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“The Adventures of Robin Hood” Review

King Richard the First, Richard Coeur de Lion, came to the throne in 1189 – and very soon left his throne empty when he set off on the Crusade to free Jerusalem from the Saracens. So begins The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green. This is a book I recently taught in my fifth grade literature class. It… Continue reading “The Adventures of Robin Hood” Review

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“What Tree is That?” – A Different Kind of Review

In my heart, I’m sort of a rugged outdoorsman, full of wood-lore and adventure. Of course, my heart is misinformed. If you know me, you’ll surely be quick to point out that this inner desire isn’t necessarily reflected on the outside. Like, in my actual life. (I will note that it is often observed –… Continue reading “What Tree is That?” – A Different Kind of Review

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In Defense of the Speculative

The fiction that I’m drawn to is almost exclusively in the speculative realm: science fiction and fantasy. It’s what I write as well, and I’ve found that this comes with a bit of subconscious embarrassment. Sci-fi/fantasy has some stereotypes attached to it that can carry it somehow into the second (or third?) tier of “serious”… Continue reading In Defense of the Speculative

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“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Review

“Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy.” So begins The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. This is, of course, the first of Lewis’ well-known Narnia series (I know, I know… first in publication but second in chronology). My dad first read this to me when I was… Continue reading “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” Review

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I’m at the library! Well…at least my book is.

It’s true! You can now check out my book in the MidPointe Library System (north of Cincinnati). Which is pretty awesome! I’ve always loved libraries (Kyna and I had quite a few “dates” at a library while living in Zanesfield, OH because there was nothing else to do) and now I’m in one every day. As a… Continue reading I’m at the library! Well…at least my book is.

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“Gentlemen of the Road” Review

“For numberless years a myna had astounded travelers to the caravansary with its ability to spew indecencies in ten languages, and before the fight broke out everyone assumed the old blue-tongued devil on its perch by the fireplace was the one who maligned the giant African with such foulness and verve.” So begins Gentlemen of the… Continue reading “Gentlemen of the Road” Review

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This is Called a Teaser

A few days ago I told the heartbreaking story of a novel never published. It was my novel, but even so I suppose “heartbreaking” is a bit strong (“heartcracking”? “heartbending”? “bruising,” maybe). You can read about it here, but the bottom line is that my novel was too long to ever get published the traditional… Continue reading This is Called a Teaser