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A Peeve and a Signal Boost

First, the signal boost:  Fran Wilde’s novel Updraft comes out today.  Smashing science fiction from a Viable Paradise alumna, available in hardcover and ebook formats from the… 337 more words

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Book Review: Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian

Will Caynes has a fairly complicated life.  Thanks to his divorced parents, he spends his time shuffling between the city and the suburbs of Minneapolis.  His father is drinking again while sort of aimlessly renovating his old house, and his mom has a new family in the suburbs and seems to think that buying things is the same thing as parenting.   371 more words

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That Boy Rudy

I recently saw the 2013 movie “The Book Thief” and I fell in love with the boy Rudy Steiner. I had to watch it over and over again so I could just see the boy. 415 more words

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For the Joy of Reading: Beauty's Gift

Sindiwe Magona is a writer who should have the same sort of profile as Nadine Gordimer.   She does not, and the reason is obvious.   One was a white South African woman, who wrote with exceptional beauty, compassion and understanding about the situation in her country.   406 more words

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The week in reading 35/15 #TheWeekinReading

I read and read … and as I look at the various reading challenges, I find that I have read a large number of the books in them. 446 more words

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Things I Have Been Loving Lately and other random stuff

I just finished a huge mug of coffee and I am hyped but seriously I will probably pass out in bed in about 30 minutes because it’s freaking 4 am and I am still wide awake. 1,020 more words

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Images of Austen: 'Reading' the New Jane Austen Waxwork

N.B. I wrote this post last year, when the Jane Austen waxwork had just been announced. It’s hard to say whether the waxwork had as much of an impact as I thought it would when I wrote this post, or whether it was just another media gimmick to distract us from all the real stuff actually happening in the world. 2,168 more words

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