Month: October 2014

Witch Week Day One: Fire and Hemlock (Guest Post)

Posted October 31, 2014 by Lory in events, reviews / 17 Comments
Witch Week Day One: Fire and Hemlock (Guest Post)

US hardcover, Greenwillow To kick off Witch Week, we’re taking a look at Fire and Hemlock (1984), a book in which today’s date plays a very important role. It begins (after a brief prologue) when ten-year-old Polly accidentally stumbles into an ominous Halloween funeral at a nearby manor, and makes a life-changing connection to a […]

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Witch Week 2014: Preview and Master Post

Posted October 30, 2014 by Lory in events / 10 Comments
Witch Week 2014: Preview and Master Post

  …Witch Week, when there is so much magic around in the world that all sorts of peculiar things happen… — Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones Welcome to Witch Week at the Emerald City Book Review, where for the first time I’m hosting what I hope will become an annual event celebrating our favorite […]

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Witch Week starts in one week!

Posted October 24, 2014 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Witch Week starts in one week!

One week from today, I’ll be hosting Witch Week, a celebration of fantasy fiction and of one of my favorite authors, Diana Wynne Jones. If you haven’t already, please check out the announcement post and consider signing up. Then come back to ECBR on October 30 for a preview, giveaway details, and more before the […]

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A Traveller in Time: Hild

Posted October 17, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 7 Comments
A Traveller in Time: Hild

Nicola Griffith, Hild (2013)   Hild is not a novel for everyone. If you are put off by the thought of a dense, slow-moving narrative largely preoccupied with political machinations in a remote period of British history, populated by a large cast of characters whose every other name seems to begin with Os- or Aeth- […]

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My First Robertson Davies: Tempest-Tost

Posted October 10, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
My First Robertson Davies: Tempest-Tost

Robertson Davies, Tempest-Tost (1951) The first book you read by a favorite author has a special quality. Even if there are other books by the same author that you realize are more worthy of recognition, the joy of discovery lends your “first” a lingering glow. Sometimes, the particular circumstances of finding the book are stamped […]

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Lost in Translation: Le Grand Meaulnes

Posted October 3, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Lost in Translation: Le Grand Meaulnes

Alain-Fournier, Le Grand Meaulnes (1913)   It’s been a while since I read a novel in translation. As I read Le Grand Meaulnes, one of the most acclaimed and popular novels that came out of the past century in France, I pondered the various aspects of the writer’s art, and how they can or cannot […]

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Witch Week is coming: October 31-November 6

Posted October 1, 2014 by Lory in events / 6 Comments
Witch Week is coming: October 31-November 6

You may just possibly have heard the news already, but here’s another reminder. At the end of this month, I’m hosting a blog event to celebrate fantasy fiction and one of my favorite authors, Diana Wynne Jones. For the original announcement and sign-up post, click here. I was beyond thrilled that when I asked five […]

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