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Hufflepuff Pride ~ My Response to The Goblet of Fire

The Goblet of Fire brought us to and then past the halfway point of the Harry Potter Readalong Shelia at Book Journey is hosting. Reading this book was quite an experience for me. My feelings about the book and my desire to read it waxed and waned and then I couldn’t put it down to […]

Movie review: Wild

Wild is, hands down, for me, the best movie of 2014. It’s profound, filled with complex, interesting female characters, and two incredible performances that got well-deserved Academy Award nominations. Everyone knows that its true that...Show More Summary

The Rumpus Interview with Josh Weil

Writer Josh Weil talks about his novel, The Great Glass Sea, magical realism vs. science fiction, Russia’s experiments with mirrored satellites, his early days as an aspiring playwright, and how he uses fear as a fuel to accomplish his work.

126. Amanda and Sarah Talk Contemporary Sports Romance

Sarah interviews Amanda about her love of sports romance. They discuss sports contemporary romance, fluorescent lightbulbs, and make many, many recommendations. Our apologies in advance.

10th Anniversary Giveaway Celebration: Part 5

One last day of fun and frivolity! Tomorrow is our official 10th anniversary, but today, we have more mayhem and merriment! We have two more giveaways, and you know the drill by now, right? Of course! Each giveaway will be open until 31 January 2015, and each prize pack is open to international residents where applicable by law. Show More Summary

Creepy, In a Good Way: Harriet Lane on "Her"

Harriet Lane is the journalist-turned-novelist, author of Alys, Always and now, the psychological thriller Her. The tagline of this creepy (and we mean that in a good way) novel--“ You don’t remember her--but she remembers you“--says...Show More Summary


A Long Way DownWritten by: Nick HornbyPaperback: 333 pagesPublisher: Riverhead BooksLanguage: EnglishJune 2005Genre: Fiction In his eagerly awaited fourth novel, New York Times-bestselling author Nick Hornby mines the hearts and psyches of four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line. Show More Summary

10 Simple Ways to Overcome Writer's Block

Writer's block is a dreaded malady in the life of many writers. So, what's the best way to overcome it? In the words of famous freelancer Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City, "You just need to stop thinking about it so much, and go to bed, and it will be all right in the morning." This advice might work beautifully for some people. Show More Summary

Newswire: R.I.P. Colleen McCullough, author of The Thorn Birds

Colleen McCullough, author of the The Thorn Birds, the bestselling book that helped cement the miniseries genre, has died at her home on Norfolk Island in Australia. Deadline reports that the 77-year-old novelist had been in ill health in recent years. Show More Summary

“From Annihilation to Acceptance”

Recommended reading: Jeff VanderMeer, author of the Southern Reach trilogy, writes for The Atlantic about the “surreal journey” of publishing three novels in one year. Pair with VanderMeer’s Millions interview with Richard House.

Tet -- 1968

As much as it pivots on politics, strategy and tactics, much of military history is keyed to specific dates. America's wars--long, short or somewhere in between--are linked to the calendar. There's the Day of Infamy Dec. 7, 1941 when Japanese forces attacked U.S. Show More Summary

Colleen McCullough Dead at 77

Shop this article on Amazon The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough Colleen McCullough died yesterday on Norfolk Island, which is located in the Pacific Ocean. She was 77 years old. For those of us who can remember when the internet.....

Thriving With Arianna Huffington -- A Must Read

It's been said that timing is everything. When I purchased Thrive and began reading, I instantly knew it came into my hands at the right time. What is the definition of thrive? Grow or develop well; prosper. Having ignored my better judgement for far too long, I started listening to that wise voice speaking to me loud and clear. Show More Summary

Burrito Lit Vol. 2

Attention literature-lovers and burrito-consumers: Chipotle has announced the second batch of writers, including Barbara Kingsolver, Amy Tan, and Neil Gaiman, for its Cultivating Thought series, which places short pieces of writing on soda cups and paper bags (we covered the first series here).

Book Review: Spice by Jenna Jameson and Jaime Schmidt

Fairy tales might just come true for porn stars, or at least this seems to be the theme in the erotic novel Spice (Skyhorse 2014) by Jenna Jameson and Jaime K. Schmidt. This is the third and last book in a trilogy (Sugar and Honey) that...Show More Summary

Jim Parsons to Play the Title Role in ‘An Act of God’ on Broadway

Mr. Parsons will star in the new comedy “An Act of God” by David Javerbaum.

Newswire: Exclusive Marvel preview: Ant-Man #2 settles in Miami with a Grizzly fight

After the curveball ending of Ant-Man #1, Scott Lang is now a resident of Miami, raising his teenage daughter Cassie while acting as southern Florida’s highest-profile superhero (there’s not very much competition). Scott turned downShow More Summary

“On Stage as On Paper”

There’s just something about David Foster Wallace‘s writing that makes people want to adapt it. We’ve written about this phenomenon before – there have been Infinite Jest-inspired radio tributes and music videos, series of illustrations, even a novel-in-legos. Show More Summary

The Devil Made Me Do It!

If the Devil “made” you do it, you blew it! Peterson 1989 If you remember, I resurrected an old title from 2009 and re-did the post. It’s your lucky day, I have yet another book from the same author. I have included this lead off scenario about a kid robbing a McDonald’s and hanging around […]

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