Category Archives: Books and Reading

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

Elwin Cotman

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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Consideration of Works Past: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  (Picture from here.) I have hesitated to visit Huckleberry Finn in this venue for a couple of reasons. For one, I’ve read the book regularly since I was a child so there’s no real sense of “revisiting” it. Second, so much … Continue reading

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I Love Short Stories!

The Zanzibar Cat

Writing about Karen Joy Fowler’s “The View From Venus” last week got me to thinking about other short stories that I love. And that gave me the idea of coming up with a table of contents for my dream short … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 3-4-2015

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It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? Some months ago a member of BVC recommend Ghost Planet by Sharon Lynn Fisher. Literature has a long history of dealing with how we treat “the … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 2-25-2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? Good luck finding copies of Antonia Forest’s work–old paperbacks go for hundreds of dollars. But through a Goodreads connection I lucked into a copy of … Continue reading

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My Path to Coop Publishing

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Anyone who’s publishing or considering publishing books today is facing a confusing chaos of choices—traditional print publishing through the “Big 5” publishers or independent presses, agented or non, indie self-publishing, standard print runs, print on demand, ebooks…. It can make … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday 2-18-2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? THE CLOCKWORK CROWN by Beth Cato.  It’s the follow-up to her debut THE CLOCKWORK DAGGER, and I got my hands on an advance copy. Spoiler: … Continue reading

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