LitStack Rec: Out of Place & Miranda and Caliban

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Out of Place: A Memoir, by Edward Said Edward Said, the prolific author, political activist, pianist,  and music critic rose to academic stardom in 1978 with the publication of the seminal Orientalism, a critique of the appropriations and misrepresentations that founded Western study of the East. Said, who died in 2003 after battling a rare [….]

LitStack Review: Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

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Miranda and Caliban Jacqueline Carey Tor Books Release Date:  February 14, 2017 IBSN 978-0-7653-9704-1 As a student of Shakespeare, I became familiar with the incredible complexity of many of the Bard’s characters, enlivened by diverse and imaginative interpretations. But some characters are problematic; inchoate, yet peevish if over-analyzed. Ophelia, for example, or Jaques in As [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Tangible Authors

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I am an extremely lucky person.  At times when I am feeling particularly magnanimous, I would even say that I am blessed. I live in an existence where I am surrounded by books.  I own books, I can download books electronically, I have a library nearby where I can not only check out books but [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – The Gift of Jacqueline Carey

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The other day, one of my daughter’s friends returned some books she had borrowed from us about a year ago:  five books written by one of my favorite authors, Jacqueline Carey.  While I had no problem with the books being gone that long, and would gladly lend them out again, having them back in the [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Ten Books that Made Me Who I Am

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So, there was yet another Facebook “game” going around where the person tagged was to list ten books that had made them who they were today.  At first I thought nothing of it, but the idea nagged at me.  This was not “My Ten Favorite Books” or “Ten Books that Influenced Me” or “Ten Books [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – All That You Can’t Leave Behind

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A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine had to evacuate from his home near Idyllwild, CA, due to a raging forest fire in the San Jacinto mountains.  His house, while not directly at risk, would be threatened if the fire could not be brought under control; residents were asked to leave not only [….]

LitStaff Pick: Our Favorite Military Stories

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Earlier this week, we celebrated Memorial Day, a holiday dedicated to the memory of the women and men, and their families, who have sacrificed their lives for the security of our nation and the protection of the liberties and freedoms we Americans enjoy every day. We can all agree that it takes a special caliber [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe: A Gift of Literary Spice

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Ok, so maybe you hate the idea that EL James is Publishing Weekly’s “Publishing Person of the Year” and are frustrated because she was dubbed one of Barbara Walter’s “10 Most Fascinating People” for 2012, not necessarily because of the subject matter in her 50 Shades trilogy, but in how poorly they were written.  (In [….]

Literary Pin-Up Calendar from The Tinker’s Pack

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For The Tinker’s Pack 2013 calendar, the not-for-profit organization founded by Patrick Rothfuss, has teamed up with some of the best authors in the fantasy genre: Peter S. Beagle, Ray Bradbury, Patricia Briggs, Jim Butcher, Jacqueline Carey, Neil Gaiman, Charlaine Harris, Robin Hobb, N.K. Jemisin, George R. R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, and Patrick Rothfuss. The [….]

Essay: Refuting Tolkien

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Steven Lloyd Wilson, Associate Editor of the website Pajiba, uses Tolkien as a jumping off point to explore how some authors such as George RR Martin, Joe Abercrombie and Jacqueline Carey have taken the idea of “the Epic” and moved it in a different direction.  In the short but sweet essay Refuting Tolkien,  he makes [….]