Category Archives: Books and Reading

The Building Blocks of Storytelling: Gossip

When I was a teacher, I took the part of the stern moralist when dealing with gossip—easy to do when kids were being hurtful, but harder to maintain when they weren’t. The writer part of me found their daily dramas … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – Oct 22, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.   To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   … Continue reading


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Consideration of Works Past: The Fittest

(Picture from here.) I’d pretty much given up on this one. It was one of those stories where you remember bits and pieces but can’t recall the title or author. I’d put up phrases I remembered and got nothing. Then … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday — 10-15-2014

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. by Brenda W. Clough • What did you recently finish reading? I am still deep in the throes of reading for research. To this end I have plowed through the two Dover … Continue reading


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Wonder

Someone recently said that wonder dies with the young. My first reaction was resistance, but I could not articulate why, other than that I don’t wanna think of the world as something that can no longer afford wonder. It’s certainly … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – October 8, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   • … Continue reading


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World is Doomed! Teens Read Trash, News at 11.

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This summer, Salon featured an article wherein an adult reader takes to task other adults who like books written for young readers. This caused a spinoff furor that included the time-honored cane thumping about the garbage teens are reading, and how … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – September 24, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.     • What are you currently reading? Sorcerer’s Feud, by Katharine Kerr. Thoroughly enjoyable tale set in San Francisco with magic, runes, shape changers, and a fascinating twist on vampirism. Memoirs of … Continue reading


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Consideration of Works Past: Farnham’s Freehold

(Picture from Farnham’s Freehold for a while now. There is a whole lot of controversy on that book. While race showed up regularly in his work, FF was the only book where he attempted to actually confront it. There was … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday 9-17-2014

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? I just finished Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson. David Lean’s classic movie … Continue reading


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