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A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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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 …
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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 …
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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 …
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Armchair BEA 2015: Character Chatter

It’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 …
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Armchair BEA 2015: Social Media

How 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? …
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Armchair BEA 2015: Visual Expressions

Page 67There are so many ways to tell stories. Whether it’s comic books, graphic novels, visual novels, webcomics, etc, there are quite a lot of other mediums to tell a story. On this day, we will be talking about those books …
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Armchair BEA 2015: Introduction

Somehow it is already time for Armchair BEA again! Cheers to the lovely folks who organize this virtual get-together each year. It’s always great fun.   Tell us a bit about yourself: How long have you been blogging? Where are …
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Books for MAY

For winter’s rains and ruins are over, And all the season of snows and sins; The days dividing lover and lover, The light that loses, the night that wins; And time remembered is grief forgotten, And frosts are slain and …
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REVIEW: MIND OF WINTER by Laura Kasischke

This is a brilliant, searingly creepy, psychological thriller — reminiscent of A Rose for Emily. Though written in the third person, it is entirely told from one point of view and in a type of stream of consciousness. It’s rather like what …
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REVIEW: THE STRANGLER VINE by MJ Carter

Without glorifying the colonial days of India, Carter has sketched an enjoyable adventure within these pages. India in 1837, the heydey of the British East India Company is the backdrop for two exceedingly unlikely heros. Both are Company men, and …
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ACCENT: THE ELEMENTARY SHERLOCK HOLMES by Matthew E Bunson

  It takes a great deal for me to be impressed when it has to do with Sherlock Holmes. I’m very protective of the detective’s legacy, as are most fans, I think. Rather than try to recreate a set of …
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BOOKS for April

  Spring is coming slowly this year. It is creeping back from the brink of a brutal, snowy winter. But it is coming. And with it are several interesting titles to read as you sit defiantly on your porch, no …
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ACCENT: The Allure of the East

As I have said in past posts, I am an unabashed Orientalist – though, not, perhaps, as Edward Said meant it. I am truly fascinated by those ancient civilizations and I look upon them with respect and admiration. These two books, …
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REVIEW: DEAD WAKE by Erik Larson

In Larson’s latest, he manages to bring tension worthy of The Hunt for Red October or Das Boot to a pivotal day in May 1915. Two vessels, unaware of their fates, barrel toward an outcome the reader knows all too well. Despite …
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GIVEAWAY: LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo

  Thanks to the fine folks at Penguin Classics, I have one copy of a new translation of Victor Hugo’s classic to giveaway.       To enter: 1) Share this giveaway. 2) Leave a comment, with a link to your …
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