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Movement in Homer’s The Odyssey

I am not a poet, but Homer’s Odyssey makes me want to write as beautifully and simply as he does. The Odyssey has become one of my favorite novels because of beautiful lines like: “Side by side the two men … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe in Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

In Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.’s Slaughterhouse-Five, or the Children’s Crusade, a soldier bounces through time, meets aliens, and relives points in his life, centering around Dresden, Germany, during his tour during the Second World War. Vonnegut uses anaphora for a comical, … Continue reading

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The Champion of Barésh: a review

Books and Dragons When I say I’m a Book Dragon, I mean that when I find a writer whose words inspire me or who creates something special, I will put aside every other book in my pile and read that … Continue reading

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Cloud Layout: David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas

  In David Mitchell’s novel Cloud Atlas, several generations search for truth, knowledge, and the means of survival. Mitchell captures the essence of each time period and builds on it like an orchestra building to a crescendo and then he … Continue reading

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Format and World Immersion in Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One

  Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a fast-paced, user-friendly video game of a novel. How does Cline craft it so masterfully that I am engrossed from page one and don’t want to stop? He uses specific formatting, pacing, and … Continue reading

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Review of Not Your Mother’s Food Storage by Kathy Bray and Jan Barker

Review of Not Your Mother’s Food Storage: Store the Food You Use Every Day by Kathy Bray and Jan Barker The premise: food storage for the modern cook. The idea is good, but the book falls short of fulfilling the … Continue reading

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Mortal Danger: Elizabeth Moon’s Trading in Danger

Some writers create momentum from a chapter to the next that keeps the reader’s attention; sometimes energy lasts for a whole book, and sometimes it lasts for a whole series. Elizabeth Moon is such a writer. Her Vatta’s universe is … Continue reading

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Literary Appropriation in Jorge Luis Borges’s Labyrinths

If a global library exists in the future, Jorge Luis Borges would be filed under renaissance writer. If his work was a painting, it would be abstract art. Labyrinths: Selected Stories & Other Writings is a love confession of a … Continue reading

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Makings of a Madwoman: Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea

Jean Rhys wrote Wide Sargasso Sea as the prequel to Charlotte Brönte’s novel Jane Eyre, from the perspective of the madwoman Bertha. WSS is the tale of Antoinette Cosway, a young girl in 1830s Jamaica and the circumstances which drive her … Continue reading

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Particularities in Nicolai V. Gogol’s The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil

In every story there is a battle of good and evil, the extent of which depends on the characters, the story, and the author. In Nicolai  Gogol’s The Overcoat and Other Tales of Good and Evil, the small things illuminate … Continue reading

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