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Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Becky Some are my favorite fantasy and science fiction writers are Canadian. Charles de Lint has been writing about Newford for many years. This urban fantasy series is set in a North American town. I always think of it a fantasy version of de Lint’s hometown Ottawa.  Tanya Huff was a variety of speculative […]

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Old Time New York

by Becky     My Bachelor’s degree from many years ago was in history so it is natural that I read a lot of historical novels.  I recently have been reading about New York City. I started with the classic – A tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith.  Francine and her brother, Neeley live […]

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World War One Nurses

by Becky A few years ago my book club said no more World War Two books.  We have not given up on war books.  We have become interested in World War One, especially the medical area.  We recently read In falling snow by Mary-Rose MacColl which is a fictional story of Royaumont Abbey Hospital in France […]

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Samurai and Shoguns in Manga

One of the things I have really enjoyed about reading and looking at graphic novels is learning about different cultures.  I have gone back and read many of the long standing manga series.  Luckily, several are being reissued in omnibuses.  The Edo period of Japanese history is the topic of many manga series.  Edo was the seat […]

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Overdrive Big Library Read

Shakespeare saved my life by Laura Bates is the new Big Library Read on Overdrive.  Between now and March 31st, there is no waiting.  Just go the Overdrive page and select Borrow for the Big Library Read at the top of the page.  The checkout is for the normal time so don’t worry about finishing by […]

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What genre do I go to when I want a good read?

For many people, they reach for a mystery, romance or thriller for a “good read”.  Since I discovered Andre Norton’s books in junior high, it has always been fantasy books for me. It wasn’t until years later I found out Andre was actually a woman author named Alice. It doesn’t have to be high fantasy. […]

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What is your favorite urban fantasy?

I was reading urban fantasy long  before the paranormal romance craze hit.  I still like my urban fantasy more on the fantasy side, less on the romance side. Here are a few of my favorites: Mercy Thompson is a were coyote who also fixes VWs.   She has to watch her step as she is surrounded […]

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My kind of cat (and dog) detectives

Everywhere you look mystery covers now days you see a cat or a dog.  Some are just to make the cover look pretty.  Publishers hope the sweet pet will make us pick out their book.  Some however are pet detectives ready to solve the crime.  My favorite pet detectives are from Rita Mae Brown’s Mrs. […]

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Question of the Week: What is your favorite “classic” book?

Mine is To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I have read it multiple times and still enjoy it. I sometimes think we ruin the classics for people by having kids read them in high school.  When I reread something I was assigned in high school, I see how much I missed because I was […]

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Question of the Week: What is your favorite science fiction novel?

One of my all time favorite science fiction novels is The left hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin.   A groundbreaking work of science fiction, The Left Hand of Darkness tells the story of a lone human emissary to Winter, an alien world whose inhabitants can change their gender. His goal is to facilitate […]

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