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Where Are Books Headed? (In Three Words)

Where Are Books Headed? (In Three Words)

The Winning Edits blog has an occasional feature they call “In Three Words.” This week’s topic was the future of e-books:  Winning Edits is an editorial agency for indie authors, offering free advice, information on author tools, and book editing for a fee.  Their blog features articles of interest to… Read more »

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Favorite British Mystery Authors (a series)

Favorite British Mystery Authors (a series)

One of the genres I enjoy is mystery, and particularly British mystery.  Five women dominated the “Golden Age” of British mystery: Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, and Margery Allingham.  Of the five, Christie and Sayers are probably the best-known. Christie and Marsh enjoyed the longest reigns.  Sayers… Read more »

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Spider and Jeanne Robinson

Spider and Jeanne Robinson

Apropos of my previous post on hope, I’ve been rereading some of SF author Spider Robinson‘s early works, and I noticed something I hadn’t paid attention to when I read them years ago.  Robinson doesn’t shy away from the tragedies of life.  His characters are often in pain, wounded in… Read more »

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The Need for Hope

I’d like to say that I have eclectic tastes when it comes to reading, but the truth is, most of my reading falls along fairly conventional lines.  I read a lot of fantasy, mystery, and historical romance, with a sprinkling of science fiction, historical fiction, contemporary romance/women’s fiction and romantic… Read more »

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The Science of Kissing, by Sheril Kirshenbaum (review)

The Science of Kissing, by Sheril Kirshenbaum (review)

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’ve been reading Sheril Kirshenbaum’s The Science of Kissing: What Our Lips Are Telling Us.  As the title suggests, this isn’t a how-to book, at least primarily; instead, it explores the psychology, physiology, biochemistry, evolutionary biology, neurochemistry, and cultural anthropology of kissing.  Sound dull? … Read more »

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An Open Letter to Kobo

Dear Kobo, I started buying books at Kobo because you were the best of the open-device e-book stores selling ePub books, and your prices usually (though not always) beat those of other ePub retailers.  But your website has some drawbacks, especially compared to Amazon and Barnes & Noble‚Äôs sites.  I… Read more »

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Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series

Sherryl Woods’ Chesapeake Shores series

The Chesapeake Shores novels by Sherryl Woods tell the romantic stories of various members of the O’Brien clan, a large, somewhat dysfunctional, but loyal Irish-American family living in the fictional Bay town of Chesapeake Shores.  The characters are human, individual, and for the most part likeable; their family and romantic… Read more »

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