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Dylan Thomas’ A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Five Poems

One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner now and out of all sound except the distant speaking of the voices I sometimes hear a moment before sleep, that I can never remember whether … Continue reading

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Karen Harper’s The Queene’s Christmas

Eric Eller penned this review. Adding a new dimension to a real figure adds a kick to historical fiction. The key is to cast the person plausibly, if the historical feel of the fiction is to be kept. The role doesn’t … Continue reading

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Shirley Jackson’s Four Novels of the 1940s & 1950s

Shirley Jackson’s Four Novels of the 1940s & 1950s is a collection by the Librart of America of the authors four novels The Road Through the Wall, Hangsaman. the Bird’s Nest, and The Sundial. While these are not Jackson’s best … Continue reading

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Ursula K Le Guin’s Annals of the Western Shore

The reprinting of works by a beloved author is always a difficult matter. Library of America’s volume of Ursula K. Le Guin novels Annals of the Western Shore represents an excellent reprint of some of the later works of one … Continue reading

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Martin Hughes’ World Food: Ireland

Any musician who has traveled and busked in strange cities, has made use of the Lonely Planet travel guides if they are at all smart, as they are, along with the Rough Guides series, the best travel guides one could … Continue reading

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Kage Baker’s The Bird of the River

The late Kage Baker was one of those admirably unpredictable writers whose stories never seemed to fit into any sort of mold, whether they were part of a series or stood alone. There is, though, a kind of magic in … Continue reading

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Steve Augarde’s The Various

Steve Augarde is a well-known British illustrator and author of children’s books. The Various, the first in a series, treats the adventures of twelve-year-old Midge, sent to stay with her Uncle Brian at the old family farm in Somerset while … Continue reading

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Naomi Kritzer’s Cat Pictures Please and Other Stories

I don’t normally purchase a collection for just one story but the community over at File 770 was saying in a discussion of AIs thatNaomi Kritzer’s Hugo Award-winning ’Cat Pictures Please’ was a story that the folks there who hadn’t read … Continue reading

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Aliette De Bodard‘s Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight

Of the new crop of writers in the past, oh, twenty years, this has been my quite possibly my favorite writer. I reasonably sure that I discovered her by way of a fellow member of  the File 770 community that Mike Glyer … Continue reading

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Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw

Jessica Paige penned this review. I love this book. Usually in a review I attempt to be both fair and balanced, but you, dear reader, should know beforehand that Tooth and Claw is a book of the kind I want to … Continue reading

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