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May 4, 2013

Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon

Follow my blog with Bloglovin The fiery trails of tracer bullets, as a wounded Spitfire falls from the sky. A Jamaican plantation burns deep into the night. A handful of heroic Highlanders fight their way straight up a vertical cliff to stand on the Plains of Abraham in a fiery dawn. And a torch burns …

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August 8, 2012

Shadow Show, edited by Sam Weller and Mort Castle

“What do you imagine when you hear the name” . . . Bradbury? You might see rockets to Mars. Or bizarre circuses where otherworldly acts whirl in the center ring. Perhaps you travel to a dystopian future, where books are set ablaze . . . or to an out-of-the-way sideshow, where animated illustrations crawl across …

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June 26, 2012

The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo

There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls…or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home. This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo’s debut novel, “Shadow and Bone.” The Witch of Duva by Leigh Bardugo is a short fairytale set …

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June 9, 2012

The Professor's History by Claire Messud

In ‘The Professor’s History’ a French historian travels to Algeria to uncover the terrible truth about his country’s actions in the region. His search leads him to a story which has lain untold but unforgotten for many years. The Professor’s History is the story of a man known only as “the professor” who travels to …

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May 24, 2012

The Sun Zebra by Rolando Garcia

The Sun Zebra, is best described as a children’s book for grownups. Its aim is to encourage us to discover (or rediscover) the amazing things that children and their magical carefree world can teach us, even as we try to teach them about the harsh realities of our own. The book is a collection of …

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May 14, 2012

Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk by David Sedaris

Featuring David Sedaris’s unique blend of hilarity and heart, this new collection of keen-eyed animal-themed tales is an utter delight. Though the characters may not be human, the situations in these stories bear an uncanny resemblance to the insanity of everyday life. In “The Toad, the Turtle, and the Duck,” three strangers commiserate about animal …

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May 1, 2012

The Dead Are More Visible by Steven Heighton

It is remarkably easy to accept Al Purdy’s assertion that Steven Heighton–renowned for his craftsmanship, risk-taking, insight and range–”is one of the best writers of his generation, maybe the best.” The Dead Are More Visible highlights his strengths at writing fiction that does not sacrifice humour, depth and emotion for the sake of brevity. These 11 profoundly …

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April 27, 2012

All the Roads that Lead from Home by Anne Leigh Parrish

“Anne Leigh Parrish has written a collection of stories that deserve a place on the shelf next to Raymond Carver, Tom Boyle, Richard Bausch, and other investigators of lives gone wrong. Parrish writes with painful clarity about marriages turned sour, children at war with their parents, women drifting from one damaging relationship to another, and …

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