Which one first?

I’ve been writing all my life, producing my first poem, about a broken alarm clock, when I was five — don’t ask, I have no idea.

I’ve been at it full-time since I was married 16 years ago (no, I don’t think there is a connection) and have written more than a score of books, most of them fiction, and most of them fantasy. When I was recently asked by someone unfamiar with my books which of them to start with, I gave the question some serious consideration and came up with a guide for other readers new to my work.

The worlds of Alma Alexander.

IF YOU LIKE HISTORICAL FANTASY…

You might start with “The Secrets of Jin-shei“, my most successful novel about an imperial China that never was and a remarkable sisterhood. It has been published in 13 languages, so far. After reading that book, you might want to go on to “Embers of Heaven“, a novel set in the same world 400 years later.

Or you could start with my newest novel, “Empress“, a love story set in an alternative Byzantine Empire that is loosely based on the historical figures of Emperor Justinian and his wife Theodora. “Empress” is a standalone so if you want to start there you can – however if you do pick up the other two I really do think they belong in THAT order. Just saying.

IF YOU”RE MISSING NOVELS A LA HARRY POTTER…

Than you might start with my young adult fantasy series, Worldweavers, something that has been called an antidote to HP withdrawal. My elevator pitch for the series is: “The girl who couldn’t do magic grows up to be the greatest mage of all time.”

In order, the four books of the series are: “Gift of the Unmage”, “Spellspam”, “Cybermage” and “Dawn of magic”.

And yes this IS a series, and the order is important And also, it’s marketed as YA but as with all my works it’s also for not-so-YA readers who like a decent story.

IF YOU WANT TO TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BEST BOOKS I THINK I HAVE EVER WRITTEN…

Try The Were Chronicles, a young adult series that follows young shapeshifters forced to walk a tightrope through a web of peril and lies as their world disintegrates around them.

The three books in the series are “Random”, “Wolf”, and “Shifter”. And they really should be read in that order.

IF YOU WANT A CONTEMPORARY FANTASY …

What if you had married someone else? Had taken that job? Been born a man? if you were given a chance to live a different life, would you take it?

That is the question posed by “Midnight at Spanish Gardens”. One critic found the ending “…haunting. I still think about it.”

IF YOU WANT A FUNNY METAPHYSICAL SCIENCE FICTION STAND-ALONE…

Try AbductiCon, a novel that Hugo award winner Robert J. Sawyer calls “a fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny treat for SF fans everywhere.”

IF YOU WANT HIGH FANTASY…

“Hidden Queen” and “Changer of Days” are your books. They’re harder to get now but worth the effort.

AND IF YOU LIKE SHORT STORIES…

If you have an e-reader and want some short stories to start with, you can go with “Weight of Worlds“.

You can find them all at my page on Amazon HERE

And please leave reviews!

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We are living in the future

One of these days we will just have to come to terms that we ARE already living in the future we have always been reading about.

In the ear translator photoI needed information the other day about the phase of the moon on a specific night more than a hundred years ago. I googled the date+phase of moon and had the information instantaneously.

Now I discover that I will soon be able to stick a device in my year that will automatically translate a foreign language into English. Shades of the Babelfish in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Our sense of wonder is getting frayed by everyday miracles.

 

Read the whole story HERE

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At Adweek, Maryann Yin gives us

Lengthy Books: INFOGRAPHIC

What’s the longest book you have ever read? The team at Cartridge Discount created an infographic examining “Famous Literature: Words by Numbers.”long books infographic

See the whole infographic HERE

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You read it WHERE?

‘Reading Proust on My Cellphone’

No, not me! It was Sarah Boxer and she writes about the experience in The Atlantic:

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“When I tell people this, they look at me like I have drowned a kitten…Reading Proust on my cellphone was, I have to say, like no other reading experience I’ve had before or since. It was magical and—dare I say it?—Proustian in a very peculiar way…

“Your cellphone screen is like a tiny glass-bottomed boat moving slowly over a vast and glowing ocean of words in the night. There is no shore. There is nothing beyond the words in front of you. It’s a voyage for one in the nighttime. Pure romance.”

.             ..Marcel Proust at about 20 (Corbis)

 

Read the whole delightful essay at TheAtlantic.com HERE

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While I’m not as…uh, grandiloquent?…as Proust, I do write same long novels and my writing is often described as “lush.” A reviewer at Library Thing puts my latest novel, ‘Empress’, in with books she labels “scrumptious.” I rather like that.

