Book Review: Oona Out of Order, by Margarita Montimore

I absolutely love the premise of Oona Out of Order, and the more I think about it, the more it intrigues me. I have a number of unanswered questions about how it all works, but that’s a good thing…those questions have given me lots to think about, even a week or more after finishing the book. (Very, very sneaky, Margarita Montimore. [fist bump])

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Book Review: Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami

I’m not sure how I want to talk about this book. I’ve read a number of Murakami’s books, and Norwegian Wood is the most down-to-earth of the bunch. There is none of Murakami’s “typical” magical realism in this one. It is a pretty straightforward story (relatively speaking) about Toru’s coming-of-age and his coming to terms with death and the mental health issues of the girl he loves.

Book Review: A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Wizard of Earthsea is the first book in Ursula K. Le Guin’s Earthsea Cycle. Le Guin wrote this book after being asked by the editor of Parnassus Press to write a fantasy novel for younger readers. Le Guin had never written something for the young adult audience before, and really, when this book was published in 1968, the young adult book market was just becoming a thing.

Book Review: Tender Cuts, by Jayne Martin

I’ve said before that I think the short story is harder to write than the novel and that it takes more skill to get it right. If that’s the case, then flash fiction must really take a lot of skill when it’s done right. Due to it’s very nature, flash fiction is either going to work or it isn’t. In the case of Tender Cuts, it definitely works.

Book Review: Foundation, by Isaac Asimov #VintageSciFi

I have been meaning to read Foundation for years. When I was a kid, my dad and my Nonny had these science fiction magazines, the kind that looked more like a mass market paperback than what we think of as magazines today. I don’t remember the titles of them — there were a couple different ones — but I remember them having a lot of Isaac Asimov stories in them, and I loved those stories.

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