Flash Review – Defenders by Will McIntosh

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Defenders Will McIntosh Orbit Books Release Date:  May 13, 2014 ISBN 978-0-316-21776-7 Sometimes, after reading so much literary fiction, so much esoteric literature, so much finesse and its various accoutrements, a gal just has to have a helping of good old fashion military science fiction.  Alien invasion!  Plucky resistance!  Mankind battling for survival! Will McIntosh’s [….]

LitStack Review: The Adjacent by Christopher Priest

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The Adjacent Christopher Priest Titan Books Publication Date: June 20, 2013 ISBN 978-1-78116-943-8 The Adjacent was a frustrating read.  A glorious, wondrous, frustrating read. You see, I’m not all that good with puzzles.  Things that are linear, sure, but when they start jumping around and requiring sideways or deductive reasoning based on conclusions that are [….]

LitStack Review: Ghost Moth by Michèle Forbes

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Ghost Moth Michèle Forbes Bellevue Literary Press Release Date:  April 16, 2013 ISBN 978-1-934137-60-4 Ghost Moth is a beautifully deceptive book.  It feels light, ethereal, gentle and precious.  Yet it deals with such momentous issues as religious intolerance, infidelity, illness, death.  The truly perilous moments glance by, whereas innocuous times feel fraught with peril.  Innocence [….]

Review & Giveaway: The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

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The Almond Tree Michelle Cohen Corasanti Garnet Publishing Publication Date: September 30, 2012 ISBN 978-1-859643-297 It is so easy to dismiss conflict and strife when it’s halfway across the world.  It’s also easy to read about strife and conflict when you know it’s not real, when you can regulate it to the realm of fantasy.  [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Simple Power of Words

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Words are powerful.  No doubt about that.  Whole civilizations have risen and fallen on the power of words.   Words can move mountains; they have the power to heal, or the power to destroy.  Our ability to communicate through words is part of what makes us human.  But sometimes, their power is much more simple, much [….]

LitStack Review: A Fort of Nine Towers by Qais Akbar Omar

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A Fort of Nine Towers Qais Akbar Omar Farrar, Straus and Giroux First Edition: April 16, 2013 ISBN 978-0374157647 When my daughter was seven years old, she was in 2nd grade in the Minneapolis public school system.  She was a good student, struggled in math some, occasionally had to deal with another girl who liked [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Love’s Labour’s Revisited

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Last November, I reviewed an amazing book about an amazing occurrence in an amazing place.  The name of the book is Shakespeare in Kabul, co-authored by Stephen Landrigan and Qais Akbar Omar.  Ever since I read the book, it has simmered in my mind and heart. With LitStack featuring William Shakespeare as its Author of [….]

Shakespeare in Kabul by Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan

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Shakespeare in Kabul Qais Akbar Omar and Stephen Landrigan Haus Publishing Ltd May 15, 2012 ISBN 978-1-908323-08-8 —♦— In March 2005, a chance meeting in Kabul between a French actress and an American playwright allowed for something amazing to happen:  a first ever theater production of Shakespeare’s Love’s Labour’s Lost in Afghanistan by Afghan actors [….]