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While Mortals Sleep - Book Review

While Mortals Sleep is a very different kind of Vonnegut reader. The series of short stories, published posthumously and fore-worded by modern literary heavyweight Dave Eggers, showcases Vonnegut’s early unpublished work. 400 more words


Every American is a Sportsmen

Comments on Christian Messenger’s “Sports and the Spirit of Play in American Fiction: Hawthorne to Faulkner.” Preface/ Introduction.

To begin my research in the area of sports in American culture, I have stumbled upon Christian Messenger’s book “Sports and the Spirit of Play in American Fiction: Hawthorne to Faulkner” (1981.) In his Introduction, including preface, Messenger gives his reader’s the required background knowledge about not only the roots of sport in American literature, but also the roots of sports in the American psyche. 763 more words


The Secret History by Donna Tartt

The delight of the discovery of a new author whose novel is thrilling and captivating is a rare and wonderful treat. The discovery that the author has other treasures to unearth is like the great dinner party that doesn’t end and the convivial conversation will continue. 381 more words


We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

It is difficult to write about We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves without revealing a key piece of plot information. However, Karen Joy Fowler managed to get to page 77 of her novel without letting it slip, so I can hopefully get to the end of a blog post with the secret intact. 721 more words

Fiction: 21st Century

17 Must-Read Books*


  ” To write is to write is to write is to write

is to write is to write is to write.”

 She spoke the truth. 447 more words

WBN 11: American Gods

I’m steadily working my way through the nation’s 100 favourite books according to World Book Night’s poll in 2011. Find out more about this challenge and check my progress  171 more words


Bull Rider by Suzanne Morgan Williams

The presenter who recommended Suzanne Morgan Williams’s YA novel Bull Rider said the book was very popular with the metal shop set.  The audience of librarians and English teachers all made a quick note, “ 274 more words

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