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SK Revisited: THE SHINING by Stephen ...

SK Revisited: THE SHINING by Stephen King — NOT the Movie by Stanley Kubrick
It’s been a LONG time since I first read THE SHINING. So long and so many books ago that I simply don’t remember when it was, I just remember reading it. And like thousands — probably millions — of other people, I’ve seen Stanley Kubrick’s movie far, far more than I probably should have. Because of that mo [...]

SK Revisited: Problems Between ‘...

SK Revisited: Problems Between ‘Salem’s Lot and Me
So, ok, I’ve said I’m going to reread all of the Stephen King books along with Richard Chizmar of Cemetery Dance. He’s currently on THE SHINING whereas I am still stuck on ‘SALEM’S LOT. Oh, well, so I’m behind. I think that’s the story of my life sometimes. However it’s not been for lack of tryi [...]

SK Revisited: CARRIE by Stephen King,...

SK Revisited: CARRIE by Stephen King, a Review — UPDATED
Carrie was a much better book than I remembered. I think when I read it the first time years ago, I was much more of a plot-driven reader. Meaning I missed a lot of the characterization in the book beyond Carrie White and her mother Margaret. I also was mostly sympathetic empathetic* with Carrie, but then, King wants us to be. It’s not [...]

NaNoWriMo 2014 Thoughts, Day 4

NaNoWriMo 2014 Thoughts, Day 4
Oh, I definitely am participating in National Novel Writing Month this year. And I most definitely want to win. So, I’m — still — struggling to find the voice for my novel. I know you’re not really supposed to worry about that at this stage. You’re just supposed to focus on the 1,667 words a day you need in orde [...]

Stephen King Revisited with Richard C...

Stephen King Revisited with Richard Chizmar — I’m All In!!
Stephen King and Richard Chizmar from Cemetery Dance So, it was announced today that Richard Chizmar of Cemetery Dance is going to be rereading all of Stephen King’s books in the order they were published and blogging about it on Stephen King Revisited. After he reads each book, he’s going to comment about it with memories and tho [...]

Qualia Nous, an Anthology, edited by ...

Qualia Nous, an Anthology, edited by Michael Bailey
Out of all the books I have reviewed recently, Qualia Nous is right up there for me with Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. Qualia is defined as “instances of subjective, conscious experience; the internal and subjective component of sense perceptions arising from the stimulation of the senses by phenomena; the way it feels [...]

Thank you, Joanna Penn, for “Bu...

Thank you, Joanna Penn, for “Business for Authors” Out Now!
If you’ve been keeping an eye on the indie publishing arena, it would surprise me if you haven’t heard of The Creative Penn, aka Joanna Penn.  For the last five or so years, she’s been taking the independent publishing world by storm, first starting with her own research into indie publishing a course entitled Author 2.0. N [...]

WORLD OF TROUBLE by Ben H. Winters, B...

WORLD OF TROUBLE by Ben H. Winters, Book 3 of “The Last Policeman” Trilogy
Apparently I’ve been reading a number of trilogies. World of Trouble is another book that ended a series, The Last Policeman trilogy, by Ben H. Winters. This time, Earth is 14 days from the apocalypse: an asteroid is going to hit the planet and throw the world into utter chaos. Detective Hank Palace (it’s so hard to give up the t [...]

“Is Your House in Order?”...

“Is Your House in Order?” My Review of AUTHORITY by Jeff VanderMeer
As I’ve previously stated, I love Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. The first novel, Annihilation, blew me out of the water with it’s writing style. The whole series has been described as “literary science-fiction” — and that’s a genre mash-up that I want to see more of. I feel kinda spoiled [...]

The final Southern Reach book, ACCEPT...

The final Southern Reach book, ACCEPTANCE, is here!
The last book in the wonderful Southern Reach trilogy is finally here!! I have gushed about these books to everyone I can think of. I’m also very close to the end of Authority, the second book in the trilogy, and getting ready to pick up Acceptance and… do some stuff with it. The first book, Annihilation, took me on a ride that I [...]

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Where lies the strangling fruit that came from the hand of the sinner I shall bring forth the seeds of the dead to share with the worms that gather in the darkness and surround the world with the power of their lives while from the dim-lit halls of other places forms that never could be writhe for the impatience of the few who have never seen or been seen...
-Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

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