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The Rambling Writer Book Review: Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly by Dana Tai Soon Burgess

Chino and the Dance of the Butterfly takes us into the heart of creative passion and dance movement, with insights into culture and art. I’ve been reading books selected by the International Pulpwood Queens & Timber Guys Book Club since my novel Pause was chosen as a 2022 title. I was fortunate to “meet” Dana Tai Soon […]

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Reading the Classics: CLARISSA

Once you accept the lugubrious plot of the longest English novel (pure and innocent girl is Wronged, fades away into angelic death) Clarissa, by Samuel Richardson,  is fascinating on so many levels. Apparently Richardson worked on it for years. And that includes after initial publication–he amended it significantly twice, after reading both published and private

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The Rambling Writer Book Review: The Marcus Didius Falco historical detective novels by Lindsey Davis

Ancient Rome comes to vivid, quirky life in the Marcus Didius Falco mystery series by Lindsey Davis. I confess, I have a bit of a crush on Marcus Didius Falco, the sardonic, scruffy former soldier now scraping by in 1st-century AD Rome as an “informer,” what we’d now call a private eye. When Lindsey Davis,

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The Rambling Writer Book Review: THE SCHEMES OF DRAGONS and THE WIZARD’S NEMESIS by Dave Smeds

The wizardry and plots only thicken with books #2 and #3 in this epic struggle of humans versus dragons in a vividly original fantasy world. Full disclosure repeated: Back in the 1980s, Dave Smeds and I were both being published by Ace Books, and we became friends at science fiction and fantasy cons. I greatly

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The Sorcery Within by Dave Smeds

The Rambling Writer Book Review: The Sorcery Within by Dave Smeds

A compelling fantasy adventure with complex, believable characters in a vividly imagined world imperiled from desert to sea. Full disclosure: Back in the 1980s, Dave Smeds and I were both being published by Ace Books, and we became friends at science fiction and fantasy cons. I greatly enjoyed the first two novels in Dave’s fantasy

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SWC: A syllabus for learning about 21stC money

I’ve been writing about class all my working life, although I didn’t always recognize it, because I wasn’t foregrounding it. Since I began researching the question “How do pyramidal hierarchies die?” I’ve tripped over dozens of really, really interesting texts. Here are some of the books that have blown my mind while I research the background

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Reading American Classics: Kate Chopin’s THE AWAKENING

It’s interesting to read an end-of-the-century novel from the opposite side of the intervening twentieth century, for though there is in Chopin’s novel no preoccupation with the remorseless cycle of measured time, the intervening hundred twenty-three years–and all their evolutions, both cultural and literary–are going to be part of the modern reader’s context. Be aware:

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