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REVIEW: JONATHAN STRANGE & MR NORRELL Why are there no more magicians in England? In the Napoleonic era one man asks the question. Just why are there no more magicians in England? Yes, there are those who study magic, but there are no more practical magicians left. This at a time when the French emperor is trampling all over Europe. Thus far, England {read more}


REVIEW: MEET ME IN ATLANTIS by Mark Adams A mention of the lost city of Atlantis immediately conjure up images like this one, as if the ancient noble metropolis had somehow settled on the ocean floor intact. Our imaginations allow us to become nine-year olds again, hopeful that we might find buried treasure or grow up to be a real Indiana Jones. In truth, {read more}

Books for June

Books for June Somehow, June is already nearly half over. Summer is well and truly underway. Time to find the shade of a tree or a lazy hammock and do some reading. And in the spirit of relaxation, here is some lighter fare to enjoy on a quiet summer day.   JAMES THE CONNOISSEUR CAT by Harriet Hahn This jaunty novel {read more}

Armchair BEA 2015: Character Chatter

Armchair BEA 2015: Character ChatterIt's time to give your favorite characters some love! Characters are essential to a story, and they can make or break a book for some readers. Now's your chance to shine the spotlight on your favorite characters, or maybe your least favorite.  I suppose this is obvious but I have to begin with Elizabeth Bennet from Pride {read more}

Armchair BEA 2015: Social Media

Armchair BEA 2015: Social MediaHow do you use social media to expand your blogging/writing horizons?  Social Media is all about networking and connections, and utilizing today's technology to the fullest. Do you have another blog, maybe a Tumblr? Have a Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook? Or maybe there's an underrated social media program that you like. I have numerous accounts that {read more}

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