The reviewer adds, rather unexpectedly, that “I felt as if I were taken back in time to a place that was as political and as cut-throat, but hopefully we’re not as bloody, as today’s Washington D.C.”

My novel is set in alternative world that’s based on the Byzantine Empire. I’ll leave the implications of the comparison to today’s Washington to my readers to sort out.

(Buy your copy of ‘Empress’ on Amazon HERE)

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For people who have trouble finding the time, The Reading Room offers:

Tips on How to Fit as Much Reading Into Your Day as Possible

One suggestion is audio books, something my husband has embraced as a way of making exercise and housework bearable.

Another suggestion is reading with a companion:
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Read more suggestions at The Reading Room HERE

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The Portland Silent Reading Party in action:

Reading with companions, even other humans, can indeed be very rewarding.

At BookRiot, Jeff O’Neal tells us how to:

Host a Silent Reading Party in 7 Easy Steps

Read more at The BookRiot HERE

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Then, of course, there is the matter of reading in book clubs. In the New York Times, Jennifer Miller tells us that

Men Have Book Clubs, Too

and writes about The Man Book Club in Marin County, Calif. that is going into its ninth year.

It has 16 members, a number of whom are lawyers and engineers in their mid-50s. Each month, the host must prepare a meal appropriate to the book under discussion. There was an eight-course French supper to accompany Henry Miller’s “Tropic of Cancer” and a meal of refined comfort food presented on TV trays for Bill Bryson’s 1950s-era memoir, “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid.”

Read more about the group in the New York Times HERE

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I usually express that sentiment a little more politely, but hell yes!

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Sisterhood

Several years ago I wrote ‘The Secrets of Jin-shei‘, a novel about sisterhood that was embraced by readers all over the world and received some astonishing critical attention.

The Secrets of Jin-shei cover“Combine ‘The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’ with ‘The Joy Luck Club,’ add elements of ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,’ and you have this astonishing novel.” ~ China Books

“This evocative novel is sure to be popular with fans of Amy Tan, Gail Tsukiyama, and even Marion Zimmer Bradley,” … a perfect genre-buster… highly recommended.” ~ Library Journal

(It’s still available and you can buy it HERE)

It comes to mind now because of a story in Flavorwire by Emily Temple

25 Fascinating Female Friendships in Literature

“It’s amazing to me how rare it still is to find complex female friendships in literature for adults (YA has it a little more locked), and even the whiff of a good one can send me straight to the bookstore,” she says. “In case you’ve been having the same feeling, here are 25 books that investigate female friendship in one form or another. More please.”Sisterhood montage

If anyone wants to suggest ‘The Secrets of Jin-shei’… Well, she did ask.

You can see her selections at Flavorwire HERE

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Some time ago, Katherine Brooks offered at the Huffington Post

12 Books That Will Lift You Up When You Are Down
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Everyone need a pick-me-up now and then, so wander over to Huffpost and check out her selections HERE

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Bookshops and pubs, together with post offices and schools, are the four pillars upon which a local community is built and to my mind no fragile friendship built online can compete.” ~ Author Richard Watson

…of course, I don’t entirely agree. Friendships I built online are anything but fragile – some have lasted decades, one has morphed into marriage. Bookshops and pubs and schools and post offices are good, though. There’s nothing like an educated human reading a book over a nice drink in a friendly local with a check that the post office just delivered (or a letter from one of those distant friends) in their pocket….

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Mea culpa

Running late

For reasons too boring to elaborate on, I’m running behind on this week’s blog entries. Please bear with me.I’ll be back on schedule shortly.

Meanwhile…

Embers of Heaven coverAn “Embers of Heaven” audio book is apparently imminent, the first audio version of anything I’ve ever done

I was asked how to pronounce some of the more, ahem, interesting names, but other than that, I can’t tell you much about it yet as I haven’t heard it myself. For other editions of my books, I have always got a “proof” pass, but I won’t hear this one before y’all do.

But it’ll be out there. Soon. I am told. Just thought I’d let you know if you wanted to keep an, um, ear out. And if you hear it before I do, let me know what you think.

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At Adweek, Maryann Yin reports on

‘Fake Book Covers on the Subway’ Sequel Video Goes ViralFake Covers video stillFor many bibliophiles, traveling by public transportation allows free time to enjoy a good book. Two comedians, Scott Rogowsky and Akilah Hughes acted out this ritual with a humorous twist. The still from the videoo (above) shows one of the covers. The video also offers glimpses of the hilarious reactions from their fellow subway commuters.

