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A review of Gladwell’s “Talking To Strangers”

I was searching online for a book using search terms: “how to talk to people book.” Malcolm Gladwell’s latest work, “Talking To Strangers” was shown among the titles and remembered he also wrote the book, “Blink” that I wanted to read. But “Talking to Strangers” was NOT a book about becoming a better conversationalist. The… Continue reading A review of Gladwell’s “Talking To Strangers”

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Meet The Four Founders of Fairy Tales

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Imagine a world without fairy tales.

While every culture has developed it’s own tales and fables through time, the success of fairy tales can be traced back to a small group of people.

Four of the most prolific and important of those authors were French writer Charles Perrault, German brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, and Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

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A second reading of “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell

I decided to start a review as I start reading “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell. It’s one I’ve read before, so I know the story, but sometimes I read to escape without much reflection. I might notice something in passing, but I don’t always delve deeper. This novel was Gaskell’s third novel that was… Continue reading A second reading of “North and South” by Elizabeth Gaskell

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How to Get People to Read Every Single Word You Write

Excellent post on editing writing. I have read and recommend Stephen King’s “On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FC0SIM/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1

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For those of you who are too busy to read this post, here’s the secret to great writing according to Stephen King:

Take out the bad parts.

If this sounds like useless advice, you have yet to understand that great writing is all about rewriting. And you rewrite by taking out the words that aren’t necessary.

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Sidebar to Review of Catherine Taylor’s “Beyond the Moon”

While I read Catherine Taylor’s debut novel “Beyond the Moon,” I remembered two other novels where main characters switch bodies and lives hundreds of years apart from each other. In Laurie Viera Rigler’s Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict,” Courtney Stone was drunk on Absolut, wearing her wedding dress, as she despaired of her broken… Continue reading Sidebar to Review of Catherine Taylor’s “Beyond the Moon”

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A Review of “Beyond the Moon,” Catherine Taylor’s debut novel

I requested Catherine Taylor’s first novel “Beyond the Moon”  after reading that it is time-travel fiction. Time travel in books and film is one of my most favorite themes in fiction. The “how” and the “why” questions of time travel find their way to the surface often as I read. Even though my imagination is… Continue reading A Review of “Beyond the Moon,” Catherine Taylor’s debut novel