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Jan 12

Review: How I Became a Famous Novelist

How I Became a Famous Novelist by Steve Hely Good humor straddles that razor’s edge between what we all know and what we dare not speak of. This novel started out balancing on that fine line very well. The protagonist, Pete Tarslaw, decides to write a novel so he can become famous and show up …

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Jan 10

Secret Fear of a Grammar-Fiend

If you’re going to operate on people’s brains, you don’t need to know how to use an apostrophe. If you’re going to drive a┬árace car, you don’t need to know how to use an apostrophe. If you’re going to write signs, you need to have that apostrophe business down cold, damnit. If your store needs …

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Jan 07

Book Review: The Canterbury Tales, a Retelling by Peter Ackroyd

The Canterbury Tales: A Retelling by Peter Ackroyd I took a class in Middle English in college, and quickly realized that it was about as comprehensible as Dutch. Unlike Shakespeare, Middle English has to be translated. Too bad, because what I read of The Canterbury Tales seemed interesting. So when I saw this at the …

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Dec 30

Review: Shades of Milk and Honey

Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette Kowal I’d had a spell of reading dull, tedious, and difficult books, and had quite lost my appetite for reading, so I was glad to finally get my hands on a copy of SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY, about which I’d heard many pleasant things. This novel …

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Dec 07

Meanest Mommy

Big Critter is eleven. She has her own cell phone, and she loves to text. What she doesn’t like is to walk anywhere. She would rather be driven everywhere she wants to go, or in a pinch, to be borne by slaves in a palanquin. She says it’s not her fault, she’s just lazy, as …

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