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  • 'A Cut-Like Wound'
    Penetrating the Surface: Anita Nair on 'A Cut-Like Wound' (Q&A)
    Today, Hartford Books Examiner welcomes Anita Nair.Ms. Nair is the author of A Cut-Like Wound (Bitter Lemon Press, $14.95), which marks her departure into noir and literary crime fiction. A prize-winning writer, playwright, and essayist of...
  • 'Magician's Land' by Lev Grossman cover art
    'Magician's Land' by Lev Grossman a mostly satisfying conclusion to the trilogy
    The Spokane County Library District (SCLD) continues to provide its patrons with an excellent selection of genre novels at its branches and online for those who enjoy borrowing ebooks from the Digital Downloads collections. One example of the many...
  • 'Witch Lights' by Michael M. Hughes
    'Witch Lights' by Michael M. Hughes
    When I first read “Blackwater Lights” by Michael M. Hughes, I was happy to have discovered a very strong horror/thriller. “Witch Lights” is the second book of the trilogy and I was happy to get an advance review copy for...
  • Modern day wild west fun in Dying for a Dude from Cindy Sample
    Modern day wild west fun in Dying for a Dude from Cindy Sample
    National bestselling northern California author Cindy Sample returns with her soccer mom protagonist in Dying for a Dude, the fourth Laurel McKay Mystery. This outing finds Laurel tackling a decades old murder which may have involved one of her...
  • 'The Escape' by David Baldacci
    Upcoming release: 'The Escape' by David Baldacci
    David Baldacci is the best-selling author of numerous works of fiction including thrillers. His newest release is “The Escape.” It is the third book in the John Puller series and scheduled for release on November 18, 2014.In “The...
  • Kafka on the Shore
    Book Review: 'Kafka on the Shore'
    From best-selling Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the Shore is a story unlike anything you (or at least I) have ever read. A hefty novel at nearly 500 pages, this cultural contemporary classic parallels the tales of two characters on...
  • The Orange Prize
    New novel 'Lila' tells a story of second chances
    The newly released book Lila: A Novel, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson, tells the poignant and compelling story of a neglected toddler Lila, who is rescued and brought up by a clever drifter named Doll. Although there is a...
  • Milk Wood Writers' Cabin: Interior
    Virtual write-ins and writers' cabins for rent in Second Life
    Speaking of virtual write-ins, not all of them are on YouTube. Some of them are in Second Life. You can join other writers from around the world amid soothing sounds and pleasant views without having to leave Boulder or indeed your own home. And...
  • Lighten up the darkening fall days with the festival of Diwali
    Lighten up the darkening fall days with the festival of Diwali
    Today, Oct 23 2014 begins the start of one of the most prominent Hindu festivals- Diwali. It is a festival of lights that focuses on how good triumphs over evil, education triumphs over ignorance and light is victorious over darkness. Diwali is...
  • Indie Book Authors Look Big With Movie Style Trailers
    Indie Book Authors Look Big With Movie Style Trailers
    Most writers, regardless if they are self published, or have the backing of a publishing house, are on their own when it comes to promoting their work. Along with book signing events and social media, one of the biggest tools in the writer’s...
  • In the Woods
    Irish perceptions bless Tana French’s novel ‘In the Woods’
    (Current fiction & past quality fiction)Betsey Van Horn of Austin writes lots of reviews for Amazon and splashed a vivid picture of this 2008 novel when it came out. Examiner read the novel recently and feels what Van Horn wrote might inspire...
  • Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl' and 'Sharp Objects' are powerfully creepy reads
    Gillian Flynn's 'Gone Girl' and 'Sharp Objects' are powerfully creepy reads
    “Gone Girl” needs no introduction, as it has been consistently front and center since its publication in 2012. Recently, it received another boost in its already sky-rocketing rankings by appearing on the big screen in director, David...
  • Halloween Book
    Halloween Reading 2014
    Welcome to my fourth annual round-up of Halloween reading (even though I’ve been doing this column since 2009, I apparently didn’t get this idea until 2011). This isn’t hard-core horror – I can’t sleep if I read...
  • Mercy
    'Mercy' Movie Review
    This month's adaptation extravaganza concludes with 'Mercy', an adaptation of Stephen King's short story, "Gramma". With Halloween coming up and this being the first straight up horror film, I wanted this to be a dark and...
  • Interview with A THOUSAND PERFECT THINGS author Kay Kenyon
    Interview with A THOUSAND PERFECT THINGS author Kay Kenyon
    Kay Kenyon is the author of eleven science fiction and fantasy novels. She is best known for her world-building, especially for her series The Entire and the Rose and for A Thousand Perfect Things. She lives in Eastern Washington with her husband...