Ghost Story

Well, dear readers, I have yet to fulfill my promise to review Anansi Boys, but I can’t say that it impressed me.  Neil Gaiman’s adult fiction leaves much to be desired.  I loved Coraline and The Ocean at the End of the Lane; yet, American Gods was suffused with vulgarity, and Anansi Boys is rather average despite some fun moments.  So, it did not give me much motivation for reviewing it.


The situation with Jim Butcher’s Ghost Story is quite the reverse.  So much so that I wonder why Jim Butcher is not a household name instead of Gaiman.  I mean, this book contained real pathos, dire situations, characters rich with suffering, great fights, stretches of agonizing suspense, and important moral questions (something sadly absent from Anansi Boys).  It even divulged in interesting metaphysical questions on the nature of souls and the afterlife!  I know what our dear readers may be thinking: “Isn’t this just genre fiction?  Dark fantasy, noir, and urban fantasy?” But, Butcher shows just how much can be explored through these genres!

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Broadening one’s horizons

Mad Genius Club

I’ve been quite excited this week.  It’s an interesting story, and one that’s taught me a lesson;  so I thought you might like to hear about it.

Sarah Hoyt has long been a friend and an inspiration to my wife and myself. She encouraged me in my early writing days, when I was getting to the point of being ready to publish, and did me the courtesy of a cover review for my first military science fiction novel, ‘Take The Star Road‘.  She’s been a member of our extended family ever since (or we’ve been members of hers – whatever.)  Walking around Denver Zoo in her company during a recent visit proved exhausting – her enthusiasm for various and sundry fauna had my wife and I struggling to keep up!  Perhaps she sees similarities between yours truly and the elephants…

One of the more intriguing aspects of Sarah’s…

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A Short Analysis of Tennyson’s ‘Break, Break, Break’

Interesting Literature

A summary of one of Tennyson’s greatest short poems

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) wrote many of his greatest poems in response to the sudden death of a close friend in 1833. ‘Break, Break, Break’ is one such poem. Below is the poem, followed by a few words of analysis, addressing the poem’s language, meaning, imagery, and structure.

Break, break, break,
On thy cold gray stones, O Sea!
And I would that my tongue could utter
The thoughts that arise in me.

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Barnes & Noble’s Big Mistake…Or Is It?

Ashley O'Melia, Author

I’ve read far more articles than I would like to admit about ebooks vs. print books, online stores vs. brick and mortar stores, etc.  There are interesting facts and opinions all over the place, some of them reasonable and some just ridiculous.  Many people want to blame online stores like Amazon for the downfall of brick and mortars, an idea that has been punched right in the eye by the opening of Amazon’s physical store.  But it turns out that retailers might just be shooting themselves in the foot.

Over the weekend, my husband and I were at our local Barnes & Noble.  He was there for some coffee, I was there to sniff books.  The kids were gone for the weekend, so we got to spend our time looking at overpriced Doctor Who merchandise and bargain books that we will never read instead of lounging around the children’s section.


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