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August Wrap-Up: A Comically Hot (Yet Bookish) Month

Oh August! The month where my lawn turns scorched-sun yellow and the humidity poofs out my hair like Monica on Friends...

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Enough Doom & Gloom – Fictional Worlds I Want to Visit (and Maybe Stay Forever)

There has been much talk lately about how books, particularly speculative fiction such as Orwell's 1984, are cautionary tales for the slippery slope the world is proceeding down. I need a break from that doom and gloom. So, let's talk about fictional worlds where I might actually like to visit or even live.

Monday Blog: When Book Endings Let Us Down

All good things must come to an end, even books. What happens when that end disappoints?

Friday Five: 5 Completely Unique and Perfect Books for Your Independence Day Reading Needs

It's getting close to 4th of July and, in the US, that means it's time for the yearly summer celebration of Independence. Of course, it's not just a day. No, no. America sort of invented over-the-top, consumer-filled celebrations...It must be a whole weekend. A whole weekend in which you might find some time to read.

Scifi Books Expose the Consequences of Humans Ignoring Their Impact on Nature

Given the rolling back of climate change regulations in the US, which is based not on data or reality or science, but rather on the influence of greedy oil and coal mega-companies and their government lackeys, I thought a blog discussing writers who have exposed the consequences of human ignorance, selfishness and arrogance on the world climate through fiction was appropriate today.

On Lincoln’s Birthday: The Eloquence of A Great Leader

oday, February 12, is Abraham Lincoln's birthday. He is viewed by many as one of the greatest, or maybe the greatest, President in US history. But what made him a great leader? It was at least in part, his ability to verbalize thoughts eloquently, like a writer.

A Review of The Handmaid’s Tale: Fictional Masterpiece or Blueprint for Our Destruction?

Unlike the people helping George Orwell's 1984 sell out at amazon, I didn't decide to read The Handmaid's Tale to educate myself on what life might be like in the "hands" of a fascist regime. I picked it up because I'd always wanted to read it. I didn't even know much about the story at the time.

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