See the video at Adweek HERE

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A reader demands action!

A New Zealand friend just sent me a note:

I thought I should tell you, I finally talked my youngest into reading ‘Random’ last night. This morning – at 6.45 – she burst into my bedroom and yelled “I need ‘Wolf’, now!”

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‘Random’ and ‘Wolf’, the first two books of my The Were Chronicles, feature one of the best characters I have ever worked with, Mal, the angry, rebellious and complex teenager who grows into a man who changes his world beyond understanding.

I was thinking of Mal and Thea, the girl in my YA series Worldweavers series who couldn’t do magic and then grows up to become the greatest mage of all time when I was reading this story

10 Great Teens In Contemporary Fiction

by Jonathan Lee at Electric Lit.

Lee offers some interesting characters in novels and short stories, such as Addy in ‘Dare Me‘ by Megan Abbott. and the unnamed narrator in ‘Grotesque‘ by Natsuo Kirino.

Check out Lee’s picks at Electric Lit HERE

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‘Judy Blume changed my life’

At LitHub, Lily King tells how Judy Blume got her through her parents’ divorceJudy Blume

(As told to Bethanne Patrick)

“The book that changed my life was ‘It’s Not the End of the World’…It helped me process my parents’ divorce. It was 1973 (and) even though the circumstances were very different between my parents and Karen’s in the novel, reading her story made me feel that I had a friend going through this, experiencing her family coming to an end.”

Read the whole story at Lit Hub HERE

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IMAGINE THAT

Digital reading driven by older women

Research carried out for the ebook retailer Kobo finds three quarters of the most active digital readers are women over 45.

Read the whole story at The Guardian HERE

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As every author knows too well.

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ALL fiction is fantasy

Alma’s Bookshelf: “The Secrets of Jin-shei”

One of a series of essays on writing referencing my own books for examples

I spend half my life living in dreams, in alternate realities.

That might sound bizarre to some, even verging on pure lunacy – but it applies to every writer of fiction out there. Whether you’re writing contemporary thrillers, historical bodice-rippers, science fiction or pure fairy tale, you face one simple truth – whatever the world you’re in, it’s a world created by YOU.

There are places out there that feel like they have been torn out of the gritty gray reality of our own workaday world, where you can smell the smog in the streets and hear the squeal of brakes. It’s the kind of pure “reality” on which a lot of writers have built careers.

And then there are those, like me, who like to just make it all up.

The very first book I had published was a series of fairy tales, literary stories modeled rather more on the emotional and subtle and almost mystical fairy tales as told by Oscar Wilde. But every single one of those stories had one thing in common. They were set like tiny gems into a setting of their own particular world, a setting I took pains to build and create, a setting in which I lovingly breathed life into every leaf and every rose petal and every drop of sea foam I wrote about.

Worldbuilding is one of the most exhilarating, heady things that it is given to a writer to do. The process of building a world – star by star, tree by tree, shimmering piece of magic by shimmering piece of magic – is unsurpassed by anything that it is possible for the human mind to achieve.

True fantasy is extremely hard to do well, because you cannot rely on the familiar scaffolding of the world that your reader is already familiar with in order to tell your tale. The setting of a fantasy has to be so strong, so unbreakable, so seamless, that it is invisible – much like the real world is in a contemporary novel – and leaves its readers, at the completion of the book, waking up as if from a lovely dream.

But there is another kind of fantasy, one which I value even more highly, “historical” fantasy – the kind that magically invokes an otherness that is almost painfully familiar.

Historical fantasy is the kind that you read knowing, just knowing, that this IS in fact your own world… only different. The kind of book where the author has done a LOT of research into the details of his or her chosen period, and although choices were made for the sake of the story that may not match perfectly with the original historical events, those events are recreated in such a manner that the provenance of the fantasy itself is immediately warmly familiar.

The Secrets of Jin-shei coverWhen I began “The Secrets of Jin-shei”, this is the kind of book that I was writing. I took the rich tapestry of Imperial China, and I unraveled it thread by thread, and then re-wove it into a different world, a different China, my China, one that never really existed – but which owed everything to the time and place of its inspiration and which breathed the same mystical oriental air.

I researched meticulously – but this is not the kind of research that is done for a purely historical novel and aimed at checking facts. I was not going to exactly recreate the facts, I wanted to re-create the sense, the feel, the atmosphere.

