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A Tale for the Time Being

A Tale for the Time Being

I seem to be reading more good literary novels of late. They seem to fall into two categories: realistic stories and ones that incorporate elements from fantasy, science fiction, or both. The realistic ones that I’ve enjoyed have been detailed … Continue reading

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The Martian: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I love near-future SF! You can have your galaxies far far away. Give me NASA! And in The Martian we get everything the space-SF fan could ever desire. Gravity slingshots! Settling new planets! It is like … Continue reading

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Fictive history and THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS

Last month I was involved in a book discussion that sprawled over the entire landscape of literature, as they do. At one point a person began deriding the recent crop of YA steampunk-Victorians, naming some best selling authors in a … Continue reading

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Scathing Reviews

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Like every other published writer I know, my work has garnered rave reviews and anti-rave reviews. (Or perhaps that is rave anti-reviews?) Both ranged from insightful and well thought out to haring off after irrelevancies (like the reader who posted … Continue reading

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Jane Eyre: A Very Short Review

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by Brenda W. Clough  The latest trend in theater is filming a performance, and then showing the film. Most of the time they don’t do this — it’s difficult enough to get paying butts into the seats in the theater, … Continue reading

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Quick! Go Read NeuroTribes

NeuroTribes

Steve Silberman’s NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity makes a forceful case that autism and related conditions are not caused by some error in human development but rather are examples of the natural diversity of human … Continue reading

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Supergirl: A Review

Yes, we like Supergirl. Why?  Melissa Benoist is the main reason.  Her Supergirl is earnest and trying hard to do a job she knows is probably too big for her, but dammit, she’s going to do it anyway.  She also … Continue reading

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American Horror Story: A Review

My husband Darwin loves horror movies.  I don’t.  However, I drag Darwin kicking and screaming into super-hero movies, so in return I put up with the occasional horror show. Marriage forces both of us into dreadful compromises. When I learned … Continue reading

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Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas

Phlip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas

But fortunately, even though PKD is still dead in this wonderful novel by Michael Bishop, his “tangible ghost” is present and making changes to reality. Fairwood Press has reissued Philip K. Dick Is Dead, Alas – originally published in 1987 … Continue reading

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Re-Telling History

Texas: The Great Theft

I grew up on Texas history. I studied it in school (it was a required subject). I saw it in the movies. And I picked it up from my family. We don’t go back all the way to the Old … Continue reading

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