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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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Eye Candy by Ryan Schneider

In “Eye Candy,” Ryan Schneider follows the philosophy/action blend of Asimovian promisory fiction; deep thoughts, interesting characters, a creative future setting, tense action. Well, maybe he doesn’t push the philosophy too hard, but that’s all to the better. The first part of the story tells about Dan Olivaw (Asimov fans are hearing the “spoiler” bells […]

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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling

I have always been in awe of J. K. Rowling, both for her amazing financial success and for her positive effect in attracting millions of children to take up reading. However, I’m not alone in wondering whether she is the one-trick-pony with the most astounding trick that ever hit the publishing world. Unfortunately, “The Casual Vacancy,”  her […]

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