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Winter Fire by Laurie Dubay

It isn’t often that we find a self-published author of YA fantasy who has the skills to make “real” novelists sit up. In the case of Laurie Dubai, the ability to create striking and evocative descriptions of characters and scenes raises the impact of her novels a whole level. “Winter Fire” is a Y/A fantasy […]

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Canadian Pie By Will Ferguson

Writing a review for a novel is easy. You have a pretty good idea what readers are expecting from that type of book, and one of your main tasks is to tell them whether the author has succeeded in fulfilling those expectations or not. Reviewing something like Will Ferguson’s “Canadian Pie” is much more difficult, […]

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Xenophobia By Peter Cawdron

When I start to read another one of those “Alien Spaceship Approaching” stories where the author speculates on how earthlings will react (as a rule, badly, with panic and aggression), I’m always wondering, “Does this author have anything original enough to make the story interesting?” Well, as the old car ad said, “You got it, Peter.” […]

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The Importance of Being Seven: A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith

“Nothing really happened – and then everything happened.” This sentence, which begins Chapter 84, is the best descriptor I could find for the whole book. Of course, nothing ever happens in a 44 Scotland Street novel. That is, nothing in the eventful, exciting, murder/mayhem/fire/flood/havoc sense. What really “happens” in a McCall Smith novel is that […]

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