Stories edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio

July 31, 2012

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Readers of this post may be asking themselves, “what took so long to get this post up? The guy running this blog said it would be up two weeks ago; and it’s not even that great of a review anyway!” In answer to those questions, and others like it, I say, I messed up. There […]

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Breaking Blog News

July 9, 2012

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At 12:28 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on July 8, 2012 “A Chapter at a Time” was found deceased in its home on WordPress.com. Cause of death was attributed to lack of attention by its webmaster, and a tendency to not adhere to its original mission statement. Yes, this is a little dramatic, but I needed […]

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Far From My Home Never to Return: A Polish Child’s WWII Memoir

April 16, 2012

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There are thousands of books in bookstores telling the story of World War II. Some focus on how America acted, some focus on the Japanese point of view, and some even tell about ship operators whose only job was keeping the warships running. There are so many books, it seems like there are no new […]

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Fun Book Things, and a Hunger Games Drinking Game

February 22, 2012

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I am once again working hard at writing reviews for the Portland Book Review. I just received news several of mine will be published in the next print issue, coming this March. That being said, I wanted to pass along some of my favorite bookish websites. Some are funny, some are interesting, and some are […]

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

February 17, 2012

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It has been a long time since I read a book for fun. My time has been occupied with reviewing books for the Portland Book Review and reading books for Barnes & Noble. So when I finally had an open week where I didn’t have anything to read, I picked up a book that has […]

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Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs

November 16, 2011

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Southern Gods by John Hornor Jacobs tells the interweaving story of “Bull” Ingram and Sarah Rheinhart who are both searching for truths. Ingram, hired to find a lost DJ in Arkansas, and Rheinhart, living with her sick mother after leaving her husband, join together to reveal the truth about how their lives have been destine to […]

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You Know Who You Are by Ben Dolnick

May 10, 2011

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“You Know Who You Are” is the epitome of coming-of-age stories.  The book follows Jacob Vine, a middle school student just trying to survive adolescence.  Jacob must cope with meeting and losing friends, trying to compete with a “perfect” older brother and dealing with the loss of a family member. “You Know Who You Are” […]

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The Color of Night by Madison Smartt Bell

March 15, 2011

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Thousands of writers submit manuscripts everyday to publishers around the world.  Instead of them being chosen, and possibly releasing the next “Harry Potter” or “Fahrenheit 451,” Madison Smart Bell gets to release his 15th novel to date.  “The Color of Night” focuses around a woman, Mae, reconnecting with her long lost lesbian lover after seeing […]

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The Infinities by John Banville

March 7, 2011

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*I received this book as a review copy from Random House for my university newspaper.  This begins my professional literary review career…hopefully* John Banville’s fifteenth novel handles the issues of family and death in uncommon ways, leading readers to question their own lives and be entertained at the same time.“The Infinities” opens with Adam Godley, […]

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The Book of Lies by Brad Meltzer

January 15, 2011

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After being introduced to the “Great Dan Brown,” in 2005, I thought no thriller could ever live up to my expectations.  He blends so well historical fact, and almost believable fiction, into an engaging story that makes the book hard to put down. After seeing The Book of Lies sitting in the coveted front section […]

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