A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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ACCENT: THE THIRD HOTEL [31 Days of Halloween - October 21]

One night, a suspicious wife leaves her home in Florida to trace her husband's footsteps across Havana, Cuba. The only problem is, Richard is dead.
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ACCENT: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF HELL [31 Days of Halloween - October 20]

Divided into historical eras, he introduces each piece with contextual information -- leading ideas of the time, societal understandings, and philosophies. Then the writings are left to stand on their own.
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ACCENT: THE RAVENMASTER

Chris Skaife may have the coolest job there is. It's certainly one of the most unusual. Skaife is currently the Ravenmaster at the Tower of London -- he is charged with making sure England never falls. 
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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite authors, unread

It's a joy to find an author you love, and then discover they have other books out, just waiting to be read. Here are some favored authors with an impressive list of titles that I simply haven't had time to read yet.
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ACCENT: THE UNFINISHED PALAZZO

Situated on the busy Grand Canal, the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni was unfinished in 1750 but it finally became a central society location when it was owned by three independent women.
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REVIEW: BLOOD & IVY

In Blood & Ivy, Collins uncovers a hasty murder in Harvard's medical school, a gaslit story for the resurrectionists in a Robert Louis Stevenson book.
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Top Ten Tuesday: Fall 2018 Reading List

It's still 90 degrees here, with no end in sight, so it's a bit hard to imagine days of sweaters and firesides are in the near future. There's no way I could share my entire TBR list for fall, but one has to start somewhere...
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REVIEW: THUNDERCLUCK

In the Norse gods' kingdom of Asgard, Thor accidentally throws a thunderbolt at his henhouse. He zaps an egg who eventually hatches into a different sort of chicken. Young Brunhilde and the Thundercluck are called to save Asgard from Gorman Bones, an evil chef.
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Books for September

The grasshopper’s horn, and far-off, high in the maples, / The wheel of a locust leisurely grinding the silence / Under a moon waning and worn, broken, / Tired with summer. ~ September Midnight, Sara Teasdale
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REVIEW: THE REAL LOLITA

Perhaps there was something about knowing the horrible crime had been committed, was already out in the real world, that he wasn't inventing it, that allowed Nabokov to finally put his novel into a cohesive form.
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REVIEW: PRAIRIE FIRES

Caroline Fraser's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography expands on the Little House universe by filling in the gaps in Laura Ingalls Wilder's semi-autobiographical novels.
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Books for August

Summer, do your worst! / Light your tinsel moon, and call on / Your performing stars to fall on / Headlong through your paper sky. ~ Dorothy Parker
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ACCENT: UNDER A DARK SKY

The desire to know whodunit keeps the reader coming back, but the overall story isn't one that will stick with the reader for its depth or even wild cleverness. It is simply a solid suspense novel -- and sometimes that's what you want to read.
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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Short and sweet

Short stories and novellas can get lost in the shadow of epic novels and great works of biography, but the compact storytelling form can pack a wallop. Aside from my standbys Poe, Maupassant and Conan Doyle, these are some of my favorite stories and novellas.
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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Best books of the year (so far)

We've tracked our way halfway around the sun. The days are already getting shorter, rather than longer. Soon we will be throwing on sweaters and drinking hot cocoa. Here are some of my favorite books from this year, so far.
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