My China, a land I called Syai, shared a lot of things with ancient China – not least a religion based on the Tao, and an Imperial court full of beautiful wives and concubines dressed in scarlet brocades and jeweled embroidery.

Most importantly of all, my central premise – the secret women’s language I called “jin ashu” and the bond of sisterhood known as “Jin-shei” that gives the novel its name — is real. There is a women’s language passed from mother to daughter over generations which has survived to the present day in this magical form, although the last of the women who learned the language, nushu, organically at their mothers’ knee are now almost gone. There was a sisterhood, known as “Jiebai Zhimei”, which sometimes linked women in strong bonds of friendship and which had its roots in this secret language that the women shared.

But Syai, my ‘China’, is NOT the real China.

In the real historical China women did not have the kind of power that the women in Syai do. In the real China the women’s language and the secret sisterhood had considerably less global influence than portrayed in the Syai of my novel. I took the reality, unraveled it, re-wove it into a fantasy cloth rich with myth and legend and tradition and history – but only the memory of reality.

Syai is not China, any more than a painting is a precise likeness of a photograph.

When I first submitted the novel for publication, the response was that it was something that “transcended fantasy” – and the novel was subsequently sold to a publisher far more mainstream in outlook than I might have expected it to go to. Reviews have stated that the book is a “genre-buster” and have called it “mainstream fantasy”. It has been published in 13 languages.

And yet I was afraid that there would be people out there who would inevitably pick it up as a “pure” historical novel, and who would shred the culture and milieu of Syai on the basis of the historical inaccuracies on which has been built. Indeed, that happened. For example, one reader wrote in her blog:

I need another recommendation for a good book. The Secrets of Jin-shei turned out to be a pretty good book being female-centered and all. but I still don’t agree with how the author changed so many things with the Chinese culture … I can’t help comparing it to Memoirs of a Geisha…(I felt)l like I was enriched with the Japanese culture… after reading Secrets I couldn’t help but feel cheated. China was never a matriarchal society and yet that is how she portrayed it…”

But “Jin-shei” was never meant to be a factual representation of a culture or a world in the manner that “Memoirs of a Geisha” was.

“The Secrets of Jin-shei” is a dream, not a reality.

It is true, of course, that all fiction, even if set in the ‘real’ world, is fantasy, a story told about a place that seems real, but is not. But it is here, in the realm of fantasy, that this becomes something very important.

Think of “The Secrets of Jin-shei”, if you like, as a Westernization of an ancient oriental fairy tale – of the kind that took the world by storm when ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon” made its explosive debut on the cinematic scene. (One of my favorite reviews of “Secrets of Jin-shei” , from a place that went by the completely appropriate name of China Books, cited that movie: “Combine ‘The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood’ with ‘The Joy Luck Club,’ add elements of ‘Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon,’ and you have this astonishing novel.” )

It is a dream. An alternate reality. A place that could have, might have, should have existed… but never did, except in my heart and my mind.

Buy “The Secrets of Jin-shei” HERE

A fuller version of this essay appeared on the Book View Café HERE

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Thank you for the Irish Coffees

I’ve done my share of dedications.

Some of them are obvious, if a little sentimental and whimsical:

To the REAL Spanish Gardens, now long vanished.
Thank you for the Irish Coffees.

(The ‘Spanish Gardens’ is a dead giveaway for which book)

But I’ve done others, among them:

1)
To victims of war:
Human beings
Human constructs
Human ideals

2)
To all of you out there who know what it means to be lost, and to be found.

3)
There is no one person out there to whom a book like this can be dedicated. But we all carry a bit of my “shifter” in us – and it is to that fragment, broken, snd damaged, and heroic, and glorious, forever young in some ways and wise beyond our years in others, that this novel is offered. In acknowledgment, and with thanks.

(“Letters from the Fire”, “Wolf”, and “Shifter”, for those playing along at home)

There are times that a dedication is no less than the spirit of the book.

There are other times when it’s just a tiny bit of brilliance trapped inside a book like a dragonfly in amber.

At Distractify, Beth Buczynski gives us:

22 Times The Dedication Page Was The Best Part Of The Book

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Dedication illustrationNo Way Back by Matthew Klein

Read them all at distractify.com HERE

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Guy leaves fake Self-Help Books in bookstore

Fake Self Help Books on shelf photoJeff Wysaski has planted self-help books with fake covers for unsuspecting shoppers to discover as they browse the aisles of an unnamed bookstore in West Hollywood.

