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“Pieces like pottery” by Dan Buri – Book Review

Blurb: “Pieces Like Pottery is an examination of the sorrows of life, the strength of character, the steadfast of courage, and the resiliency of love requisite to find redemption. Offering graceful insight into the human condition, each linked story presents … Continue reading

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Too close to home ~ Susan Lewis

The story of a family whose life seems idyllic… at least at first.  Then you begin to notice the cracks in the facade, then the cracks widen to form chasms.  Then you fall in. Set on the beautiful Gower Peninsula … Continue reading

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“My Grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” by Fredrik Backman – Book Review

One of my favorite novels from last year was “A man called Ove” by Fredrik Backman.  So you can imagine my delight when I heard he has written another novel! “My grandmother asked me to tell you she’s sorry” didn’t … Continue reading

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“Shadow” by Karin Alvtegen – Book Review

The single most positive aspect of this novel is the beautifully written prose. The words seem to speak directly to the reader in a heart-touching and sometimes heart-wrenching way. I’ll admit this is one of those novels where the cover … Continue reading

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WHO reads mysteries?

Did you ever wonder just exactly WHO reads mysteries? I found a fascinating report compiled by Sisters in Crime that sheds some light on just WHO reads mysteries. On page 4 of this report you will find that they polled … Continue reading

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Vampire fiction

I catalogue fiction for a large public library system and I can tell you that vampire fiction has NEVER been more popular. Mind you it is not a new phenomenon. Vampire stories have been around since 1819 with the publication … Continue reading

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Is fiction ever really unique?

I recently read the new novel by Chelsea Cain entitled “Heart Sick”. After reading this novel I went on to read several reviews of the title. Some reviewers seemed to think less of it because it reminded them so much … Continue reading

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