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Fiction, the frivolous kid brother

I think some people see fiction as the frivolous younger sibling of non-fiction. Non-fiction is the responsible grown-up with a real job in the real world, while fiction is the kid brother who goes adventuring in worlds that don’t even exist. In some circles, Kid Brother doesn’t get much respect.  (Granted, some versions of him don’t deserve respect.) But sometimes…

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Anne Rice, Pat Robertson, and me

Although I’m still shaking my head over Pat Robertson’s remarks about Haiti, I have to overlook  my irritation for the moment and direct your attention to the Anne Rice interview with Scott Ross on Robertson’s TV network.  The link goes to a transcript, not video, so you can skim it quickly if you’d like.  Please take a look, even if…

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They’re taking over my house!

I recently spent a little time with somebody who has fewer books in her whole house than I have on my cookbook shelf. (Not that I use my cookbooks often, since I’m highly allergic to domestic activities, but they’re there if I need them.) I can’t imagine being content with only a skeleton crew of books. In this house, they…

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The Seven Sevens

I’m it, I’ve been tagged by Deeanne Gist, and it’s my turn to play. Seven things to do before I die 1. Drive the entire coast of California, stopping wherever and whenever I please. 2. Learn how to ride a motorcycle. The real kind, not just a little-bitty dirt bike. 3. Organize about ten thousand photos for my kids. 4….

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Comes a Horseman, and he’s scary

I’m interrupting my usual mindless ramblings with a book recommendation. Yesterday I started reading Comes a Horseman by Robert Liparulo, a thriller with nice, creepy cover art, and I’m hooked. Set a couple of likable FBI agents on the trail of a killer who dresses like an ancient Norseman and travels in a VW bus with three bloodthirsty wolf-dog hybrids….

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Of Panama, Russia, and Dixie

I indulged in my favorite kind of shopping last Saturday morning. My husband and I strolled down the frosty sidewalk to a garage sale a few doors down. We’ve lived here less than six months and hadn’t met these particular neighbors yet, so it was part social call, part business. Soon another neighbor showed up with a box of books…

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How DID the good Lord???

Have you ever heard of Rien Poortvliet, an artist from the Netherlands? His “Noah’s Ark” is a huge, coffee-table type book that holds his sketches and paintings, complete with imaginings about what it must have been like to build, load, and board the ark–and then to wait. His artwork is beautiful, but to me, his musings (in graceful, casual calligraphy)…

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The Dissection of Ezekiel

I found David Ryan Long’s debut novel, Ezekiel’s Shadow, in the library about a year ago. It’s the story of a horror writer who becomes a Christian and how that decision wreaks havoc with his writing career. As a writer myself, I enjoyed getting into the character’s head and seeing similarities and differences in work habits and thought processes. But…

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Good books I’ve been reading

I learned this morning that Deeanne Gist has hit Number 10 on the list of best-selling Christian fiction with A Bride Most Begrudging, published by Bethany House. (You can read a bit about the book in my first post, listed in the sidebar.) I’m happy for her, and I’m happy for the readers who have picked up her book. I…

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Good magic

Do you remember the day you learned to read? I do. I even remember the first word I read for myself, the one that woke me up to the wild idea that I had the keys to deciphering all the marks on all the pages of all the books in the whole world. Well, the books written in English, anyway….

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