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Entries from Jan 2007

David Schickler: Kissing in Manhattan

15 Jan 2007 · No Comments

I’ve tried several times, unsuccessfully, to write about the fiction of Jonathan Carroll. It’s even difficult to articulate why it’s so difficult for me to write about Carroll. I’ve studied his technique and themes enough to learn something about them, but those easily-isolated surface attributes don’t explain Carroll’s bewitching power. This book — something less [...]

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Peter Dickinson: The Seventh Raven

02 Jan 2007 · No Comments

An illustration of the power of context:
Lately I’ve been writing quite a bit about fantasy novels marketed to young adult audiences (probably to the dismay of many readers, but that’s beside the point for now). I was on the Amazon website perusing lists of people’s favorite young adult novels, and in a list with a [...]

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Tags: d-author · s-title · young adult