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An 1885 Novel Very Worth the Read

Bel-Ami by Guy de Maupassant My rating: 5 of 5 stars Published in 1885 and translated into English in 1903, Bel Ami is one of those books that would have been sneered at as a “novel” (said with utmost disdain) when first released. It’s Maupassant’s second and one of his more popular works, especially after […]

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Canadian Radio CJRU Book Interview September 27!

On Wednesday, September 27 at 1:30 p.m. Eastern Time, listen to my interview on CJRU 1280 AM’s All My Books, a wonderful bookclub show hosted by Jacky Tuinstra Harrison. We’ll be talking all about Locke and Keye, including inspirations, how etiquette and respect for authority of the Victorian era play into the book, the mantra the locksmiths […]

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Perrault vs. Andersen vs. Grimm Fairy Tales

Yesterday was Charles Perrault’s 388th birthday, and being one of the fathers of some of our modern fairy tales, I wanted to celebrate. Well, consider this a belated celebration. There are three main authors who have had a major impact on fairy tales and whose stories lived on through Disney movies – only usually quite different. […]

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My Holiday Read Recommendations

This year I wanted to read a multitude of holiday books, but my plans got derailed when my dog went in for major surgery. I haven’t had enough time to read more than one book at a time, and I can’t read it very fast either. I’d already started developing a list of holiday books […]

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An Interview with Me – as a Reader

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed – as a reader – by the lovely Adrianna Joleigh, a fellow fiction author and poet. Check out the interview here: http://bit.ly/10qbAI1. In the interview, I talk about what I look for in a book before I buy it, what I dislike in writing styles, how not to […]

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Why Bel Canto is a Lesson in Good Writing

I recently read the novel Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. It’s not something I would normally read as the storyline parallels a real-life terrorist event, the 1996 Lima Crisis. The basis of this book, however, is not terrorism. There’s much more to it than that, which is what makes it such a good read. From a […]

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Bookshelf OCD

I don’t know about you, but I have a ton of books, both fiction and non-fiction. Plays, novels, cookbooks, history books, art books, classics, short stories, essays, poetry, sociology, gardening…you name it, I’ve got it! I love having so many books on so many subjects. It’s like having my own library, where there’s something for […]

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WWW Wednesdays!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next? What are you currently reading? The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood (novel); Black Woods by Laura Wright LaRoche (novel); “A Horse and Two Goats” […]

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