Category: brief reviews

Jungian explorations

Posted August 26, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 11 Comments
Jungian explorations

During a previous era of my life I became interested in Jungian psychology. I think it started after college when I fell in love with the novels of Robertson Davies, which reflect his own interest in the work of the Swiss psychologist. (One of them, The Manticore, is even based around the main character’s sessions […]

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Vacation reading: Two duds and a winner

Posted August 12, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews, reviews / 31 Comments
Vacation reading: Two duds and a winner

As promised, I took along some newer books on vacation recently, and managed to finish three of them. Alas, two were not much fun to read, but the last was as entertaining as I’d hoped! Read on to find out which one… The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss had a premise […]

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New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

Posted January 31, 2018 by Lory in brief reviews / 8 Comments
New release review: Stellar stories from Tachyon

This season, three fantasy masters have story collections out from Tachyon Publications — a splendid opportunity to feast yourself on a rich assortment of weird, funny, whimsical, lyrical, dark, thought-provoking tales that beautifully explore the full range of our imaginative landscape. If any of these are among your favorite authors, you will surely want to […]

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Around the World project so far

Posted December 10, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 20 Comments
Around the World project so far

This project is an open-ended one, with the intention to read books from or about at least fifty different countries of the world. Here’s what I read this year so far: War Diaries by Astrid Lindgren (Sweden) – January 2017 I Was a Stranger by John Hackett (Netherlands) – January 2017 Bronze and Sunflower by […]

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Will I experience the life-changing magic?

Posted November 22, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 40 Comments
Will I experience the life-changing magic?

A couple of years ago, when The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo was all the rage, I scoffed at it without having read it, largely because of what I thought was her impossible advice for tidying books (maintain a library of 30 books maximum, and keep them in a closet). However, now […]

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Great Gifts from the Folio Society

Posted November 15, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 13 Comments
Great Gifts from the Folio Society

If you’re looking for a really special gift for a book-lover in your life, the Folio Society has some fabulous offerings. Here’s a glimpse at some of my favorites from their newest list. East of Eden, the great American novel by John Steinbeck, is a marvelous evocation of a particular place (the Salinas Valley in […]

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Necessary Nonsense: Four reprints from Dover

Posted October 18, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 6 Comments
Necessary Nonsense: Four reprints from Dover

“Nonsense” is often used as a perjorative term, yet breaking out of our usual habits to use language and ideas in a fresh, imaginative way is so important for keeping us inwardly alive and creative. Nonsense stories and poems are wonderful to share with children, who love their wacky humor, but adults can benefit from […]

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My Contemporary Reading Adventure

Posted September 13, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews, discussions / 36 Comments
My Contemporary Reading Adventure

Back in June, I asked Why do I not read contemporary fiction? and invited you, dear readers, to recommend some books you thought I might enjoy. You came through with a plethora of suggestions, and I managed to read a good number of them over the summer. I didn’t love all of them, but some […]

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Three British imports from Candlewick

Posted June 11, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews / 6 Comments
Three British imports from Candlewick

I always find something I want to read in the Candlewick catalog, and among their spring/summer releases my eye was caught by three books that all turned out to have been previously published in the UK (Candlewick is part of the UK-based Walker Book Group). In other ways, though, they were quite different — not […]

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Four books to feed the spirit

Posted May 14, 2017 by Lory in brief reviews, reviews / 10 Comments
Four books to feed the spirit

Everyone has an individual way of dealing with all the bad things going on in the world. For me, it’s very important to stay connected to a spiritual point of view, which helps to restore perspective, awaken hope, and foster joy and gratitude in the face of darkness and despair. In fact, it’s been a […]

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