Monthly Archives: July 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 3, “Who Are Your Blogging BFF’s?”

Without a doubt, my Generalissima of Blogging BFF’s is the inimitable Kelly. She blogs daily: through rain and sleet and snow and dark of night, she always has a review ready to pop. She is a blogging whirlwind, and an … Continue reading

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The Adversary, by Mark I. Bubeck (2013)

Preparing for War Unlike Any Other War (nb: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) “The Adversary” would be a great name for a YA-Paranormal book. This book is most definitely NOT a YA-Paranormal … Continue reading

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 2, What is Your Bedtime Reading Ritual?

Interesting question. I have several friends who like to read before they go to sleep at night. It helps them relax. I don’t get that at all, anymore than “The West Wing”‘s alcoholic Chief of Staff Leo McGarry understands how … Continue reading

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Interstate, by Stephen Dixon (orig. 1994; e-book published 2013)

(nb: I received a review copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley) Stephen Dixon’s “Interstate” takes eight different passes at the same story, and each of them is remarkable in its own vision. Imagine you’re a father, driving … Continue reading

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The Wet and the Dry, by Lawrence Osborne (2013)

The Intrepid Global Search for a Decent Gin & Tonic (nb: I received an advance review copy of this title from the publisher via Edelweiss) During my drinking days (daze?), my home bar was a little sports bar called Gamble’s. … Continue reading

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge. Day One: Make 15 Book-Related Confessions

Eh, what the hell. Let’s give this a shot, shall we? 1) Before I began my book blog, I was a big re-reader. I’ve read the Harry Potter books at least four times each. Ditto for The Millenium Trilogy, and … Continue reading

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The Land of Dreams, by Vidar Sundstrøl (translation by Tiina Nunnally) 2013

Murder in Minnesota (nb: I received an advance review copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley) “The Land of Dreams” is a gem, a taut mystery with relaxed pacing and access to the very depths of its characters’ … Continue reading

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The Panopticon, by Jenni Fagan (2013)

“The Panopticon” is one of the best-written, saddest, most-moving and triumphant coming-of-age novels I’ve ever read—easily one of the best books of 2013—and I have absolutely no damned idea how to review it. I love books like that, books that … Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: “Supernatural Fog,” by Louisa Klein (Coming Soon)

If you read and loved Louisa Klein’s “Supernatural Freak,” take heart: the second “Supernatural” novel “Supernatural Fog” is due soon! (If you haven’t read “Supernatural Freak,” you should do so anon)  Here’s the rather freaky cover, and what you can … Continue reading

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Life, by Keith Richards (2009)

Any book that starts off about a road trip with Ronnie Wood through backwoods Arkansas in a car full to the rafters with weed is not going to be boring, and Keith Richards’s autobiography, “Life,” is rarely that. “Life” recounts … Continue reading

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