Author Archives: Lizzie Ross

About Lizzie Ross

in no particular order: author, teacher, cyclist, world traveler, single parent. oh, and i read. a lot.

Soup and salad, January

Let me begin with this warning: I am not a food blogger, and this is not a cooking blog. Also, I’m lucky to have no food allergies or restrictions. That said, I give you the results of my reading of … Continue reading

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Quick recommendations

The Snow Child (Eowyn Ivey, 2012), inspired by “Snegurochka” (“The Snow Maiden”), a Russian folktale translated by Arthur Ransome and included in his 2016 collection, Old Peter’s Russian Tales. Ivey sets her version in Alaska, early 1900s, where middle-aged Mabel … Continue reading

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Testing the water

Yes, it’s been a while. But I think I’ve licked my case of the “don’t-wants” (as in “I don’t want to …”), and I’m ready to take this thing on again. 2020 and 2021 were years for reading widely and … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2021 Wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who dropped by, to the guest bloggers who wrote such intriguing reviews (and who added several more books to my TBR list), to those who supported this event on Twitter, Facebook, and elsewhere, and to Chris who … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2021 Day 6

Over at Calmgrove, you’ll find the final Witch Week post. Jean (from Howling Frog Books) reviews a sci-fi novel by John Verney that was published more than 60 years ago. Looks like I’ll be spending time in used book stores … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2021 Day 5

We’ve passed the half-way point of Witch Week, with reviews that I hope have given you a few chills. Today, you’ll find my own Witch Week post, about two fantasy novels — Diana Wynne Jones’ The Merlin Conspiracy and Rachel … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2021 Day 4

It’s Science Fiction Wednesday, with Ola and Piotrek, from Re-enchantment Of The World, assessing Roger Zelazny’s classic sci-fi series, The Chronicles of Amber. In any of the 10 novels written between 1970 and 1991, you’ll find royalty threatened by conspiracy … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2021 Day 3

As you read this, I’ll be at the polls, doing my bit as an Election Day worker. If you haven’t voted yet, get yourself out there and do it. Don’t let anyone convince you that your vote doesn’t matter. Today, … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2021 Day 2

Over at Calmgrove, you’ll find our discussion of The Tempest. Ola, Jean, Chris and I had a great time talking about stormy double-dealing, back-stabbing, machinations, and just plain old devilry happening in what’s considered Shakespeare’s final solo project. A suitable … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2021 Day 1

Over at Calmgrove, you’ll find our first guest post for Witch Week, by Lory from Entering the Enchanted Castle. She reviews Megan Whalen Turner’s Queen’s Thief series. The first book in the series, The Thief, is about an expert thief … Continue reading

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