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Why I Love Used Books

[Originally posted on October 21, 2013. Reposting it here in honor of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Read the comments.] I found this copy of Ernie Pyle’s Here is Your War in — wait for it — the local Salvation Army thrift shop. I opened it to find that the endpapers were a montage of still photographs…

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Why Cleopatra? [continuing…]

Death of an Eye, the first Eye of Isis novel, publishes in paperback on September 5. Click here to pre-order your copy now. Cleopatra was Macedonian Greek, a direct descendant of Ptolemy I, who plucked the plum of Alexandria and Egypt when the generals divvied up the empire after Alexander the Great’s death. Alexandria was…

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Why Cleopatra? [continued]

Death of an Eye, the first Eye of Isis novel, publishes in paperback on September 5.* Click here to pre-order your copy now. A friend who knows I am writing a series set in Cleopatra’s Alexandria was greatly exercised over some of Cleopatra’s decisions. “Why did she make Antony leave Octavia? It gave Octavian all…

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Why Cleopatra?

Death of an Eye, the first Eye of Isis novel, publishes in paperback on September 5. Click here to pre-order your copy now. All right, all you people who think I should only and ever write Kate Shugak novels*, here’s why I wrote this instead. The commonly accepted story arc for Cleopatra is: Caesar. Antony.…

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Ten…nine…eight…

As the ball drops this New Year’s Eve, here’s all the news from Stabenowland… …seven… Death of an Eye dropped on December 6th. Set in Alexandria in the time of Cleopatra, it’s the first novel in what I hope will be a series of history mysteries featuring the Eye of Isis, Cleopatra’s private investigator/hatchet man/fixer.…

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Hilarity, Actually

Because the amount of column space allegedly serious writers have devoted to the film, Love, Actually is pretty hilarious. Like the A.V. Club in Without hope or agenda: A defense of Love Actually where the author writes Rewatching the film with fresh eyes made me realize that beyond aiming to be the ultimate romantic comedy ever…

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When I stopped laughing…

Okay, so I subscribe to Buzzfeed’s morning newsletter, which can be scarily informative and often unintentionally hilarious and sometimes just incredibly depressing, but then that’s the news today. This morning the newsletter included a link to this article, 14 Books For Anyone Who’s Had A Tough Year. As I read down it with an increasing sense…

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For those of you who like history mysteries and who have yet to have Sir Robert gallop up to your door, you’re in for a real treat.

A wrong-side-of-the-blanket cousin of Queen Elizabeth I, perspicaciously able, perennially broke, persistently in love with the married Lady Elizabeth Widdrington, Sir Robert is fresh off saving James the VI/I’s life from a double assassination attempt. With the whole-hearted if covert backing of Sir Robert Cecil he is now tasked by James to catch and kill…

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