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  • Midnight in Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale
    Midnight in Austenland: A Novel by Shannon Hale
    Midnight in Austenland: the Novel by Shannon Hale is the second book about Austenland, a magical place where the company is genteel and romance is guaranteed. Although the place will be familiar to readers of Austenland, this book is definitely a...
  • Humboldt County Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat, California
    Fictional books that feature Humboldt county characters
    Many that live in 'the city' think of Humboldt county, nestled in the redwood trees along the California coast, as some little backwards community. We may be small and we may not have all the opportunities and advantages of more...
  • The front cover of an edition of "Of Mice and Men"
    Part 3: 'The Pearl' versus 'Of Mice and Men'
    On the other hand, the main theme of Of Mice and Men is the issue of euthanasia. Sparta, a city-state of Ancient Greece, strongly upheld its pro-stance on this act by promptly terminating the lives of all infants who were not born fully healthy....
  • The front cover of an edition of "The Pearl"
    Part 2: 'The Pearl' versus 'Of Mice and Men'
    When Kino’s only son becomes fatally ill, the attending doctor purposely cheats Kino and causes the infant to die. Kino’s wife Juana becomes emotionally separated from Kino as she personally witnesses him transform from a naïve...
  • Pearls of great price
    Part 1: 'The Pearl' versus 'Of Mice and Men'
    "Nothing is permanent except change." ~HeraclitusEvery Christian remembers and recognizes the famous parables of Jesus Christ. In each of them, Jesus repeatedly draws comparisons from everyday life in terms of the spiritual and morality,...
  • Never Let Me Go
    Albuquerque library harbors 10 copies of ‘Never Let Me Go’
    (Current fiction and quality fiction of the past.)‘Never Let Me Go’ (Knopf) by Kazuo Ishiguro isa novel superb in its view of the deeper side of romance and escape, of life itself. The Albuquerque library harbors 10 copies of the novel...
  • Never Let Me Go
    ‘Never Let Me Go’ offers a different kind of romantic escape
    (Current fiction and quality fiction of the past.)‘Never Let Me Go’ (Knopf) by Kazuo Ishiguro isa novel superb in its view of the deeper side of romance and escape, of life itself.If you like writers in the tradition of Ian McEwan,...
  • 'The Fat Detective' by John Soennichsen
    'The Fat Detective' will make you hungry for a sequel
    What is it about Spokane that inspires so many local writers to use the Lilac City as the setting for their murder mysteries? Is it a simple matter of using familiar locations? Is it a natural outgrowth of the love/hate relationship many people...
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
    Holes by Louis Sachar
    Stanley was convicted of stealing a pair of tennis shoes. Instead of going to jail, he was sent to Camp Green Lake for 18 months. Camp Green Lake is a Juvenile Correctional Facility. At Camp Green Lake, Stanley has to dig one five foot by five...
  • The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
    The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
    The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey is Jane Eyre, updated, modernized (to the mid-twentieth century), and modified.The story is best at the beginning where Gemma's mistreatment at the hands of her aunt and cousins is detailed. She...
  • 'Dead Iron' by Devon Monk
    'Dead Iron' a rousing steampunk western
    Sometimes, the tagline on a book's cover says it all."Dead Iron" is the first book in science fiction and fantasy author Devon Monk's new steampunk western series The Age of Steam. The first hint of what readers in the Spokane...
  • Kevin Sorbo as Hercules in the long-running TV series "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys"
    Part 6: Helen of Troy is now a headstrong and indomitable warrior
    Another way that Nobody’s Prize expands even further the world of Nobody’s Princess is through the subject of romance and relationships. Love is not on Helen’s to-do list, but she falls in love anyway and eventually accepts her...
  • Todd Armstrong as Jason (center) in the 1963 film "Jason and the Argonauts"
    Part 5: Helen of Troy is now a headstrong and indomitable warrior
    Graphic violence and cruelty are part of the daily routine aboard the Argo. Theseus is out of the story, but in comes a new antagonist: Jason. Like Theseus, Jason vehemently claims to be the son of a god, but he never acts like one. In fact, he is...
  • The front cover of "Nobody's Prize"
    Part 4: Helen of Troy is now a headstrong and indomitable warrior
    Nobody’s Prize, on the other hand, is a completely different picture of Helenand Greek mythology. In Nobody’s Princess, Helen was on her own turf, dealing with arrogant leaders of men and a critical audience. Nobody’s Prize...
  • The Flame Alphabet book cover
    NY Jewish books: The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus
    A language epidemic erupts among Jewish families; children's speech makes their parents deathly ill. Soon it spreads to the rest of the population. This dark fantasy is the premise of Jewish New Yorker Ben Marcus's new novel, The Flame...
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