Category Archives: Fantasy

Another quick recommendation

Kelly Barnhill, When Women Were Dragons (2022, Doubleday/Random House) Run, don’t walk, to your nearest library and get your name on the waiting list for When Women Were Dragons. Waiting list, because the book most likely has been checked out. … Continue reading

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#WitchWeek2022

In just a few more weeks, Witch Week begins, and if you don’t know what that’s about, head over to Calmgrove’s blog to find out what he and I are rustling up for this year’s celebration of fantasy novels. Get … Continue reading

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ULYSSES+ Quarterly Report

NYC has had its usual share of rainy weather since the start of the year, which means that I’ve been making good progress on my ULYSSES+ project. In just 3 months, I’ve read 5 of the 12 books-published-in-1922 chosen as … Continue reading

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ULYSSES+

You may already know that 2022 is the 100th anniversary of the publication of James Joyce’s Ulysses, which I first read about 50 years ago, while a senior at university. The professor organized the class so that we read a … 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 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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Which Week Witch Week

Not long now until Witch Week 2021 comes to haunt us. An event first begun by Lory Hess at The Emerald City Book Review (she now blogs at Entering the Enchanted Castle), Witch Week is an annual series of guest … Continue reading

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So long, hiatus

Well, she wrote grumpily, I suppose it’s time I added another post to my blog. Let people know I’m still around. Give my brain a bit of a workout …. especially with this new block editor on WP (WHY WHY … Continue reading

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