Category Archives: Books and Reading

Why Don’t More People Read?: Part 3 of The Business of Books

Right now, approximately 70 million people in North America (US, Canada, Mexico) regularly buy and read books. “Regularly” is defined as buying and reading at least one book a month. This is frequently described in popular media as “nobody reads any … Continue reading

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Southern “Heritage” Should be Gone — With the Wind!

I read Gone With the Wind as a teenager in the 1960s. At the time I read it, I was already a strong supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, having been raised to condemn the racism I saw around me … Continue reading

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Runaways, sex, and Greek mythology: DANNY by Steven Harper

  I have a tough time reading books with horrific real life problems mixed with fantasy; too often the fantasy boils down to wish fulfillment, with an undertone of “I was given mega-powers because I was a mega-victim.” I should … Continue reading

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Silver Fork Novels and Romance

In my own particular mental map of the modern novel’s river, the watershed is Jane Austen. Her books were romantic, but she was not writing romance as it was soon understood. Within a very few years after her death one … Continue reading

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A Little Etiquette, a Little Incense, a Little Edge

I think I was 13 when I discovered, more or less all at once, Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, Jane Aiken Hodge, and “romantic suspense,” a broad category that included different sorts of books but generally featured a woman in a diaphanous gown, … Continue reading

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Writing Full-Time versus a Day Job

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The Rambling Writer quits teaching—well, almost…. I knew from an early age that I would be a writer. I wrote my first (illustrated) science fiction story at six, and when my Grandma Sara played the card game “Authors” with me, … Continue reading

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Epic fantasy or sword and sorcery?

For the next eleven days, there is an Epic Fantasy Storybundle on sale. You donate what you want, above five bucks, and you get a hefty pack of books, including an anthology of short stories as a fundraiser. I have … Continue reading

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The Weave Is Available From Aqueduct Press

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BVC member Nancy Jane Moore’s new science fiction novel, The Weave, is now available in both print and ebook editions directly from the publisher, Aqueduct Press. According to the publisher’s website: The Weave brings us a first-contact story in which … Continue reading

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Pastoral Fantasy

  Some twenty, twenty-five years ago, I recollect a lot of scorn poured on the pastoral fantasy. Which is fine—no every subgenre pleases every reader, blah blah—but (as people will) the pastoral novel was derided as being not only twee … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 5/13/2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? Aliette de Bodard’s THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, which is an amazing fantastical thriller set in a post-magical-disaster Paris, and you really should go pre-order … Continue reading

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