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My latest post on the real eve is about my favorite fantasy series: Phillip Pullman’s His Dark Materials. Check it out.

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After I read Wolves Eat Dogs, I polished off Michael Connelly’s Echo Park. (It takes a long time to get from Paris to Raleigh and I am a very fast reader.) I like the Harry Bosch novels, although I don’t find them as literarily stellar as do many reviewers. Harry…

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Flying over the Atlantic, while returning from a family trip to France, I read Martin Cruz Smith’s novel, Wolves Eat Dogs. I am a fan of the Arkady Renko novels and am, in fact, not quite sure why I haven’t already read this one, given that it was published in…

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Last summer, I worked my way through a mystery series by a Swede named Henning Mankel. Here’s a review I wrote then. In retrospect, I like these books even more, although I can’t say I enjoyed them more. But I think they offer a stellar reading experience.This book, Sidetracked, is…

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Thinking of summer reading made me recall the halcyon days of last summer where, for one glorious week, I immersed myself in The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. This book is an international best seller and was on the bestseller list in Spain for over two years.…

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Here’s another realeve post proffering some good “chick lit” for summer reading:I have just finished two books about “best friends,” each told from the perspective of one of the women in the friendship.The first, The Myth of You and Me by by Lisa Stewart, is so evocative of the last…

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I am in the midst–I hope–of a life long love affair with what bookies call YA (young adult) novels. Since childhood, I have loved books written–supposedly–for kids ages 10 to 16. Lloyd Alexander’s masterful Prydain chronicles, Cynthia Voight’s tales of the Tillermans, and, more recently, Shannon Hale’s superb Bayern trilogy,…

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My friend Pam just returned to me my oft loaned copy of Bonnie Burnard’s A Good House. Pam, like all with whom I’ve shared this book, thanked me and said “I really enjoyed it.” Every one enjoys this book–many, like my sister, my next-door neighbor and I, love it.A Good…

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Laura Lippman’s slow turning mystery/psychological thriller What the Dead Know so evoked my early teen years in the mid-70’s I kept humming “All the Girls Love Alice” (Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Elton John, released in 1973)while I was reading it. This novel does a terrific job of plunking the reader…

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