The books are just fake covers placed on old used books, but it makes you wish he’d write a book just to see what he’d say about dealing with children who are centaurs.

Read more at boredpanda.com HERE

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50 best cult booksBest Cult Books montage photo

A cult book may be hard to define, The Telegraph tells us, but you know one when when you see one. They are somehow, intangibly, different from simple bestsellers.

One example:
Story of O by Pauline Réage (1954)
O is a beautiful woman who submits to the sadistic whims of various men…Bewildering, creepy and joyless, it’s a guaranteed detumescent.” (My husband, not yet out of his teens when he read it, disagrees with the last.)

Here is a selection of the most notable cult writing from the past two centuries. Some is classic. Some is catastrophic. All of it had the power to inspire . . .

See all the books at telegraph.co.uk HERE

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At The Week, James Harbeck gives us a primer on

How to identify any language at a glance by certain accent marksLanguage Marks illustration

That can be quite useful as the world shrinks and we run into more and more languages.

One example
Hungarian accent marks illlustrationRead the whole fascinating story at theweek.com HERE

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The digital explanation.

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Do you speak Spanglish?

Of the close to 60 million Latinos in the U.S, a generous portion speak Spanglish. At LitHub.com, Ilan Stavans offers a new version of English literature’s most famous scene.

Hamlet in Spanglish

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Ser, or not to ser: esa es la question.
Whether ’tis nobler sufrir en la mente
The slings y flechas of outrageous fortuna,
O tomar las arms against un mar de troubles,
Y al oponerlos end them? Morir, dormir,
No more, y, by domir to say que terminamos
The heart-ache y los mil natural shoques
Que la carne is heir to—’tis a consumación
Devoutly to be deseada. Morir, dormir;
Dormir, perchance soñar: ay, there’s el obstáculo:
For in that sueño of death what sueños may come

…….

 

Read the whole scene at LitHub.com HERE

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At The Guardian, Alison Flood reports on

Walt Whitman’s eyebrow-raising guide to ‘manly health’

Walt Whitman photoWalt Whitman in photo by George C. Cox, 1887. (Wikipedia Commons)

It’s “an essay on male beauty, a chauvinistic screed, a sports memoir, a eugenics manifesto…an anecdotal history of longevity, says the man who unearthed it, Zachary Turpin.

Whitman’s primary claims tilt from visionary to reactionary, commonsensical to nonsensical, egalitarian to racist, pacific to bloodthirsty – and back again,” Turpin says.

Read more at rawstory.com HERE
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At listverse.com, Mark Oliver tells us about

10 Sci-Fi Dystopias That Are Everyday Realities Today

Ray Bradbury once said, “I wasn’t trying to predict the future. I was trying to prevent it.”

Oliver thinks this is true of most science-fiction. “The genre has never been about predicting new technologies. Instead, its purpose is to warn us about the dark future to come, if we don’t change our path.”

Twilight Zone illustrationOne such warning came from The Twilight Zone episode: ‘Number 12 Looks Just Like You’ in which all young adults have to pick their face and body from a physically attractive design chosen from a small selection of numbered models.

Oliver points out that South Korea’s plastic surgery obsession echoes the point of the story.

You can see all 10 books on his list at listverse.com HERE

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At his blog, Terry Ibele offers us

Six Amazingly Bizarre Sci-Fi & Fantasy Novels You’ve Never Heard Of

One example:

Iris book cover

 

Iris: by William Barton and Michael Capobianco

Iris is about a group of astronauts who are all sexually interested in one another (so many love triangles, it turns into a love hexagon).

Of course the best place to send a sex-crazed orgy is to investigate a distant moon…The crew quickly discover an ancient alien “ark” ship on the moon… Just make sure to wear some gloves when you pick up this read…

 

See all the bizarre novels at Terry’s blog HERE

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It’s sometimes hard to know  which is which.

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The measure of a town

Bellingham is a bookish town. The plentiful new and used bookstores which we spotted as soon as we arrived on a scouting trip were in no small part the reason we decided to put down roots here.

There are bookstores which were far more seminal to our choice of Bellingham as home, but today I’m talking about one which we didn’t really discover until we had been here some time.Eclipse entrance photo

Eclipse Window Sign photoEclipse, a two-story book cave, is a second-hand bookstore in nearby Fairhaven. There’s something almost organic about the place, with books on all the walls, books stuffed on shelves arranged tightly in the midst of both floors, books rising like stalagmites from the floor in unsteady mounds, or stacked in rich and muddled towers on tables or counters wherever there is a bit of empty horizontal space. Books perch in a precarious pile on a corner of a railing outside the store.

