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photo 2016-11-05 19:12
So this happened.
In Rough Country: Essays and Reviews - Joyce Carol Oates

Joyce Carol Oates retweeted me. Twice. I need a lie-down.

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text 2016-08-10 20:45
Reading progress update: I've read 2%.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes (The Heirloom Collection) - Bill & Martin Greenberg (eds.), Ian Fleming, Leslie Charteris, John D. MacDonald, W. Somerset Maugham, Peter O'Donnell, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Erle Stanley Gardner, John Jakes, Edward D. Hoch, Cornell Woolrich, William E. Barrett, Bruce Cassiday, Mic

This is somehow even more shippy on audio than on paper. Didn't think that was possible.

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review 2014-08-11 04:33
Skinny by Donna Cooner
Skinny - Donna Cooner

I really liked this book. I thought it was very entertaining and could be read in one sitting. It was filled with cliches and it was extremely predictable, but you kind of know that going into this book. It's nothing life changing but it is entertaining enough that it doesn't make you want to pull your hair out by the time you get to the end of it. The characters are mediocre to say the least and the writing was okay. Still, if you like fun and fast reads, I think you should give this a try. No harm done if you decide it's not something for you. Give it a shot!

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text 2014-05-05 10:34
Nordic LARP - Jaakko Stenros, Markus Montola (eds.)

NR: Stenros & Montola (eds.) - Nordic LARP

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review 2013-06-05 00:00
Celebrating children's books: Essays on children's literature in honor of Zena Sutherland
Celebrating Children's Books: Essays on Children's Literature in Honor of Zena Sutherland - Betsy Hearne,Marilyn Kaye I checked this book out for E.L. Konigsburg's contribution, "Ruthie Britten and Because I Can," those being her answers to the question "Why do you write children's books?" Any of the authors' essays are worth a look, especially for people who are interested in any of the contributors. David Macaulay has a wickedly funny essay about creating children's nonfiction picture books, filled with dubious wisdom such as "Any clues in a picture, for instance, that might increase a child's awareness of and sensitivity toward his or her environment should be completely removed."

I didn't find the essay on nonsense verse illuminating at all. Ursula Nordstrom's essay on editing children's books is magnificent, although of course a lot of the specific business advice is centuries out of date now. The same goes for a lot of the pieces at the end about the children's book business, which are at best historical artifacts at this point.
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