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Original Essays | September 15, 2014

Lois Leveen: IMG Forsooth Me Not: Shakespeare, Juliet, Her Nurse, and a Novel



There's this writer, William Shakespeare. Perhaps you've heard of him. He wrote this play, Romeo and Juliet. Maybe you've heard of it as well. It's... Continue »
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    Lois Leveen 9781476757445

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07) by J. K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter #07)

Erica Horne, July 5, 2009

Great conclusion to a wonderful series. Honestly I thought she was running out of steam after reading Half Blood Prince, but she picked it right up with this conclusion to the in my eyes Best series ever written. This book flows easliy as you learn all the answers to all the questions you have had throughout the series. You will laugh, you will cry, and you will be left praying she will change her mind and write an 8th book. This is a must read for all Harry Potter fans. YOU CANNOT JUST WATCH THE MOVIES!!
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Persephane Pendrake and the Cimaruta
Persephane Pendrake and the Cimaruta

Erica Horne, July 2, 2009

Wonderful book. I love the rich writing and the way the story just flows as you read. She has strong characters you can really just close your eyes and see and they become very close to you as you read the book. You would never guess she was a new author and this was her first book. A must read; get started now and follow as she adds to the collection. I cannot wait until her next one. Great Start!
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The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal by Laurie Notaro
The Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death: Reflections on Revenge, Germophobia, and Laser Hair Removal

Erica Horne, May 20, 2009

I have been a fan of Ms. Notaro for a long time. Once I picked this book up, I couldn't stop reading. I stayed up until after 3:00 this morning, and got pinched by my husband a few times because I kept waking him up by laughing out loud. The Germophobia story had me doubled over, trying to catch my breath I was laughing so hard.

One thing that was in this book that I never expected was a very poignant story about the author's dog. I won't give anything away here, but it was incredibly beautiful and sad.

This is my favorite book that Ms. Notaro has ever written.
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The Language of Bees by Laurie R King
The Language of Bees

Erica Horne, April 29, 2009

I'm almost surprised that I enjoyed it so much. I'm not a Holmes purist, but even to me, this seemed like a risky gambit -- it has so much potential to change his character ... but I should not have been worried. What King accomplishes makes the character of Sherlock Holmes more richly complex, and in the course of doing so, provides a chilling mystery, of a different sort than has been featured in the earlier volumes of the series.

If I'm vague, it's only that I'm trying to avoid spoilers. In this volume, readers are treated to more Mycroft (a treat!), Russell solving a different sort of mystery than usual, and a case involving an Aleister Crowleyesque cult. I felt as though there was a more meditative cast to parts of the book, which is to say that readers see Russell musing over human error, and forgiveness, and the ability to move past human error, and loneliness, a little more than in earlier entries of the series. But the book isn't dominated by these musings -- they are skillfully woven into the action.

I was satisfied by the ending, despite the fact that the last words are "to be continued...". Sometimes novels that end with cliffhangers feel like half-books that were only published accidentally. _The Language of Bees_ is unquestionably a whole book, and one that I will no doubt read again.
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Cat Power: A Good Woman by Elizabeth Goodman
Cat Power: A Good Woman

Erica Horne, April 28, 2009

Easily the best rock biography since _Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance_. Sensitive, intelligent, and stylishly written, the book gives a vivid picture of a difficult, tortured personality. Very honestly, I think this book would profit even those who've never listened to or really enjoyed Cat Power's music -- the book is compelling on its own merits. And for those who do listen to and enjoy the music, the book will give you a richer appreciation. This is not a genre I enjoy as a rule. I like those Continuum 33 1/3 books, of course, but those are clever essays. Goodman has managed something rather more difficult.
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