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William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, #6), by Ian Doescher (2014)

If you’re a fan of the original Star Wars trilogy–as well as a fan of Shakespearean prose–you will find perhaps no greater treat than Ian Doescher’s “William Shakespeare’s Star Wars” trilogy. The premise is simple, if painstakingly difficult to execute. … Continue reading

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Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store, by Robin Sloan (2012)

It’s perhaps ironic that a book about books and a bookstore is so damn hard to write a book review about. Clay Jannon lost his job at an upstart, high-tech bagel chain. Desperate for cash, he ends up getting a … Continue reading

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Reading, Writing, and Being Blocked

Most anyone who’s tried to write has experienced writer’s block. Whether it’s a brief college paper or a full-length novel, you sit there, staring at a blank screen, the cursor blinking at you almost mockingly. I’ve discovered something equally nefarious … Continue reading

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The Hound at The Gate, by Darby Karchut (2015)

Once again, author Darby Karchut shows off her amazing knack for building on each installment of a series, making each book better than the last. In the Adventures of Finn MacCullen series, Ms. Karchut hasn’t struck a bad note yet, … Continue reading

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Suicide Watch, by Kelley York (2012)

Suicide Watch is a website, where people contemplating suicide gather and discuss their pain, their hopelessness, and their plans to end their lives. Kelley York’s novel, “Suicide Watch,” is one hell of a read. The book’s narrator, Vincent, has been … Continue reading

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Beckon Me (Beckoners #1), by Cindy Thomas (2015)

College sophomores Karina and Rainey are enjoying a night on the town. They close down an art museum, which was featuring a photography exhibit. An excellent photographer herself, Karina especially was enchanted with the beautiful images. On the walk back … Continue reading

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Give War a Chance, by P.J. O’Rourke (2003; orig. published 1992)

“Give War a Chance: Eyewitness Accounts of Mankind’s Struggle Against Tyranny, Injustice, and Alcohol-Free Beer” is a collection of P.J. O’Rourke’s various writings from the late 1980’s and early 1990’s. If you grew up during the Reagan Years, you’ll probably … Continue reading

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