Category Archives: Genres

The Rambling Writer Returns to Greece, Part 4: Athens Today

Note: Since my 4-month backpacking trip around Greece too many years ago, I have been longing to return to this magical land of myth, history, and dramatic landscapes. I recently made a fabulous 3-week return trip there, to research additional … Continue reading

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Georgette Heyer’s “Sylvester” at Lifeline Theatre in Chicago

This fourth Lifeline Heyer adaptation is wonderful. They’ve managed to find every rising line and turning point in the story and make it fabulous and funny and farcical, cut out the lengthy bits in between—you’re a Heyer fan, so you know how big this book is!—and leave you satisfied that you’ve got the whole story. Continue reading

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Dave Smeds Has a Story on Far Fetched Fables

The podcast of a short story by long-time Book View Cafe member Dave Smeds became available today at Far Fetched Fables. The story is “The Tavern at the Ford,” which appeared in the anthology Sword and Sorceress 28. If you … Continue reading

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Discussing magic in fantasy fiction

If any sufficiently advanced technology, as the quote goes, is indistinguishable from magic, then it is also possible that any sufficiently advanced magic is indistinguishable from a religion. -Alma Alexander from a Book View Café blog post On Magic on August 5, 2016

Any fantasy that is sufficiently internally consistent is indistinguishable from science fiction. -Jennifer Stevenson Continue reading

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Reading The Color of Law

The Color of Law

I’ve just finished Richard Rothstein’s The Color of Law, a thoroughly researched and brilliant analysis of how government action in the United States built and reinforced racial segregation. It took me several weeks to read this book. That’s not because … Continue reading

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BVC Announces Twisted Genius by Patricia Rice

Twisted Genius by Patricia Rice

All Ana Devlin has ever wanted was a home for her younger half-siblings. Now she has half a mansion plus half a fortune to go with it. But what good is sanctuary when her family insists on creating chaos and endangering lives in their relentless pursuit of justice? Continue reading

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Amazon Deal (USA and Canada)

It’s happening now. If you’re an Amazon customer in the United States or Canada and you haven’t yet purchased a copy of BVC member Linda Nagata’s newest novel, The Last Good Man, now’s your chance! Amazon has put the ebook … Continue reading

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Time to Move

If you want to understand why – and how – to move your body, Katy Bowman’s book Movement Matters is a great place to start. I picked it up because I’m researching how our minds and bodies work together, but … Continue reading

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Poem Written in 1991

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

oem Written in 1991

When the Soviet Union Was Disintegrating

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BVC Announces Mad Maria’s Daughter by Patricia Rice

Mad Maria's Daughter by Patricia Rice

Tainted by the gossip about her mad mother, Daphne Templeton defies family and society by spurning the only gentleman to make her an offer. Fleeing London rumors, she’s captured by a highwayman, who believes her mad for not fearing him when he rides off with her. Even her beloved aunt fears she’s lost her wits for not encouraging her neighbor, the quiet but handsome Lord Griffin.

And Daphne has to question her own rationality when she prefers the clandestine kisses of a masked stranger to those of a gentleman who openly declares his love. . . Continue reading

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