Sunday Classic – Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)

Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again. You probably know you’ve seen it somewhere if you are reading this blog. You may even know it’s the first sentence of Rebecca, the ultimate gothic novel written in 1938 by Daphne du Maurier.  The cast of characters includes: penniless, naïve young woman, overbearing employer, dashing…… Continue reading Sunday Classic – Rebecca (Daphne Du Maurier)

Merrily Watkins, Girl Exorcist

Merrily Watkins is a single mother, former Goth teen, smoker-turned-vaper. She is also an exorcist.  Those statements, though a little dramatic and exaggerated, are true facts in Phil Rickman’s1 Merrily Watkins series, about a priest in the Church of England who is also the Diocesan Deliverance Consultant (the C of E’s euphemistic title), working with…… Continue reading Merrily Watkins, Girl Exorcist

Five for Friday: Magical Realism

Magical Realism – a literary device or genre in which the author sends a breath of whimsy into the ordinary world they have created. . . . Imagine walking down a city sidewalk. Your arm brushes against the low-hanging branch of a tree, which causes blossoms to fall from the tree. As they fall, the…… Continue reading Five for Friday: Magical Realism

Sunday Classic – The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare)

Katherine (Kit) Tyler, fresh from Barbados, is in for a rude awakening as she shows up on the doorstep of her maternal aunt’s household in Connecticut Colony in 1685.  Friendship, hard work, love, courage, illness, courtship, threats of violence complete with angry villagers carrying torches (or at least that was my impression), and once again,…… Continue reading Sunday Classic – The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Elizabeth George Speare)

Five for Friday – O Canada!

I am sharing 20th-Century novels set in Canada – because I love 20th-Century fiction, especially mid-century, especially Canadian.  Some may be familiar, some new.  Because Wikipedia articles almost always contain spoilers, I am providing Goodreads links and hoping they don’t do the same.  Each link contains more links to purchase different editions of the title.…… Continue reading Five for Friday – O Canada!

Michigan Monday – Jim Harrison

I am planning on making the next several Mondays Michigan Mondays, in which I feature authors who were born in Michigan, spent a significant part of their lives here, and / or set their stories in Michigan. I won’t promise that I will hit this every single Monday – I do have a day job!…… Continue reading Michigan Monday – Jim Harrison

Sunday Classic – Stones for Ibarra (Harriet Doerr)

I was drawn to Stones for Ibarra by a Wikipedia comparison to One Hundred Years of Solitude1 and a mention of magical realism.  As I read it I had some of the same reactions as when I read Lilac Girls, which I’ll explain shortly. Stones is the story of Sara and Richard Delton and their…… Continue reading Sunday Classic – Stones for Ibarra (Harriet Doerr)

Five for Friday – Fantasy (I barely made it before midnight!)

I struggle to find books I can really dive into, even though I have a ‘to be read’ list as long as my arm. My hope is that this blog can be a resource for you; to that end, here are some of my favorite fantasy authors. With the exception of Baum, most of the…… Continue reading Five for Friday – Fantasy (I barely made it before midnight!)

Sunday Classic – Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)

This is a short commentary on a long book, meant for those who haven’t read it and wonder if they might want to do so. I’m writing this quickly to fulfill my commitment to provide a Sunday Classic review; I will do better next week. Topics in the book are hope, study, death, work, marriage, divorce,…… Continue reading Sunday Classic – Jude the Obscure (Thomas Hardy)