Category Archives: Books

When I Die, Please Send Flowers

The world does not need more practicality, more measured decisions, and sterile good sense like “in lieu of flowers.” The world needs beauty in all it’s extravagance. I just finished reading Amy Stewart’s Flower Confidential. For a lot of the book, I … Continue reading

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McKinty’s Cold Cold Ground

In 1981 Belfast, Sean Duffy is a rare endangered creature– a Catholic cop in Northern Ireland. He begins the novel mostly honest and motivated by a desire to battle the violence tearing his community apart.  When I started The Cold … Continue reading

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Adrian McKinty on Bee Candy:

“…a gorgeous, heartfelt, bittersweet novel of love and grief and the possibility of redemption.” I’ve mentioned McKinty’s Forsythe trilogy, and reviewed his novel Falling Glass here on the blog. (I’ll be writing up my review for The Cold Cold Ground soon, but … Continue reading

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A Paean to Anticipation

I love feeling hungry to write. Coming off of a second draft of one project that needs a lot of work, getting ready to dive back in and finish another project’s first draft, I’ve been poised on a pleasant precipice of expectation. … Continue reading

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Ten Reasons to Read an eBook Today

10. Instant gratification. Discover a title you’re dying to start? Standing in a long line with nothing to read? Whip out your smartphone, browse, and download. You’ll have what you’re craving in seconds. 9. You do not have to choose … Continue reading

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Comfortably Numb: The Inside Story of Pink Floyd, Mark Blake

A very journalistic look at the evolution and dissolution of Pink Floyd, which made for a rather stiff though informative read. Blake’s  narrative arc begins just before the band’s brief reunion with Roger Waters for Live Aid 8 in 2005, then zips back in … Continue reading

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“…the most beautiful human obsession.”

According to Daniel Levitin’s This is Your Brain on Music, it’s, well, music. If you’re reading this blog, you’re aware that I agree with Levitin, if for no other reason than it justifies my own obsession. I know I should … Continue reading

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