Category Archives: Books and Reading

The Tenure of Books

Sometimes I get a sudden urge to go back and run a finger down my bookshelves and remember books – why I got them, why I loved them, why I still own some (but not others), what it is that … Continue reading

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Bookbinding and the Working Woman

This was originally published in March on the blog of the American Bookbinders Museum, where I’m Operations Manager. One of the many things I like about my job is the opportunity to learn new things. And as it turns out, … Continue reading

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Sense of Wonder

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So I was reading for review a recent publication of Christian Fantasy and Science Fiction. I realize that a great many (if not most) of the people I know in the sf/f world roll their eyes out of their heads … Continue reading

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Formative books

There are many lists of “gotta read” books on the Internet. At least some of them start from the idea of the “formative” books of one’s life, the ones that changed the way you saw the world, that changed the … Continue reading

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Another Song of Ice and Fire

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I’m in another Storybundle from now through September 8th, and as part of the fun (because these are very communal experiences), we’ve all been interviewing each other about our books and our theme, which is Weird West. For those who … Continue reading

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End of Summer: Comfort Reads

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“Oh, that’s my comfort read!” “I’m in the need for a comfort read.” “I have to confess, all I can read right now are my guilty pleasure books—you know, for comfort.” I’ve been seeing that around a lot these days, … Continue reading

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An Introduction to Indigo Animal

There are many ways to tell a story and I have been mesmerized by every form I’ve come across. I get lost in novels, caught up in radio plays, sit transfixed before storytellers, am moved by plays, binge-watch television series, … Continue reading

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I’ve got your back: longterm relationships in genre

Last Sunday, Steven Popkes talked about rewatching three old films. Briefly, he discusses how, viewed as an adult, the Thin Man films and His Girl Friday hold up, while the famous It Happened That Night, starring Clark Gable and Claudette … Continue reading

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Goths, Poe, and Canyon Road: A Masquerade of Muertos by Patrice Greenwood

A Masquerade of Muertos by Patrice Greenwood

Halloween in Santa Fe means sugar skulls, pan de muerto, and a Goth Masquerade at the Wisteria Tearoom. Fans of Edgar Allen Poe will especially enjoy Patrice Greenwood’s latest mystery. Despite her desire to make the Wisteria Tearoom a haven … Continue reading

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The Ghosts that Talk

Ghosts in history first rose to my notice with Jaime Lee Moyer’s atmospheric, tense series beginning with Delia’s Shadow , set in San Francisco toward the end of World War I. This period coincides with the height of the Spiritualism … Continue reading

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