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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My First Diana Wynne Jones: Charmed Life

Posted September 26, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 8 Comments
My First Diana Wynne Jones: Charmed Life

Diana Wynne Jones, Charmed Life (Greenwillow, 1977) 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 […]

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Darkness in Delphi: My Brother Michael

Posted September 19, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 9 Comments
Darkness in Delphi: My Brother Michael

Mary Stewart, My Brother Michael (1960)   Mary Stewart is rightly acclaimed for creating wonderfully robust settings in her books, which serve as much more than mere stage backdrops to the action. So strong is the sense of place, sometimes, that the setting almost becomes a character or a plot device in its own right. […]

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Quick Quotes: The Crystal Cave

Posted September 17, 2014 by Lory in quotes / 8 Comments
Quick Quotes: The Crystal Cave

“But there’s nothing in this world that I’m not ready to see and learn, and no god that I’m not ready to approach in his own fashion. I told you that truth was the shadow of God. If I am to use it, I must know who He is. Do you understand me?” “How could […]

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Suspense with Style: Four by Mary Stewart

Posted September 15, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 14 Comments
Suspense with Style: Four by Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart, Nine Coaches Waiting (Morrow, 1959) Mary Stewart, The Ivy Tree (Morrow, 1962) Mary Stewart, The Moon-Spinners (Morrow, 1963) Mary Stewart, This Rough Magic (Morrow, 1964)    It’s always a great pleasure to discover an author whose books have somehow passed you by, especially if there are plenty of them. Such is the case […]

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Two from the Trail: A Walk in the Woods and Wild

Posted September 12, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 10 Comments
Two from the Trail: A Walk in the Woods and Wild

Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Broadway Books, 1998) Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Knopf, 2012)   At about the same time in the mid-nineties, two very different people — a successful, 44-year-old author and family man, and a 26-year-old aspiring writer “with […]

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Library Loot: September 10

Posted September 10, 2014 by Lory in lists / 8 Comments
Library Loot: September 10

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire of The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share books they’ve checked out from the library.  If you’d like to participate, check out those blogs on Wednesdays to link up your post. Here’s what I picked up this week:   […]

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Witch Week 2014: A Week of Magical Reading

Posted September 5, 2014 by Lory in events / 20 Comments
Witch Week 2014: A Week of Magical Reading

Calling all fantasy lovers! I’m excited to announce that from October 31 to November 6 I’ll be hosting Witch Week, a chance to read and discuss our favorite books and authors, and discover some that may be new to us. This year the focus will be on the incomparable Diana Wynne Jones, author of so […]

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Austen in August Wrap-up

Posted August 31, 2014 by Lory in events / 8 Comments
Austen in August Wrap-up

Coming from Abbeville: Austen’s notebooks   Well, my blog “vacation” ended up being pretty busy. Participating in Austen in August hosted by Lost Generation Reader kept me quite occupied with reading and writing about Austen-related books, and reading other people’s posts. You can see the summary of my own posts here, and here are some […]

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A Song of Second Chances: A Solitary Blue

Posted August 29, 2014 by Lory in reviews / 6 Comments
A Song of Second Chances: A Solitary Blue

Cynthia Voigt, A Solitary Blue (1983) I owe Cynthia Voigt an apology. When she won the Newbery Medal for Dicey’s Song in 1983, beating out my favorite book at the time (The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley), I retaliated by refusing to read it or any others in what came to be an acclaimed seven-book […]

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