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More Happiness with The Girl….

I finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest in audiobook on my way down here to Bend, Oregon (a seven hour drive). Its the third book in Stieg Larsson’s wonderful trilogy.   They are titled correctly — every one begins with the “The Girl Who…”  and that is exactly who the books are about.  The …

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Reading Recommendation: The Specific Gravity of Grief, by Jay Lake

I’ll start out by quoting myself twice – the following blurb is on the back cover of the book: “We tend to clothe cancer in pretty words, to hide its savage nature from our innermost frightened hearts.  In The Specific Gravity of Grief, Jay Lake used pretty words to clothe cancer in the rags of …

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Reading Recommendation: The Girl Who Played with Fire

Well, this is the second Stieg Larsson I’ve recommended.   I’ve already bought the third.  And again become sad there will be no more.  These are good, well-written thrillers.  They’re paced in a way that a reader stays interested and yet can breath out from time to time.  They are in an exotic place, and they …

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Reading Recommendation: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Steig Larsson

I wander out of genre regularly to keep my head up and learn other tricks and tropes.  Writers rather need to do that, in my opinion, and I’m lucky enough to have a group of writers who explore multiple genres with me.  While I will actually read a text version to do my analysis, I …

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Reading Recommendation: The Love We Share Without Knowing, by Christopher Barzak

I just finished this book as my reward for a long (and pleasant) convention and getting 5K or more words done as well.  After I read the last page, I realized I had been putting it off because I didn’t wanted to get to the end.  It’s so magical and sweet and faintly sad I …

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Reading Recommendation: Flesh and Fire, by Laura Anne Gilman

Flesh and Fire: Book One of The Vineart War is one of most unique new fantasy worlds I’ve read in a long time, full of new ideas to clothe another of my favorite things:  coming of age stories. I highly recommend this to anyone who loves award-winning fantasy like Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Curse of Chalion.”  …

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Reading Recommendation: The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

At World Fantasy, they give you a ton of books.  I had brought one with me (Ken Scholes’ Canticle) which I finished there.  I also bought a new book, Ekaterina Sedia’s “The Alchemy of Stone.” Besides an art book (and art) by John Picacio, and a collection by my friend Tobias Buckell, that’s all I …

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