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The Screaming Staircase

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Book Review: The Screaming Staircase

I've been a devoted fan of Jonathan Stroud's writing since I picked up The Amulet of Samarkand, the first book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy. From the first word, I was entranced by Stroud's prose, his narration and voice, and the cast of characters inhabiting his stories. Of course, I devoured The Bartimaeus Trilogy in short order, leaving me wit...

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The Ballad of Black Tom

Posted on July 24, 2016 at 5:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Book Review: The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

This is great book. A quick read, and as fine a tale of Lovecraftian horror as you'll find anywhere. LaValle calls up all the grim and wretched detail of the author he draws inspiration from. LaValle also tells a tale that Lovecraft never would.

I'll confess, readily, that despite trying on three occasions I simply cannot ...

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The View From the Cheap Seats

Posted on July 7, 2016 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (1)

Book Review: The View From the Cheap Seats by Neil Gaiman


First, a confession: I am a fan of Neil Gaiman's storytelling, and his speeches, his proclamations on the value of art, of creativity, and of reading. And I cannot help but grin whenever I hear or read of him encouraging new artists to believe in themselves, to go for it. To make their art and to make it good. He's a beacon for all th...

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Cascade Writers

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Cascade Writers Workshops

I just learned about the Cascade Writers Workshops this morning. The workshops present a great opportunity for new and developing writers to meet as colleagues, network, and learn about the writing craft and publishing industry.

The Cascade Writers are a non-profit bunch, running on volunteer power and a lot of goodwill from the genre writing community. I'm told their workshops are similar to what you'd experience at a TEDtalk, with ...

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Author Interview - Justin Robinson

Posted on September 16, 2013 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (1)



If my review is to be believed, Justin Robinson wrote a fantastic book in City of Devils.


Even if you don’t believe me, check the reviews over at Goodreads.

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