Month: February 2015

Pieces of Truth: Alias Grace

Posted February 27, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 13 Comments
Pieces of Truth: Alias Grace

Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace (1996) Although there were many books I should have been reading and other things I should have been doing, once I started Alias Grace they all went by the wayside; I could not put it down. The subject matter is sensational in itself: the real-life case of 16-year-old housemaid Grace Marks, […]

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Publisher Spotlight: David R. Godine

Posted February 24, 2015 by Lory in publishers / 7 Comments
Publisher Spotlight: David R. Godine

Today, when giant mega-conglomeration is the rule in publishing (as in so much else), it’s heartening to find that some independent publishers still continue to foster the individual spirit in the face of the pressures of mass production. One of these — perhaps one of the best — happens to be just around the corner […]

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Month in Review: February 2015

Posted February 22, 2015 by Lory in blog housekeeping / 2 Comments
Month in Review: February 2015

It’s the last Sunday in February, which means it’s already time for another ECBR review. My months for review purposes are not the same as calendar months, but I’m ready for February to be over anyway. Come on March, bring me some spring! The most popular post this month was my Book Blogger Discussion Challenge […]

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Sampling the Cybils

Posted February 20, 2015 by Lory in brief reviews / 16 Comments
Sampling the Cybils

When award decisions come up, I have seldom read enough of the nominees to have an opinion about the worthiness of the winner. This year, I decided to read the finalists in the Middle Grade Speculative Fiction category of the Children’s and Young Adult Book Bloggers’ Literary Awards (aka the Cybils), which looked like a […]

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The Witch Hunter’s Tale: Author interview with Sam Thomas

Posted February 17, 2015 by Lory in interviews / 5 Comments
The Witch Hunter’s Tale: Author interview with Sam Thomas

Today, I’m pleased to welcome author Sam Thomas to talk about his latest “Midwife Mystery,” The Witch Hunter’s Tale, published by St. Martin’s Minotaur in January, 2015. This third installment in Sam’s series about a mystery-solving midwife in seventeenth century York, England, follows The Midwife’s Tale and The Harlot’s Tale but can also be read […]

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Hidden Treasure: Shadows on the Rock

Posted February 13, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
Hidden Treasure: Shadows on the Rock

Willa Cather, Shadows on the Rock (1931)   In Shadows on the Rock, Willa Cather departed from the prairie narratives for which she is most well known to write a historical novel about late seventeenth century Quebec. Her central characters are a French apothecary who longs to return home, but is bound by love of […]

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A book I fell in love with

Posted February 11, 2015 by Lory in elsewhere / 4 Comments
A book I fell in love with

Today, I’m over at Bookish Illuminations as part of a two-week celebration of “Books that we fell in love with.” What a great idea for Valentine’s Day! I’m talking about Beauty by Robin McKinley, one of my very favorite fairy tale retellings. Please check it out, and be sure to visit all the posts from […]

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Words and Pictures: The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks

Posted February 9, 2015 by Lory in quotes / 0 Comments
Words and Pictures: The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks

The kitten has a luxurious, Bohemian, unpuritanical nature. It eats six meals a day, plays furiously with a toy mouse and a piece of rope, and suddenly falls into a deep sleep whenever the fit takes it. It never feels the need to do anything to justify its existence; it does not want to be […]

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New Release Review: How To Be a Heroine

Posted February 6, 2015 by Lory in reviews / 18 Comments
New Release Review: How To Be a Heroine

Samantha Ellis, How To Be a Heroine (2015) I remember well the day a friend casually said, upon seeing some book lying around at my place (I think it was The Hobbit), “I don’t read fiction.” Now, I understood of course that there were different tastes in the fictional realm, and that Tolkien was not […]

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Tagged: I Mustache You Some Questions

Posted February 4, 2015 by Lory in personal, tags / 20 Comments
Tagged: I Mustache You Some Questions

Katie of Bookish Illuminations tagged me for this post. It seemed fairly painless, so here are my answers! Four Names People Call Me Other Than My Real Name 1. Lorelei 2. Loris (as in slow) 3. Lore 4. Lorig (pronounced with a soft “ch” sound, as in German e.g. “honig”) Mercer Island Library, where I […]

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