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Two jewels

Here are two perfect gems, complex and satisfying, with characters so vibrant they nearly leap into your lap to join you as you read. Eva Ibbotson’s Journey to the River Sea (2001) starts us off in a London boarding school for … Continue reading

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A treat for my UK friends

I’m a bit of a labyrinth freak, so I keep track of things like World Labyrinth Day (first Saturday in May each year) and festivals, like this one: Saffron Walden Maze Festival, 16-19 August, for which they’ve added several temporary … Continue reading

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Of dragonflies and an unusual fairy

The Black Fairy and the Dragonfly, Paul G. Day Rating: 4.8 stars If you’ve spent any time at all around a pond in the summer, you’ve seen them. The dragonflies. Madly flitting about, they’re the kamikazes of the insect kingdom. … Continue reading

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One of my desert-island books

From my other blog: Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt (1975), Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 139 pp. I had heard about this book for many years before I finally sat down and read it in the mid-1980s, and I was sorry I … Continue reading

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Shakespeare is 449 years old today!

I’ve been invited to participate in the ‘Happy Birthday Shakespeare’ project again this year, so I place keyboard under fingertips to ponder Shakespeare’s influence on everything cultural. Just a short post this time, because to do it justice you’ll need … Continue reading

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Marketing worries

A writer friend/colleague launched her book 2 days ago, and it was great fun to attend the event, as well as instructive. I’ve seen launches only in the movies, or at the midnight frenzies for the later volumes of JKRowling’s … Continue reading

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Kenning Magic, cover art

a detail. more changes could be on their way, but it’s getting realer as the big day approaches.

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