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More Forthcoming Fantasy 2012

More Forthcoming Fantasy 2012

A few more titles to add to the list of forthcoming fantasy books: The Enchantress (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, book 6) by Michael Scott.  The book description reads “The twins of prophecy have been split. Nicholas Flamel is near death. John Dee has the swords of power. And… Read more »

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This Week’s Articles (4/15 – 4/21)

OK, I’m cheating slightly here, since a few of these appeared toward the end of last week.  But here are a number of articles I found interesting this week: Want to create your own ebook using MS Word?  PC World tells you how.. It’s caveat emptor at Amazon, where copycat… Read more »

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Pottermore Opens to the Public!

Pottermore Opens to the Public!

The Pottermore Insider announced that Pottermore is finally open to everyone.  Queue nicely, one at a time, please! The announcement generated great excitement on the Harry Potter Lovers forum over at Ravelry, the knitting and crocheting community I belong to. There were also some complaints about the sign-up process, but… Read more »

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Review: “Murder on the Rocks,” by Karen MacInerney

Review: “Murder on the Rocks,” by Karen MacInerney

Category: mystery Series: Gray Whale Inn Mysteries Book Source: public library Murder on the Rocks, the first in Karen MacInerney’s “Gray Whale Inn Mystery” series, should have a lot going for it.  MacInerney’s writing is competent, if not inspired, and all the necessary elements are in place for a typical… Read more »

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Birthday: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Birthday: Gertrude Chandler Warner

Gertrude Chandler Warner, the author who started the popular series of children’s books known as the Boxcar Children books, was born on April 16, 1890.  She came up with the idea for the series while teaching during World War I, and penned the first nineteen books.  (The series continued on… Read more »

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“Mind Over Murder” by Allison Kingsley

“Mind Over Murder” by Allison Kingsley

Category: Paranormal mystery Series: Raven’s Nest Bookstore mysteries Book Source: purchased In Mind Over Murder, the first in Allison Kingsley’s Raven’s Nest Bookstore mystery series, Clara Quinn has recently returned from New York City to her small hometown of Finn’s Harbor, Maine.  While helping out in her cousin and best… Read more »

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“Below Stairs” by Margaret Powell

“Below Stairs” by Margaret Powell

Below Stairs is the memoir which (in part) inspired both Upstairs, Downstairs and Downton Abbey.  Born in 1907 to an impoverished family, Margaret Powell relinquished a scholarship she couldn’t afford to take up and entered domestic service as a kitchen maid — the lowest of the female servants — at… Read more »

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