Trips To The Fair

In our increasingly polarized society I think there’s one thing that I hope we can all agree upon, and that is: Carnies are creepy. And put those carnies in a traveling circus, and guess what? Über-creepy. There’s something about the way that they just appear in town one day and are gone another. They are…

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NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books

This past week, NPR posted a list of what it considers the Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, which was part of an online voting campaign this summer.  Over 60,000 votes were cast and the top 100 vote-getters are out. The list has been posted by several folks in my neighborhood, including LetsEatGrandpa, GingerSister and…

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Book Review: A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness

One thing I’ve noticed since I’ve begun following book bloggers and keeping up with friends on Goodreads is that the quality of book I’ve been reading has been getting better. Surely, this is because most of the books I start now have been reviewed by someone whose tastes I understand might be similar to mine.…

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30 DoB Day 18: A Book That Disappointed You

As the weekend draws to a close and we’re all apparently still here, I spent some time giving thought to the next question in the 30 Days of Books list: Day 18 – A book that disappointed you Geez, there’s been lots of books that have been disappointments.  Anything that I rated 2-stars or below on…

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30 DoB Day 3: Favorite Series

So, today’s question on the 30 Days of Books list is: Day 03 – Your favorite series I thought about this question on and off over the weekend.  Sometimes the “on” was when I awoke last night about 3 a.m. and it kept clogging my thoughts instead of getting my brain to shut back down so…

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No Dancing, by George

There must be pigs flying over a frosty ground in Hades today, because George RR Martin announced that his long-awaited book A Dance With Dragons will be published in July of this year, though “long-awaited” may be too kind of an understatement, I suppose.  For the uninitiated, Martin is the author of one of the…

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Book Review: “Kraken” by China Mieville

When I finished the audiobook of China Mieville’s new novel “Kraken”, the first thing that went through my mind was was that it’s not too often that you come to the end of a book and think “I’ve never quite read anything like that before” – and it’s wonderful to realize that authors can still…

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Book Review: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Some small-ish spoilers below  OK quiz time — name this fantasy series:  A young boy of remarkable ability has his promising life altered when everyone in his family (but him) is killed by evil forces – evil forces that the “regular” world doesn’t really acknowledge anymore. From this tragedy, the boy lives a terrible existence…

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