A Cineaste’s Bookshelf

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REVIEW: THE STATE COUNSELLOR

Each of the Fandorin novels takes a slightly different tone, on purpose, as Akunin pays homage to the Doyle, Christie, and Fleming (Murder on the Leviathan is a take on Death on the Nile). The State Counsellor chapters alternate between spies of the dualling networks. The reader sees the push and pull and tangle from both sides.
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REVIEW: THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK

Upon Beatrice's arrival at the tea shop, she is quickly welcomed by the older women and their pet raven, Perdu. And she is equally quick to realize this will be no ordinary clerking position. Though she is not averse to magic, she has never really given it too much thought before.
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ACCENT: AMERICAN ECLIPSE

A total solar eclipse is coming on August 21, 2017. The last time America experienced one like it was 1878. In the days of the Industrial Revolution, the western expansion, and explosive empirical discovery, America was eager to show well-heeled European scientists that they too could conduct successful observations.
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Mules and Musings: Interview with Sarah Domet

Described by the New York Times as "a deft and lovely debut," Sarah Domet's The Guineveres comes out in paperback on July 11. I sat down with Sarah over some delicious bourbon mules and homemade tater tots to talk.
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Summer Solstice

Yesterday I instantly remembered that it was Midsummer Eve, my very favorite day, and lay awake looking forward to it and planning my rites on the mound. …
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It's Monday - June 19

I am absolutely relishing these long days, and dreading when we swing back around the Sun and it gets darker earlier. Even as far south as I live, there is still a hint of light at 9 p.m. and I love it.  Here is what I am reading this week.  American Eclipse by David Baron…
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ACCENT: A FEVER OF THE BLOOD

The unlikely team of Adolphus "Nine Nails" McGray and Ian Frey are on the case again. It's not perfect, but it's a strong second outing for the new novelist. 
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GIVEAWAY: THE LAKE by Lotte & Søren Hammer

Enter to win a copy of The Lake. In the new novel, the remains of a young Nigerian woman are found by a hunting dog, near a lake in Nordsjælland that the locals have nicknamed “Satan’s Bog.”
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Top Ten Tuesday: Nonfiction on my TBR

Ten Nonfiction Books That I've Recently Added To My To-Be-Read List noun | non·fic·tion | \ˌnän-ˈfik-shən\ | writing or cinema that is about facts and real events
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Armchair Book Expo: Dining with Authors

If you haven't read a PG Wodehouse book, I suggest you do so immediately. Start with The Inimitable Jeeves. I reread them all the time, often when I can't sleep. They are amusing and comforting all at once.
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Armchair Book Expo: What Do Readers Want?

What Do Readers Want? What makes or breaks a book? How do we rate the books, or determine if it is good literature or a good story? What do we want from an author event?
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Armchair Book Expo: Best Practices

This is supposed to be fun. Feeling overwhelmed is not fun. Feeling accomplished is all the warm fuzzies. Here are some tips to being a good book blogger.
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Armchair Book Expo: Introductions

Welcome to Armchair Book Expo, an online conference for those of us who can't attend Book expo in person. I'm pleased to be participating for the seventh year.
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Books for June

I'm not really one for your typical "beach read" but I do think summertime give us time devote to reading in a way that we don't get to most of the year - vacations and camping, longer days, a slower pace of life in general. It's a good time to dive into a brick of a classic, tackle a series or try a nonfiction in a new topic.
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ACCENT: TRUE CRIME ADDICT

In 2004, Maura Murray went missing. Her car hit a snowbank in rural New Hampshire. When police arrived seven minutes later, her car was abandoned, with no footprints leading away from it. Maura Murray has never been heard from since -- at least not publicly.
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