Books. Books. Books. EVERYWHERE.

 

This isn’t the kind of place that gets steady foot go to the light, interior phototraffic – but there’s always someone here. People know about this store. Its name might mean an occlusion, but behind an eclipse is the light of a star, and these books SHINE. I don’t get there nearly often enough. I should go back far more frequently. It’s just that every time I GO there I end up carting home some more of its treasures, and my own shelves are groaning with words. Still…

Eclipse. Wonderful bookstore. Worth a visit, and getting lost in.

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Long long ago in a country far far away I went to school in a castle.

Bodel Castle Autumn The school was located in Bodelwyddan Castle, in Wales, and I went there for a year back in the last century. While I was there I had thought the only ‘dangerous’ thing in its green fields was sheep poop.

But it seems that there was more – like live bullets…  grenades… Good grief.

The Daily Post has reported that a live bullet and remains of a grenade were found on the grounds during an excavations to create replica World War I style trenches as part of a tourist attraction.

The idea of ‘training trenches’ makes my hackles rise. Oh GOD that war. That stupid, pointless, pitiless war. I mean, yes, all wars are stupid, pointless, pitiless, but WWI was a particularly evil incarnation. If there is anything to the reincarnation theory of existence I may well have been some poor sod who bought it in those trenches. My reaction to WWI is visceral and gut-wrenching.

And the idea that those tranquil Welsh fields where I once went to school were once dug up to train cannon fodder young men how to die in Flanders almost makes me physically ill.

They want this… for a TOURIST ATTRACTION? I’d run a mile in the opposite direction, myself. That, or fall on my knees in those trenches and weep all the tears I ever carried inside me.

Read the whole story by Gareth Hughes at the Daily Post website HERE

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NASA’s “Rocket Girls” Are No Longer Forgotten History

When Nathalia Holt stumbled upon the story of one of NASA’s first female employees, she was stunned to realize that there was a trove of women’s stories from the early days of NASA that had been lost to history. Holt was ultimately able to find a group of women whose work in rocket science dates back to before NASA even existed and wrote about them in “Rise of the Rocket Girls“.Computers In 1953 photoThe women “computers” pose for a group photo in 1953. (Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Read Naomi Shavin’s whole article at smithsonian.com HERE

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Survive the Apocalypse

Floating Ocean Home illustrationYou could head for the hills to wait out the effects of rising seas as the world warms, or you could opt for a floating home from Italian yacht-maker, Jet Capsule, and drift slowly around the globe. It’s just a concept right now, but maybe someday.

I’d probably spend my whole life seasick.

Read the whole story by John Anderson at gizmag.com HERE

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At flavorwire.com, Sarah Seltzer talks to the founder of ‘Bitch’ about

‘A Battle That Remains Only Half-Won’

Feminists Book Cover photo“So here we are,” writes Andi Zeisler — founder of feminist culture ‘zine Bitch — towards the close of her new book…

“We’ve got feminist underpants and feminist romance novels, feminist gifs and feminist jokes. We’ve got 12 feminist cocktails to make the world a better place, 10 reasons why The Mindy Project is a feminist masterpiece, and nine quotes that explain why Game of Thrones is actually empowering.”

Read the whole fascinating story at flavorwire.com HERE

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Infographics ‘R’Us

Writing Journey illustrationAt Adweek.com, Maryann Yin, shows us an infographic by Michelle Griep called ‘The Stages of Writing a Book.’

“The piece showcases the emotional journey that a writer undergoes to bring a story into fruition.”

 

See the whole infographic at Adweek.com HERE

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Maryann Yin shows us another Adweek.com infographic

Superwomen illustration
and asks:

Who’s your favorite female character from the DC Comics universe? The team at Bingo Find has created an infographic called Superheroines vs Supervillainesses: The Women of the DC Universe.”

 

 

See the whole infographic at Adweek.com HERE

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Shakespeare illustrationAnd then we have an infographic posted at Goodreads.com by Hayley Igarashi honoring Shakespeare.

“In honor of #ShakespeareWeek, try our helpful infographic to find out what celebrated play you should read next.”

See the whole infographic at Goodreads.com HERE

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Survive the Apocalypse — or notpoliticians debating global warming statue

A sculpture by street artist Isaac Cordal, which has been dubbed “Politicians Debating Global Warming.”

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