LitStack Review: Rare Objects by Kathleen Tessaro

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Rare Objects Kathleen Tessaro Harper Release Date:  April 12, 2016 ISBN 978-0-0623-5754-0 In 2013, Kathleen Tessaro’s novel, The Perfume Collector, became one of my favorite reads of all time despite it not falling within the parameters of my preferred genre. Now, three years later, her newest book has been released, and while it doesn’t hold [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Pebble in His Shoe

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“The past is a pebble in my shoe.” ― Edgar Allan Poe Ah, life.  It is fascinating.  Life stories are fascinating.  Sometimes, putting aside a writer’s manuscripts and looking at their “mundane”, real world life proves to be as fascinating as the stories they tell. Take Edgar Allan Poe.  I’ve read Poe, who hasn’t?  I’ve [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Right Idea

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Sometimes, the hardest thing about writing a weekly column is coming up with a good idea.Often for me, ideas seem to appear just in the nick of time – ta dah! – giving me just enough slack to delve into the topic but not enough time to allow it to get too complicated, or too [….]

The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

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The Curiosity Stephen P. Kiernan William Morrow Publication Date:  July 9, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-222106-3 When Dr. Kate Philo of the Carthage Institute for Cellular Seeking heads a scientific expedition exploring the Arctic Sea, the hope is to find a berg with enough hard-ice to house significant numbers of frozen specimens for use in the Institute’s [….]

LitStack Review: Sight Reading by Daphne Kalotay

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Sight Reading Daphne Kalotay Harper Collins First Edition: May 21, 2013 ISBN 978-0-06-224693-6 Sight reading occurs when a musician is asked to perform a piece of music off a written score without ever having seen it before; without rehearsal.  Often used as a test for musical acuity, students hope to muddle through without making too [….]

Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

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Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution Nathaniel Philbrick Viking First Edition: April 30, 2013 ISBN 978-0-670-02544-2 Non-fiction, historical books aren’t supposed to be this good.  They aren’t supposed to be fluid and entertaining.  They are supposed to be full of footnotes and impeccable, dry explication abounding with names and dates and events. Yet [….]