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Neil Gaiman And The Creation Of Good Art

In his commencement speech to the University of Arts in Philadelphia on May 17, 2012, writer Neil Gaiman urged students to “make good art [1].”  Specifically, he was encouraging them to make art that only they can make, being original … Continue reading

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Book Review: The View From The Cheap Seats

The View From The Cheap Seats:  Selected Nonfiction, by Neil Gaiman For the record, this is the first book I have read by the author.  Even though I am at least somewhat of a fan of speculative fiction, I have … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Possessed

The Possessed:  Adventures With Russian Books And The People Who Read Them, by Elif Batuman There are times when a cover can adequately prepare someone for the book.  This particular book has a lurid title (and one which makes sense … Continue reading

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Creativity And Imagination In Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess: Part One

I first read A Little Princess when I was in the sixth grade and one of the aspects of the books that struck me as very worthwhile was the way in which creativity and imagination played such an important role … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Selected Canterbury Tales

The Selected Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer, a new verse translation by Sheila Fisher This particular book is an example of the hazards of making a selected translation.  This is by no means a short book (although the fact that … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Origins Of Tolkien’s Middle-earth For Dummies

The Origins Of Tolkien’s Middle-earth For Dummies, by Greg Harvey As someone who has read a few books in this particular series [1], and other series like it, I often ponder whether such a book like this is necessary.  I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dancing With Werewolves

Danving With Werewolves (Delilah Street #1), by Carole Nelson Douglas While it must be admitted that this is competent genre fiction, this book feels like the literary equivalent of gorging oneself on twinkies.  One wonders how would could have better … Continue reading

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Book Review: Good Night, Mr. Holmes

Good Night, Mr. Holmes (Irene Adler #1), by Carole Nelson Douglas In my reading of mystery series, especially those written by women with female protagonists, there is a lot of discussion that I tend to find tedious and irritating, largely … Continue reading

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Book Review: Jane, Unlimited

Jane, Unlimited, by Kristin Cashore It is rare when I read a book that the author anticipates and answers my concerns before I have the chance to rant about them in a review.  When I began reading this book, I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dress Codes For Small Towns

Dress Codes For Small Towns, by Courtney Stevens In many ways, this book serves as a sort of wish fulfillment for rural progressives who long for a way that Christians can prove themselves disloyal to unpopular biblical morality and celebrate … Continue reading

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