Category Archives: Books and Reading

I Love Romantic Suspense

I was barely thirteen when I first read Mary Stewart’s Madam Will You Talk. It set the bar high for romantic suspense for me—and all these years later, it still works. Romantic suspense has what for me is a perfect blend … Continue reading

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Moore and Nagata Books in SFWA SF Storybundle

Tech Heaven

Linda Nagata’s Tech-Heaven and Nancy Jane Moore’s The Weave are both included in the SFWA Science Fiction storybundle. This storybundle was curated by SFWA President Cat Rambo and features a dozen science fiction ebooks. Tech-Heaven was published by Mythic Island … Continue reading

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Recommended: Summit by Harry Farthing

I loved this novel. Summit is what I like to call a literary thriller — adventure, conflict, brave deeds, beautifully written, filled with philosophy and politics, and not formulaic. It’s the debut effort of Harry Farthing who, from his website, … Continue reading

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Deep Dive Reading

  “Ugh! If it’s classic is has to be bad!” So many times I see people saying that they hated this or that book when they read it in school, or that the book was for ever ruined for them … Continue reading

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Recommended: Darktown

Thomas Mullen is the author of Darktown, a novel set in Atlanta shortly after World War II, in a time when black police officers were first allowed to work in the Atlanta Police Department. Darktown succeeds on multiple levels. First, … Continue reading

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There’s a Bimbo on the Cover: Verses 9 & 10: Awards and Remainders
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Verse 9: Nebulous Well, my book won the Nebula award. Yes, my book won the Nebula award. Still it ended in remainders, ripped and torn by perfect strangers, but my book won the Nebula award. First, let me make it … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the Hugo Nominees!

Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. Le Guin

2017 Hugo Nominees include Ursula K. Le Guin’s Words Are My Matter. Continue reading

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Artificial Intelligence Storybundle

BVC member Linda Nagata is part of the latest science fiction Storybundle. Storybundles are themed collections of ebooks, sold together at discount, and available only for a very short period of time. Lisa Mason — author of the Philip K. … Continue reading

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Recommended Audiobook:
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The full title of Trevor Noah’s childhood memoir is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. I picked this audiobook because it had been named a best book of the year by several publications, and because the sample … 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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