Celebrating Shakespeare: As You Like It by William Shakespeare

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I get it.  As You Like It is not considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies.  It certainly doesn’t have strong leads who can dash off continuous lines of sparkling repartee like Much Ado About Nothing.  It doesn’t have the fantastic fantasy of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  It doesn’t have the slapstick potential of The Comedy [….]

LitStack Review: Skullsworn by Brian Staveley

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Skullsworn (Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series) Brian Staveley Tor Books Release Date: April 25, 2017 ISBN 978-0-7653-8987-9 One of the major strengths of Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne epic fantasy series (The Emperor’s Blades, The Providence of Fire, The Last Mortal Bond), is his characters. While often they sit comfortably in a [….]

LitStack Review: Bodies of Water by T. Greenwood

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Bodies of Water T. Greenwood Kensington Books Publication Date: September 24, 2013 ISBN 978-0-7582-5093-3 In an interview with the San Diego Reader, author Tammy Greenwood talked about getting caught by Hurricane Irene while visiting her family in Massachusetts in August 2011.  “We were totally stranded. I couldn’t drive through the crazy weather. We ended up [….]

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

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Ordinary Grace William Kent Krueger Atria Books Publication Date: March 26, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4516-4582-8 I have a confession to make.  I had ulterior motives when reading William Kent Krueger‘s novel, Ordinary Grace.  I felt compelled to read this book, and share it if it bore out being as good as I assumed it would be.  [….]

LitStack Review: The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla

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The World of the End Ofir Touché Gafla Translated from the Hebrew by Mitch Ginsburg Tor Books English Edition: June 25, 2013 ISBN 978-0-7653-3356-8 If there is any “location” that has been written about more than any other, it would be the place that exists (or doesn’t) once our lives on this mortal coil are [….]

LitStack Review: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

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The Storyteller Jodi Picoult Emily Bestler Books First Edition: February 26, 2013 ISBN 978-1-4391-0276-3 What is the point of trying to put down on paper emotions that are too complex, too huge, too overwhelming to be confined by an alphabet? Love isn’t the only word that fails. Hate does, too. Love.  Hate.  Life.  Death.  Survival.  [….]

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 [….]

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle

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Life After Life Jill McCorkle Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill First Edition: March 26, 2013 ISBN 978-1-56512-255-0 Joanna has returned to her childhood home of Fulton, North Carolina, to be with her father in his last days; something she was not able to do for her mother.  Afterwards, she ended up staying, taking over the [….]

Threading the Needle by Marie Bostwick

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Threading the Needle Marie Bostwick Kensington Books ISBN 978-0-7582-3217-5 — ♦ — Madelyn Baron’s husband, a wealthy finance mogul, has been arrested and jailed for his role in a Ponzi scheme. All their money and material possessions have been confiscated. Madelyn is left with nothing but a small inheritance and a run-down house left to her by [….]