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Juxtaposition of Touchpoints: Pat Murphy’s The Falling Woman

Juxtaposition of Touchpoints: Pat Murphy’s The Falling Woman Darlene Reilley  Boxes are comfortable. Writers like to put books in boxes: literary, mystery, romance, science fiction, etc. Certain genres recommend books like friends introducing new friends. I went into the book … Continue reading

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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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Sympathetic Characters and Violence in Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy

Vladimir Sorokin’s Ice Trilogy, a compilation of three books: Bro, Ice, and 23,000, is an epic tale of what happens if alien entities fall to Earth in a meteorite and must take over human bodies to get to their next … 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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An International Booklist

  I have always tried to branch out beyond my world. I had an idea for an international booklist that could help myself and others find writers whose experiences and worlds are completely different from my own. This is my international … 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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