Taken simply as pure, breathless entertainment, these books totally rock.

** spoiler alert ** On page 377 of Mockingjay is everything this trilogy (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and now Mockingjay) is about: …Something is significantly wrong with a creature that sacrifices its children’s lives to settle its differences…The truth is, it benefits no one to live in a world where these things happen. These…

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Introducing Moses.

The Old Fart was a foot shorter than the trooper, which he rectified by hoisting himself up on a stool. He turned to Liam and stuck out a hand. “Moses Alakuyak, shaman.” His beer and Liam’s single malt arrived. Moses held out his bottle of beer and Liam clinked his glass against it. “To women,”…

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The bunyips are spooky as hell.

** spoiler alert ** Man, Novik’s really sticking it to British Empire. It’s beautiful to see. The tone of this sixth novel is a little depressing, though, and the plot a little tedious, which has Laurence and Temeraire et al wandering around the Australian outback about as long as Harry and Hermione and Ron wandered around…

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We are so sorry, Jane.

We watched the last episode of Sanditon last night, Barbara Peters of the Poisoned Pen and I. We have a few issues. Spoilers follow. *** First of all*, what’s with all the period detail inaccuracies? To mention just a few: What’s with Charlotte wearing her hair down all time, instead of pinned up as befits…

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Introducing Bill.

It hadn’t taken them long, once they got him inside; the man who had been separated from the rifle was seated in a chair and immobilized with enough bright yellow polypropylene line to restrain King Kong. He was maybe thirty years old, five-eight, thickset, with matted brown hair and terrified brown eyes that stared at…

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Queen for a day. And then…

It was a great event yesterday, when the Poisoned Pen Bookstore launched the 22nd Kate Shugak novel, No Fixed Line. You can watch the video below. Dana Stabenow talks about No Fixed Line These kinds of things are defined by the people who come and their enthusiasm and the questions they ask. Barbara estimates that about…

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Drum roll, please!

  Today at 2pm at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona, I will be applying this to this Yes, it is launch day for No Fixed Line, the 22nd Kate Shugak novel! If you can’t make it in person, they’ll be livestreaming my talk with Barbara on their Facebook page here. I’ll be doing…

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