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Book Review: The Broken Kingdom

Strangely, I’ve been alternating Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy with Pullman’s Golden Compass/Dark Materials… and it works. There is something interesting about how both deal with spirituality, the impact of the unknown on our lives, and dust… though Jemisin’s dust in Broken Kingdoms takes the form of charcoal, conte crayon, paint, and eventually dried blood. Still, there’s […]

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Book Review: The Serpent of Venice

What a great book! I really enjoyed almost every turn and nuance. Christopher Moore has pulled together The Merchant of Venice and Othello into a compelling story of antisemitism, racism, revenge, economics, and dragons. Most important though, it’s really, really funny. This adaptation never loses its tone or its “authentic” voice and Moore’s interwoven Shakespearean […]

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Book Review: Uprooted

This was the first audio book I tried out using Overdrive. My experience was mixed. The voiceover had a nice subtle Eastern European accent, but the read itself was oddly staggered as if English was a second language and the reader was struggling to come up with the right word. As such, the narrative had […]

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An Artist’s Place

A prevailing wind that many authors and artists must navigate these days is the notion that they should shut up and entertain… that art should not be political or delve into sociological concerns. In wrestling with this, I think about the popularity of the Little Rascals and Shirley Temple during the Great Depression. The need […]

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