BOOK REVIEW: The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel

The Spellbook of Katrina Van Tassel by Alyssa Palombo (Historical Fantasy Novel, October 2018). This involving novel takes “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” Washington Irving’s classic short story of love, jealousy and the supernatural, and simultaneously expands and re-imagines it with Katrina as the central character. As in the original, Katrina becomes the unwitting focal point […]

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Hag-Seed by Margaret Attwood (Novel, 2016). Bestselling and much honored, multiple-award-winning Canadian author Margaret Attwood’s latest is (typically for her) something a bit off the beaten-path. Hag-Seed is both a simultaneous tribute to and a re-imagining of one of Will Shakespeare’s more funky works–The Tempest. Magic, revenge, love and redemption–all the aspects of the play are here. The […]

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July 14 at the Grand Midway

 A steamy night at the Grand Midway, so instead of hot coffee I’ve snagged a tall can of Arizona Fruit Punch juice cocktail to start with. First movie: Fast Times at Ridgemont High. If anybody’s crazy enough to want HOT drinks tonight, there’s Vanilla Hazlenut and Starbucks Regular Coffees, as well as hot water for various […]

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