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review 2014-07-31 09:35
Book-A-Day #31: One that reminds you of someone special
The Days of Anna Madrigal - Armistead Maupin

New Review! The 31st and last day of July's Book-A-Day meme asks us about a book that reminds us of someone special. I chose




My dear Gentleman Caller. A love story about daffy and flawed people? How could I *not* think of him?

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review 2014-07-30 21:02
Book-A-Day #30: Don't care, reviewed VILLAGE BOOKS
Village Books - Craig McLay

A funny, flawed first novel today:




Made me laugh out loud a few times, and that's worth more than three stars.

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review 2014-07-29 21:32
Book-A-Day #29: Couldn't think of a charming villain so...
Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers - Paul Dickson

New Review! AUTHORISMS: Words Wrought by Writers




The story of English is complicated, made more so by the weird rules, the incomprehensibly vat vocabulary, and the magpie's glee English speakers take in vacuuming up words from every language that has a cool one or two that strike our collective fancy.


Then come the authors, eager to be the first on the block with another spiffy neologism, and good gracious it's a wonder any of us can understand our own thoughts! Word-books like this one, set up for browsing, are a fun and interesting way to add depth to our own understanding of English and enrich our vocabularies while chuckling, giggling, and pondering happily.

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review 2014-07-28 15:01
Book-A-Day #28: HOUNDED
Hounded - Kevin Hearne

On Day 28 of following the Doubleday UK meme for July, we've come to the moment I've been waiting for: Who's your favorite animal in fiction?




OBERON!! The Wolfhound With The Mostest!

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review 2014-07-27 16:24
Book-A-Day #27: WORST Parents in Fiction
We Need New Names - NoViolet Bulawayo

I hated this book. It was tolerably written. It was just so, so, I can't find the word...smugly pleased with its dreary on-trendness...oh yeah, HIP! That's the word. Hip.




Last year's Book Prize panel put this one on the map. I genuinely do not know why it was on any of the judges' lists. It in no way stands out from any pack it is a member of.

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