LitStack Review: The Jesus Cow by Michael Perry

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The Jesus Cow Michael Perry Harper Release Date:  May 19, 2015 ISBN 978-0-06-228991-9 You know you’re reading a mighty special book when the two sentence prologue completely captivates: On Christmas Eve itself, the bachelor Harley Jackson stepped into his barn and beheld there illuminated in the straw a smallish newborn bull calf upon whose flank [….]

LitStack Review: ‘Shotgun Lovesongs’ by Nickolas Butler

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Shotgun Lovesongs Nickolas Butler Thomas Dunne Books Release Date:  March 11, 2014 ISBN 978-1-250-03981-1 It’s rare when  you read a book set in the rural heartland, and the characters feel grounded and real – not quirky or bizarre or bruised or brutal – just an ordinary sort of real.  It almost seems that there’s a [….]

LitStack Review: Alliance – The Paladin Prophecy Book 2 by Mark Frost

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Alliance: The Paladin Prophecy Book 2 Mark Frost Random House Release Date:  January 7, 2014 ISBN 978-0-375-87046-7 Adventure/fantasy lit for young readers is really hot right now.  Really hot.  I’m not talking the young adult supernatural vampires and werewolves or zombies material – I mean stories where kids, sometimes barely into their teens, are thrust [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Will and Me

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My kids owe their lives to William Shakespeare.  No, really, they do.  But let me back up a bit. I’m not sure when I first became aware of William Shakespeare.  No doubt I read a play or two in high school  – “Romeo and Juliet”, probably, maybe “King Lear” or “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – [….]

Gimbling in the Wabe – Hey, Batter, Batter!

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I enjoy sports, but I love baseball.  I mean, I Really Love Baseball.  Mid-January through mid-March are barren for me, not because of the cold, snow or ice, but because they are devoid of baseball or even the distraction of football and the holidays.  The day that pitchers and catchers report to camp is my [….]