Flash Review – Travels With Casey

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Travels With Casey Benoit Denizet-Lewis Simon & Schuster Release Date:  July 22, 2014 ISBN 978-1-4391-4693-4 Premise:  a man sets out in an RV to travel across America with his dog.  No, I’m not talking about John Steinbeck’s 1962 classic Travels with Charley.  “Steinbeck had traveled the country to tell the story of America’s soul,” author [….]

LitStack Review: ‘The Echo’ by James Smythe

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The Echo James Smythe Harper Voyager Publication Date:  January 28, 2014 ISBN 978-0-06-228728-1 Outer space – real space, not the space of zooming starships and photon torpedoes and intergalactic confederacies – is silent.  It is vast, empty.  It is dark.  It is full of the unknown. James Smythe’s novel The Echo captures this expanse of [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – In Reflection After Thanksgiving

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We have a pretty no frills Thanksgiving tradition in my household.  Every year, the family (as many of us as can pull away) loads into the car and we drive about four hours from our house in Minneapolis down to Boone, Iowa.  We usually take a lot of the “peripherals”:  dinner rolls, cranberry sauce, 2 [….]