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Circe | Madeline Miller

“But in a solitary life, there are rare moments when another soul dips near yours, as stars once a year brush the earth. Such a constellation was he to me.”


Genre: Mythology. Number of Pages: 394. Perspective: First. Location: Greece.
This is a Greek mythology retelling from the perspective of the witch, Circe, from The Odyssey. It is similar to how Wicked gave backstory to the Wicked Witch. For a complete summary, you can go here.

I have mixed feelings on this one. Let me start by saying that I never enjoyed Greek mythology (except the Disney version of Hercules). So I really thought I would hate this book. The only reason why I even read it is because it was my book club’s pick. 
But Miller’s way of writing is captivating and hooked me from the beginning. I was caught up in it and loved all the action in the first half. I give the first half five stars. But the middle part slowed for me once she was on her own island. Then once Odysseus arrived, it was even worse (maybe I have some lingeri…
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Spotlight: The Underappreciated Movie Podcast

I wanted to share with you all a super cool podcast because they do some book-to-movie reviews, such as High Fidelity.  In this podcast series, four friends discuss movies that they love, but nobody else does. Carly, Elaine, John, and Tony pick older movies that have either a low rating (Rotten Tomatoes, IMDB) or films that didn’t make their money back in the theatre run.  Carly’s genre is Drama/Romance, John’s is Action/Adventure, Elaine’s is Science-fiction/Fantasy, and Tony’s is Horror/Thriller.  Each week, one of those four people pick a movie and the group breaks down the film, writers, directors, and cast. At least, that is what is supposed to happen. Most of the time they stray off topic into crazy rants about time travel, relationships between demons and humans, or whatever odd topic the film unleashes on the conversation. Bad impressions, personal stories, arguments on everything from the quality of a rapper turned actor to which female the slasher killed had the best boobs.  Som…

How to Stop Time | Matt Haig

“That's the thing with time, isn't it? It's not all the same. Some days - some years - some decades - are empty. There is nothing to them. It's just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. It is the whole thing.”



Genre: Low Fantasy/Historical Fiction. Number of Pages: 325. Perspective: First. Location: London.
Tom is part of a rare group of people that age much slower than normal. The trick to staying safe when you are over 400 years old is to change your identity every eight years and never form attachments to other people. For a complete summary, you can go here.
Eh, this one fell flat for me. For someone who felt absolute loneliness, I didn’t feel a lot of emotions. Even at the end when he had what should have been an emotional reconnection with someone, I didn’t feel any emotion from either character. There was a lot of filtering that distanced me from the emotions. There was also a lot of telling rather than sho…

Q & A with Author Lia London

Hi, Lia. Let's get started. What is your book NOT about?
It is not about space wars or overcoming some centralized, epically evil, authoritarian threat. There are no Death Stars or Evil Empires or anything like them.
What is your book about?
That’s always a loaded question because there’s the plot version of “what’s it about” and the deeper meaning version of the question. The plot is about a restless teen girl who was born and raised on an orbiting space station in a galaxy far away. She’s sick to death of life in a flying pitstop and wants to go down to the surface of one of three habitable planets in the system. After a freak encounter with an alien, events lead to her wish coming true … sort of. She’s banished to a reformatory on one of the planets. But once she escapes and reconnects with the alien, things get very interesting.
The deeper meaning “what’s it about” answer is what leadership, power, freedom, friendship really mean. It’s definitely a coming-of-age journey even as sh…

Any Man | Amber Tamblyn

Genre: Thriller. Number of Pages: 288. Perspective: First/Third Alternating. Location: United States.
There is a hunt for a woman serial rapist. She takes men as her prey and leaves them to suffer. This is the men’s stories about their struggle to cope in the aftermath. For a complete summary, you can go here.

Well, this book is hard to review. It took a while to get into because the first part is written more like poetic prose. But once I got into the very unique flow, I was hooked. I read the entire book in one sitting. Tamblyn did an amazing job giving each character a very distinctive voice. The format is unlike any other book I have read. This will be one that people either love or hate, but it will fuel some interesting discussion. 
The content is disturbing and shocking. But that is the point. Making the rapist a woman flips all the double-standards our society has upside down. I think this is a very timely and important book. It may seem ridiculous and too unbelievable for some peop…

9 Ways to Finish Your Book

This is a guest post by Shaun Hume. 
I guess I should precursor this list by saying my book, as I've never written your book, per se, or finished it either, so how am I supposed to know?
Well, what I was kind of hoping for is that my experiences in knuckling down and finishing novels would in some way be relatable to all of you lovely people out there. That, in general, the tools and techniques for finishing a book which have helped me, can also help you. 
The points might not ALL work for your, but I can guarantee you they certainly all worked for me, and helped to keep me on the path of productive writing!  
But saying all that, here you go ... 
1. Just do it. Google "Shia LaBeouf Motivation", and you can thank me later ;)



2. Repeat the previous tip, every day. I'm not actually joking about that one! 
3. Set a day word target. Sounds simple, but by golly does it work! 100 or 1,000 words a day, any number really. Pick a number low enough so that you feel comfortable with a…

Major Mistakes Of Beginning Writers

This is a guest post by Melisa Marzett.  If you think that great writers were born talented, that is a great mistake. Being a novelist or a journalist is hard work. The first attempt to master these skills is always difficult since it is a time when all the mistakes are revealed since you just start your adventure to the world of writers. All professional writers got through these difficulties. The crucial thing is to understand that you can succeed only by means of hardworking.  Never scold and criticize your work. Remember that your mistakes are inevitable. This is a kind of training period, providing experience and skill. Try to notice your mistakes at once and fix them. Thus, you won't lose your interest to be a writer and continue developing. In this article, five main mistakes of newly arrived writers will be examined. We consider new writers to be people longing to write something but without appropriate skills to implement this dream.  1. Uncertain Writer's ViewpointThe f…

 5 Promotion Methods I Have Tried: For the Self-Published Author

This is a guest post by James Tingle. 
1) Letter Campaign This first method was something I thought of doing a while ago and I'm not sure whether many people have tried to do anything similar or not. What I did a few years ago with a book I had just released and have done again recently with my new title Mervano, was to write a letter on my computer, introducing myself and giving a quick synopsis of the book and letting them know where to buy it. I printed out twenty-five letters each day and bought envelopes and folded the letters and sealed them up until I had about twenty carrier bags full of letters. I then did a list of streets to deliver to and delivered each bag to a few streets over a few weeks until all were done. The success of this method the first time a few years ago was that I got about thirty sales and a review on Amazon so it did have some benefits but I repeated this recently with the new book and only got a few sales (although I did do quite a few less bags of let…