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Shipping This One On Out

Well, it’s finally happened.  I’ve found the 2nd novel that I just can’t bring myself to give what I consider a fair shake.  Here’s my general reading rule:  I’ll give the author 50 pages, maybe even 100 to hook me into the story.   548 more words

Excessively planned reading for vacation: Guest post and solid advice

Thanks to R.T. for this fantastic guest post on reading suggestions for holiday and vacation. Turns out R.T. is not only smart, funny and great to work with, but a super star of a reader, too.  1,211 more words


When It Lifts, or Some Scattered Thoughts on Summertime in Newfoundland

I bought my copy of Annie Proulx’s The Shipping News in a bookstore in New Orleans’ French Quarter (‘ol’ E. Annie,’ the owner called her), right before I had to leave for the airport. 1,606 more words



He slept soundly though the westerly wind pummelled the rain into the wooden walls. Soon a chill would creep into the room, his bed sheets becoming cold and clammy as they weighted him to the floor. 68 more words

100 Word Challenge

The Shore Line

Waves brayed against rocks, foaming at the mouth.  Spittle sprayed over the shoreline; white crests broken in temper.  Cries of foreign lands and all the spaces in between beaten in adversity.  61 more words

100 Word Challenge


The cast in Annie Proulx’s new novel, Barkskins, is enormous. It rapidly grows as each chapter follows generations of fur traders, adventurers and would be entrepreneurs  from the old world to the new. 318 more words