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Troubling a Star by Madeleine L’Engle

I saw an article recently that L’Engle has a new short story collection coming out, which prompted me to check the library catalogues  for any of her books I’d never read. This fit the bill. I was shocked to see it’s in the same series as my favorite book of hers, A Ring of Endless Light, and I hadn’t read it.

Published: 1995

Genre: YA fiction

Length: 296 pages

Setting: New England and traveling to the Antarctic, 1990s, following the events of A Ring of Endless Light

SummaryShort version: Vicky finds a trip to the Antarctic more dangerous than expected Continue reading

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His Hideous Heart, Part 8

Time for my next installment of an Edgar Allan Poe story compared to a modern re-imagined version. I’m changing things up today by reviewing some poetry.

“The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

Published: 1845

Genre: poetry

Length: 5 pages

Summary: The author laments the death of his love

“The Raven (Remix)” by amanda lovelace

Published: 2019

Genre: blackout poetry

Length: 5 pages

Summary: A blackout version of “The Raven” Continue reading

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His Hideous Heart, Part 2

Time for my next installment of an Edgar Allan Poe story compared to a modern re-imagined version.

Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe

Published: 1849

Genre: poetry

Length: 3 pages

Setting: nothing specific since it’s a remembrance of a person

Short summary: The narrator laments the death of the beautiful Annabel Lee

Night-Tide by Tessa Gratton

Published: 2019

Genre: historical fiction short story

Length: 17 pages

Setting: the Kingdom by the Sea hotel along the Atlantic Ocean, probably around the start of the 20th century, summer

Short summary: Jaclyn is blamed for Annabel’s death over the winter because they were in love Continue reading

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The Dodo Knight by Michelle Rene

I was given a copy of this novella to review (although my views are my own). It’s published by Annorlunda Enterprises, a small-press publisher that focuses on stories that make you think.

Published: 2019 (it comes out today!)

Genre: historical fiction novella

Length: 134 pages

Setting: Victorian England, probably the mid-1800s

Summary: Short version: The story of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell Continue reading

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A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham

This was a free Tor ebook I put on my Kindle and read on vacation. I needed something other than Discworld book. This had a high potential for quality, unlike the Baen books that make up so much of my Kindle library. It’s the first book in the Long Price Quartet.

Published: 2006

Genre: fantasy

Length: 331 pages

Setting: mostly the city-state of Saraykeht in a medieval technology world

Summary: Short version: Seedless’s plot to free himself involves the death of innocents Continue reading

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Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot

I read to the kids every morning we do school. On Fridays, instead of our usually read aloud, I read poetry. I pulled this book off my shelf where it had been sitting since college and decided to give some Eliot a whirl. Bonus, it had notes in it from my college class so I had a better chance of explaining what the author was trying to say in each poem.

Published: as a collection in 1943, although the individual poems were published earlier

Genre: poetry collection

Length: 59 pages Continue reading

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Short Stories by Jess Hyslop

Art by Seth Alan Bareiss

Art by Seth Alan Bareiss

Title: The Sandman’s Dreams

Published: April 2013 in Daily Science Fiction

Genre: speculative fiction

Length: 4 pages

Setting: an average household, present day

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Susan has been dreaming the best dreams lately, which she knows means the Sandman has been visiting. That was great when she was younger, but now she’s married with a kid and she needs him to leave her alone.

Final thoughts: A sweet story. Susan chooses to stay with her family instead of with the Sandman. I mean, what can he offer her besides the best dreams? Can she even be with him when she’s awake? Possibly, since she sees him in person at the end.

Title comes from: Susan denies the Sandman his dreams (of having her) but allows him to continue to visit her son, since you can’t deny a child his dreams.

Title: Triolet

Published: May 2013 in Interzone

Genre: fantasy

Length: 15 pages

Setting: a typical suburban neighborhood, present day

Interest: It was included in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Lisa and her husband are fascinated by the elderly Mrs. Entwistle’s house and yard. Mrs. Entwistle grows poem plants – if you touch the plant, it starts reciting it’s poem. One day Mrs. Entwistle gives the young couple a poem that reignites their love for each other. The narrator gets a promotion, which turns out to involve a much bigger time commitment than is good for their relationship. It seems that Lisa is having an affair, and the narrator blames the poem and Mrs. Entwistle.

Final thoughts: The couple started out so happy, and then what looked like something that was good for the couple (the poem flower, the promotion) turned out not to be. How typical of so many jobs that consume your life, and then you’re left with no time to have fun. The poem flowers were an interesting twist. I wonder how Mrs. Entwistle bred the different poems? Did it have to be flowering to say the poem? Would I want one in my house?

Title comes from: The type of poem the couple were given.

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