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Strings on a Shadow Puppet: The Art of a Book Cover

I have long said that, initially, the cover art for a novel is more important to a novel’s success than the writing itself.[1]  We may all say, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” but if we are honest, we … Continue reading

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Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell, Pat Murphy (TOR, 2001){ Blackstone Audio, 2004; Narrator: Johanna Ward}

Adventures in Time and Space with Max Merriwell was a fun read that ties together other books by the same author under different pen-names. In some ways, the book was little more than an intellectual game played by the author, but in others it proved to be an enjoyable book that explored concepts of identity.

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The Shadow of the Wind, Carlos Ruiz Zafón [Translation: Lucia Graves] (Orion Books, 2004)

Part mystery, part romance, part literary fiction The Shadow of the Wind is thrilling, gripping and touching in a way that I can only dream of writing. The language used is delicate, precise and flowing (both in the original Spanish and in it’s marvelous English translation). In brief, it is the tale of a boy who is entrusted with the guardianship of the last copy of a book, and how he unravels the mystery surrounding it and its enigmatic author. It is a complex story, but an easy read. I highly recommend that you buy the book and become enchanted.
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