Category Archives: Books and Reading

Daredevil: How Nice to Meet You Again for the First Time

Marvel’s Daredevil became available at Netflix April 10th. I’m not the only Book View Café member who binge-watched it, one of the others being of course Madeleine E. Robins, among whose works is the novel Daredevil: The Cutting Edge. This … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 4/15/2015

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It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? While vacationing in Mexico, I visited the traveler’s library at the beachside cottages where we stayed, and exchanged a paperback for another nice fat mystery: The … Continue reading

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Hapax and Heyer, Austen and Irony, or, What I should have said.

by Sherwood Smith In the last year or so, I’ve been asked by people both in person at con panels and at my Jane Austen book club discussion group, as well as on line, what I see as the difference … Continue reading

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Changing Everything

This Changes Everything

I was startled to discover that Larry Tribe, a Harvard law professor noted for his First Amendment cases, is representing Peabody Coal in its challenge to Environmental Protection Agency regulations on carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.  He seems … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 4/8/2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? I fell sick sometime back in – was it January? I think it was. Not bad-sick, just lie-on-the-sofa-with-cats sick. What I needed, obviously, was hot … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 4-1-2015

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I suffer an occasional outburst of republican annoyance at Sayers’ class prejudice, for the central conceit of her mysteries is like the central conceit of Amanda Cross’s mystery series about the English professor and her copper boyfriend…that being well-born and well-educated fits one not only to be heroically useful to society, but to a just claim to an almost racial superiority. That’s all right. She does it very well, and it’s not as if the class she writes about has survived to annoy me today. Continue reading

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Fiction in History, History in Fiction

Back in the 1970s, when dinosaurs roamed the flat earth before the internet, I used to listen to one of my favorite ballads, “Roads to Moscow” by Al Stewart  and wonder what the story was. I knew the history behind … Continue reading

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The Advantages of Group Readings

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I really love it when SF/F conventions set up group readings rather than scheduling individuals in slots by themselves. Not only is this an advantage to the writer – imagine going to a con where you’re not well known and … Continue reading

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Author Interview: Alma Alexander

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She was born on the banks of the blue Danube in a country whose name is but a memory. She left that home at ten, and lived in five countries on four continents before setting up shop in cyberspace. When asked about her life, all she will say is that she was born six years before men walked on the moon, and is married to a man who wooed her in cyberspace and lured her to America. But if you want to know about Alma Alexander’s stories, ah, that’s something else entirely. Continue reading

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Indie Reading

Some books defy market categorization. Like many classics. But these days, if you can’t slot your work so that the sales team knows where to put it in a book store, you have even less a chance of selling it … Continue reading

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