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Dear JK Rowling: The Harry Potter books have brought me much reading enjoyment over the years and, as we begin to read them to my four-year-old (who follows along eagerly with every word), they are bringing him much joy also. But Joanne, why do you hate fat people? As I read from one of the [...]

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I was the youngest of three daughters. Our literal-minded mother named us Grace, Hope, and Honour, but few people except perhaps the minister who had baptized all three of us remembered by given name. My father still likes to tell the story of how I acquired my odd nickname: I had come to him for [...]

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As I watch my son slowly, slowly start to learn the sounds of letters and recognize words, I realize that I’ve been reading for the better part of three decades. Books are comfortable companions, solace in lonely times when other friends have been scarce or far away, and there are certain tomes that I treasure [...]

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In the spirit of letting YOU do the talking (but, of course, being entirely self-centered as journals are wont to do), let’s talk about my books! Go click on the link to my LibraryThing library or pick one of the four titles that displays on the front page, there, down on your lower right. Sort [...]

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I’m surprised that the Bone Doll’s Twin doesn’t seem to be in print (or that Amazon.co.uk is out of stock, anyway) as I think it’s a fantastic book. This is why I’m including a third general fantasy review in this year’s challenge, because it’s really original, very well-written, and I’ve never seen anyone else mention [...]

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Something I’ve been considering for a while now is the way that recommendations by other authors and the famed jacket-quotes influence readers. I know that they’re intended to make a book by a new or lesser-known author seem more appealing to people buying into the bestseller phenomenon, but sometimes they backfire. Anything that gets compared [...]

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I finished The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale while working through The Bloody Chamber and have to confess that my frame of mind was far more conducive to the former! The Goose Girl is a re-telling of the Grimms’ fairy tale of the same name, which tells the story of a princess-turned-goose girl who must [...]

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The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (the link and picture are of a different edition than the one I got from the library, so the stories included may be different) is an anthology of fairytale re-tellings. The tone is dark, as can probably be guessed from the title, which refers to the included version of [...]

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The Riddle-Master trilogy is one that’s been on my list to read for years because it simply is classic fantasy writing. I’m not sure entirely why I’ve never picked it up until now but suspect that it was at least in part due to the fact that the protagonist of the first novel is male [...]

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I am not a book reviewer. In all honesty, I haven’t done any book review that was more than a couple of sentences since the horror days when I had to do book reports for school. Why? When? Where? How? I always disliked setting down my gut instinct in print, especially since the books we [...]

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