpses of Everyday Life BC (before cameras)

Those who enjoy historical novels set a century or two ago encounter young ladies busy doing their fine sewing (white sewing was never seen by callers) and music and watercolors. But we rarely see examples of the first and last. … Continue reading

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Why do characters…#2: Why do characters lie?

  The Big Lie The Unreliable Narrator is a character who tells the reader a story which cannot be entirely trusted, or taken at face value. The narrator might be deliberately deceptive, or they may be telling a perfectly reasonable … Continue reading

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The News From 2Dits Farm: The Boiling Moon

The Moon of Boiling or the Sugar Moon, the time in March when the Native Americans made maple sugar, has come early this year. After a warmer, drier January than usual, we got as much snow in one week earlier … Continue reading

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Constructing the Golem

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

The legend of the golem varies according to the teller, but I will follow the version that tells how in a time of persecution a rabbi made a mighty giant out of mud, a golem, and wrote a sacred word on its forehead — “Truth” — that gave it life. With its frightening size and enormous strength, the golem was to defend and safeguard the Jews. But the golem was not rational, not controllable. It was a danger in itself. So the rabbi removed a single letter from the word on its forehead, which then read “Death,” and the life went out of the giant, leaving only mud. Continue reading

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