A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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REVIEW: Beheld

Prejudice and hatred are simmering beneath the rock strewn and inhospitable Promised Land. The characters, flung into the wilds of a New World, are on the knife's edge between survival and destruction.
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REVIEW: The Lost Future of Pepperharrow

As with her previous books, Pulley develops slightly steampunk-y science that is delightful. She invents interesting physics that seem like they just might work. At the same time she tells a great story with danger, adventure, kindness, mystery, and oddness. 
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REVIEW: American Sherlock

With Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle prefigured some forensic techniques that wouldn't be used for decades. E. O. Heinrich did it in real life. He pioneered a nonexistent field of criminology through innovation, imagination and dogged methodologies.
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Five Star Predictions

Over time, book reviewers (and dedicated readers) get better and better at guessing whether or not they will like a book. Descriptions, genres, author history, even cover art all play a factor in deciding if one should devote several hours to a book.
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An Unexpected Death by Mikita Brottman

One of the Belvedere's residents is going through her normal daily routine when she notices a "missing" poster outside of her building. Unlike most of us, she becomes intrigued by the disappearance. Then, when his body is found on the roof of her hotel, she becomes obsessed.
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Happy birthday, Sherlock

January 6 has come to be known as Sherlock Holmes's birthday. Considering Holmes's line of work, the "Epiphany" is as fitting a day as any other.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Season's Readings

Some books just beg to be read by the fire or with a snow-filled window nearby. Here are a few of my favorite winter reads.
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Havana at 500

2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the founding of Havana, Cuba. Here are three books to read in honor of the quincentennial.
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Clean Sweep

Every once in awhile I do a 'clean sweep' of my digital books with a brief round-up. Just because they didn't strike my fancy, doesn't mean someone else might not be interested.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Thankful

Books and reading are such an important, and joyful, part of my life. I'm grateful for many things literary-related.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Life Changes

Normally I prefer to write about specific books but this topic caught my eye. My reading habits are something I hadn't really thought about in awhile.
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Books for Fall

Fall is the busiest time of year for new book releases. It can be overwhelming, even for those of us who follow these sorts of things. Here is a list of what is new and coming soon.
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The Wonders by John Woolf

As scientific thinking and exploration took hold of the Victorian imagination, and the public sphere, there was a genuine sense of wonder around those who defied understanding.
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THE LIFE AND AFTERLIFE OF HARRY HOUDINI

An unconventional biography of an unconventional character. Rather than focus on timelines or family trees, Posnanski tries to get at Houdini as a legend, as an historical figure.
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What are you reading?

So many anticipated titles are released in the fall, which means lots of reading to catch up on for the next few months. Here is what I am working on this week.
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