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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Break No Bones by Kathy Reichs (Mystery novel, 2006). Over the years I enjoyed many episodes of the TV series Bones, featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan. The show’s based on a series of novels by Kathy Reichs (who works in this fascinating field in real life). I finally decided to read one of the books and…let’s get this […]

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 DOLLS ARE DEADLY by Brett Halliday (Detective Novel, 1960, Dell Books). Don’t be fooled by the cover art–the “dolls’ in the titles in this mediocre pulp crime book in the Mike Shayne series are NOT dangerous-if-hot females–they’re voodoo dolls that a mixed bag of victims receive shortly before being ‘offed.’ Oh, well–at least the artist […]

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I live in a fairly obscure and quite small town in west-central Pennsylvania, though it has produced (or at least claimed–more on that, in a bit) a number of famous people (in various fields of endeavor). First up, let’s admit that this onetime coal mining center itself has a decidedly funny name: Windber. A major […]

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