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review 2017-04-27 22:57
Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves: Expanded Edition - Maggie Schein,Jonathan Hannah,Pat Conroy

5 out of 5 stars.... Is it possible to give more stars? I'd like to. Having said that, I'm not sure how, precisely, to review this marvel. It's a collection of stories quite unlike anything I've read before, and that's saying something, my friends, since I read a great deal.


Schein holds a Ph.D. in Ethics and teaching at the University of South Carolina. Her philosophical training serves her well here, as these stories are certainly philosophical. Peter S. Beagle said of her stories, "They are genuinely philosophical in a way which is very rare, frightening in a way far removed from scary, and, most impressively, they are often philosophically frightening — which is almost unheard of." Even he says he hasn't read anything remotely like them in a long time.


Yes, that long time... it brings to mind old tales, myths, sacred stories of ancient cultures, and those are precisely the tales Schein draws from. Her understanding of myth and folk tale is impressive, but so, too, is her understanding of the yearnings, fears, passions of the human (and at times non-human) heart.


Medicine men, monks, immortals, witches, seekers, wise talking animals, all make their appearances. In fact, the world Schein creates is one in which everything, everyone, from tree to priest, vibrate with life and the sacred power of story.


Truly, I feel these are stories with the power to transform. HIGHLY recommended.

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text 2017-04-27 20:36
Reading progress update: I've read 35%.
Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy

Once again I love how Maeve Binchy shaped short stories. I read this one after "Evening Class" and wished that I had this one first. That's because some of the people in this collection show up in other Binchy works.


The first part of the book talks about how the Whitehorn woods are under threat. The location of a sacred well (St. Ann's) that people come to, to tell their tales to in order to get help is sometimes moving and other times sad.


"The Sharpest Knife in the Drawer" talks about a young man that is seen as not being as smart as others. Even though that may be true, his trust in people and other things definitely shows how good a person he is. His family is fairly terrible though.


The main character of Father Brian Flynn shows up in a few books and is what I would consider the main character. He is dealing with his sister being back and his terrible brother who has left his wife for another woman. 


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text 2017-04-27 16:04
Reading progress update: I've read 1%.
Whitethorn Woods - Maeve Binchy

Going to read this via my Kindle which shows 354 pages.










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review 2017-04-25 18:09
AB Negative
AB Negative - Kevin P Thornton,Robert Bose,Shona Jayne Barnard,R. Overwater,Al Onia,S.G. Wong,Brent Nichols,Axel Howerton,Axel Howerton,Susan Calder,Therese Greenwood,Randy McCharles,Sharon Wildwind,Dwayne E. Clayden,Janice Macdonald

A solid little collection of short stories in the mystery and noir genres.  I have the pleasure of being familiar with several of the authors because of a writers & readers conference that I attend here in Calgary each August. 


With short stories, I often find myself wishing that they were longer and more detailed—several of these stories would, in my opinion, have been better suited to novel-length works, or at least novellas.  As with most short story collections, some appealed to me more than others.


It was refreshing to read stories set in my home province and, in some cases, in my own city.  I also give kudos for the very clever title of the volume (AB is the abbreviation for Alberta, dovetailing nicely with the blood group).

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review 2017-04-24 15:03
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Tangled In Shadows: Kyn Kronicles Short Stories (The Kyn Kronicles) by Jami Gray
Tangled In Shadows: Kyn Kronicles Short Stories - Jami Gray
Tangled In Shadows is a collection of stories that add to the novels. Set in between the full length stories, you learn a little bit extra about the characters as you share a short snapshot into their current lives.
If you read them in the order suggested, with the full length novels as well, then you get a brilliantly rounded picture of both the Kyn world, and specific characters too. Exceedingly well written, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt the reading flow, these short stories are gems just waiting to be discovered. Highly recommended by me.
* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *
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