Category Archives: Books and Reading

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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Happy Birthday, Beatrix Potter!

by Brenda W. Clough  I nearly forgot to note here that today is the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter. I didn’t read any of her works until the birth of my children, but they instantly became family favorites. I have … Continue reading

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The Big Book of Earthsea

Tehanu Frontispiece by Charles Vess

What is most exciting to me about this edition of EARTHSEA is THE PICTURES. Charles Vess is painting a wraparound cover and a full-color frontispiece for each of the six books (and, says he, “the title page will be in color, if I have anything to say about it.” To which I say Amen!) Then he’ll be drawing some fifty black-and-white vignettes for chapter heads, ten or a dozen full-page illustrations, and a bunch of smaller pictures throughout the book. Continue reading

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Immersive fiction: history and other worlds

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An on-going exchange about writing historical novels intersected with my reading of an ARC which the research into houses and weapons and clothing is impeccable . . . but everyone in early 1900s Great Britain sounds American. Occasionally modern American. … Continue reading

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Arabella of Mars release day!

Arabella of Mars sails into the world today from Tor Books. This rollicking adventure, written by BVC author David D. Levine, was read in draft by several BVC authors. “Regency space opera in its best form! An intrepid, intelligent heroine, wonderful … Continue reading

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Beware the Unclean Books

I get it. I understand that it’s a dangerous world out there and some parents want to protect their kids from it as long as possible. I get that they want to share lists of books that don’t have sex, … Continue reading

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