The Best Writing of the Week – Wuthering Heights

Sometimes you come across passages that remind you again of what good writing is. I just started the classic Wuthering Heights last night (yes, you need to read the classics) and was taken aback by a passage not just because of the quality of the prose but also by the tone. It was like the … Continue reading The Best Writing of the Week – Wuthering Heights

I Just Realized Why Books With Pictures Are So Great for Kids

Graphic novels, comic books and kids' books with too many pictures are given a bad rap.  But a surprising new study shows that we are wrong to worry. (Not that I was worried). Parents are often in a rush to get their kids away from comics and over to "proper" books. But now, thanks to … Continue reading I Just Realized Why Books With Pictures Are So Great for Kids

Two Awesome Quotes From The Hobbit’s 1973 Introduction

In my edition of The Hobbit, cheap mass-market paperback, there is an introduction by Peter S Beagle from 1973 that contains not one but two passages that are amazingly political and powerful. A Quote For Today, From 1973 The Sixties were no fouler a decade than the Fifties - they mere reaped the Fifties' foul … Continue reading Two Awesome Quotes From The Hobbit’s 1973 Introduction

The Fisherman – Book Review

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One of my favorite books of the last few years is John Langan's incredible The Fisherman, the 2016 Stoker Award winner. The Fisherman tells the story of two grieving men who become friends because of their shared passion for fishing (as a means to take their minds off the grief). The hear of a mysterious … Continue reading The Fisherman – Book Review

The Last Policeman – Book Review

You know that thing, when you finally read a book you've heard about again and again but, for whatever reason, haven't gotten around to yet? And then you do and it's awesome. That? Yeah, I just had that with Ben H. Winter's excellent pre-apocalyptic mystery The Last Policeman. The Last Policeman is a book I … Continue reading The Last Policeman – Book Review

Elephants Aglow – A Few Words About THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING

Elephants shouldn't glow. Humans shouldn't be careless with radioactive waste. But good writers should tell good stories, and that brings us to Brooke Bolander's The Only Harmless Great Thing. This tells the story of a woman and an elephant. The way the book is written may make the book slightly less appealing to readers, and … Continue reading Elephants Aglow – A Few Words About THE ONLY HARMLESS GREAT THING

Raymond Chandler – A Growing Obsession

Raymond Chandler is the author I'm obsessing most over these days, and here's just a few of the reasons why: 1 - His prose Here are examples just from the start of The Little Sister, which I am now reading. The pebbled glass door panel is lettered in flaked black paint: 'Philip Marlowe... Investigations'. It … Continue reading Raymond Chandler – A Growing Obsession

The Silence of the Lambs and the Surprise it Holds for Writers

If you haven't read The Silence of The Lambs you are in for a treat. I am going to assume you've seen the movie, right? Well, there's a surprising element to the book, one that I had not expected when I read it. Since reading it, something I did to study how Thomas Harris pulled … Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs and the Surprise it Holds for Writers

Just Some Fancy Books – Instagram

If you are on Instagram, you should take a look at something called #circleofbookishfriends It's booky-thing (of course) where you get a prompt like "Favorite author" or "Women Wednesday". The posts are, more often than not, Stephen King or horror-related, as the people who started the Circle of Bookish Friends (I think it was mother.horror) … Continue reading Just Some Fancy Books – Instagram