Love Slave – Book Review

This is not the world I imagined, the world I set out for, the world I even admire. My friends used to talk about a love that makes one stagger. No one told me about disappointment. No one mentioned necessity. – from Love Slave – Sybil Weatherfield is fast approaching thirty. She lives in New…

City of Dark Magic – Giveaway

City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte 464 pages ISBN 9780143122685 Penguin | 27 Nov 2012 City of Dark Magic is the debut novel by the mysterious Magnus Flyte (pseudonym for authors Meg Howrey and Christina Lynch) and it has captured my imagination and interest – I can’t wait to read my copy which is…

Sea of Ink – Book Review

This story is about Zhu Da, the Prince of Yiyang, distant descendant of the Prince of Ning, the seventeenth son of the founder of the Ming dynasty. – from Sea of Ink, page 8 – Richard Weihe makes the observation that the paintings and calligraphy of the influential Chinese poet and painter, Bada Shanren (a…

The Dangers of Proximal Alphabets – Book Review

But even one letter changes a meaning entirely; no matter their proximity, different points of an alphabet refuse to be represented as the same: there’s no guarantee that someone standing at precisely the same longitude and latitude as you will remember the view the same way, no promise that one person’s memory of a moment…

Mailbox Monday – November 26, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the memeto see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Here is what showed up at my house this week: Wanderers: Stories by Edward Belfar (Stephen F. Austin University Press, June 2012)…

The Orphan Master’s Son – Book Review

The darkness inside your head is something your imagination fills with stories that have nothing to do with the real darkness around you. – from The Orphan Master’s Son, page 15 – Jun Do is growing up in a North Korean work house for orphans, but he is not an orphan – he is the…

Winner – Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm: A New English Version by Philip Pullman Viking (November 12, 2012) 406 pages Thank you to all who entered the contest to win a copy of this classic book…but there can only be one winner and tonight I used Random.org to choose the lucky person. Congratulations to: Natasha from…

Flight Behavior – Book Review

A small shift between cloud and sun altered the daylight, and the whole landscape intensified, brightening before her eyes. The forest blazed with its own internal flame. “Jesus,” she said, not calling for help, she and Jesus weren’t that close, but putting her voice in the world because nothing else present made sense. – from…

Mailbox Monday – November 12, 2012

Welcome to this week’s Mailbox Monday and which is hosted by Kathy at Bermuda Onion this month. Visit the dedicated blog for the meme to see the complete tour schedule in the right sidebar. Here is what showed up at my house this week: Ecco/Harper Collins sent me a hard cover edition of The Stockholm…