Richard Adams, 1920 – 2016

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Richard Adams, the author of the iconic children’s book, Watership Down, has died at age 96. He had been ill for some time, but died peacefully at 10:00 pm on Christmas Eve. His daughter, Juliet Johnson, was with her father when he died, and took comfort that they had had a long, loving talk the [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – What is a Writer?

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(Due to this nasty thing known as a “deadline”, this Gimbling in the Wabe is a repeat of one first posted here in 2014.  I think it’s still a pretty good one, if I do say so myself….) ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ So what is a “writer”? Common sense would tell us a writer [….]

Happy Birthday, Tee!

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    We here at LitStack couldn’t let the day pass without wishing a very happy birthday to our illustrious leader, Editor-in-Chief Tee Tate!  Not only is Tee a wonderful boss who has put so much love and effort into this website, but she’s a talented novelist, a good friend, and an all around incredible [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Beautiful, Beautiful Words

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There are quite a few memorable first sentences in literature:  “Call me Ishmael.”  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…”  “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”  Or, my personal favorite, “In a hole [….]

LitStack Review: Finders Keepers by Stephen King

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Finders Keepers Stephen King Scribner Release Date:  June 2, 2015 ISBN 978-1-5011-0007-9 Finders Keepers is Stephen King’s love letter to literature.  A blood drenched, visceral, scary love letter to literature. The story centers around writer John Rothstein, who is considered by some to be one of America’s greatest authors, akin to Hemingway, Salinger, Vonnegut, Steinbeck, [….]

10:04 by Ben Lerner

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10:04 Ben Lerner Faber and Faber Release Date:  September 2, 2014 ISBN 978-0-86547-810-7 It’s not very often that I recommend a book where very little happens.  I’ve got to admit that I like a book with at least a little action; I can take a lot of philosophizing, musing, and just plain stream of consciousness [….]

LitStack Review: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

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The Silkworm Robert Galbraith Little, Brown and Company Release Date:  June 19, 2014 ISBN978-0-316-20687-7 I daresay, even if I didn’t know that Robert Galbraith was a pen name of J.K. Rowling, I still would thoroughly enjoy the Cormoran Strike detective novels, of which The Silkworm is the second installment (The Cuckoo’s Calling being the first). [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – What is a Writer?

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So what is a “writer”? Common sense would tell us a writer is “one who writes”, at least using the word in its broadest term.  Google defines “writer” as “a person who has written a particular text”, and then goes on to give various and sundry examples, from professional to scribe to composer to data [….]

LitStack Review: What Makes This Book So Great by Jo Walton

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What Makes This Book So Great Jo Walton Tor Release Date:  January 21, 2014 ISBN 978-0-7653-3193-9 Between 2008 and 2011, Nebula and Hugo Award winning author Jo Walton (Among Others) wrote a blog hosted on Tor.com, wherein she discussed various topics within her chosen genre of science fiction/fantasy.  Being a prolific reader throughout her entire [….]

A Farewell to Elmore Leonard

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Leonard Elmore died on August 20, 2013 at his home in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, after suffering a stroke on July 29.  He was 87. Even if you hadn’t read any of his early pulp Western stories or his later crime thrillers, there’s a good chance that you are still familiar with his works.  The 1995 [….]