Monthly Archives: February 2013

Prof. Henry Fell’s “Coming of Middle Age” Story

February 28, 2013
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Oxford fellow and John Milton expert Professor Henry Fell suffers from panic attacks and a gnawing fear that what he doubtfully refers to as his existence is much more out of his control than he realizes… In Ryan Asmussen‘s debut novel “The Englishman and the Butterfly” Professor Fell has just arrived in Boston on an academic fellowship, when he meets a variety of people who, in one way or another, expose him to true love,…

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Where Magic is as Common as Technology

February 27, 2013
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In a sprawling urban landscape where magic is as common as technology, Zack Monday is a hard-working private detective, street-smart, resourceful, and clever. But his latest case – in Andrew Kirschbaum‘s novel “Monday and the Counterfeit Corpse” – takes him far away from the streets he knows and into a far-off magical land where all the rules are different and the slightest misstep might mean disaster. Zack must face down immortal goblin warriors, aristocratic thieves,…

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Teen Buddies Face Adult Trials

February 26, 2013
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How do you mend a broken friendship? For Lance Parker and Daniel McAllister, the answer is simple – road trip. In Randy Richardson‘s coming-of-age story “Cheeseland” the shock and grief of a friend’s suicide creates a gulf between the two suburban Chicago high school seniors. A trip to Wisconsin should be just the ticket to come to terms with the trauma that has pulled them apart. The journey of recovery is filled with comical twists…

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Veteran Writer Takes on American Culture

February 25, 2013
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For the last four decades or so, Mathias Freese has been jousting with American culture. His essay collection “This Moobius Strip of Ifs” is a mixture of the author’s reminiscences, insights, observations, and criticism, the book examines the use and misuse of psychotherapy, childhood trauma, complicated family relationships, his frustration as a teacher, and the enduring value of tenaciously writing through it all. Freese scathingly describes the conditioning society imposes upon artists and awakened souls,…

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Big News Coming

February 23, 2013

I’ve got some big news to tell you. But not yet. How was that for a teaser? In just a few days I will be sharing with you two announcements about The Bookcast Each, in its own way, is a reflection of the progress The Bookcast has made in the year and a half or so since we launched. Our passion, since the beginning, has been to introduce outstanding indie author talent to the readers…

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Finding the Offbeat and Absurd in the Ordinary

February 22, 2013
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With a cast of characters that includes a falling toddler, the manager of the last fast food joint in the world, the Devil and a talking dog Paul McCormack‘s short story collection “All the Lights That Have Shone” isn’t a book about answers, but about really interesting questions: What would you do if the world was ending? How do you say goodbye when there’s no one to say it to? What kind of person still…

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