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Jude Morrissey
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Just a Pretty Picture and Some Links Today!
Here's the pretty picture: I like bright colors. Also: Links! Library Land   Freedom to Read: The 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-In "We avid readers know the value of access to books and information. It’s essential not just as a form of entertainment but also ...

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Back from Basics
Well, I've decided to change my blog again. I haven't even done my first book review of the year, but I think I'm going back to posting links to news articles. In large part, this is because I'm tired of Facebook and backing out slowly - I don't know that I...

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State of the Blog
Hurrah! Year three of the blog, and time to change things up again! First things first - how'd I do with my 2016 resolutions? Read Books.  Check! My "goal" was 42; I finished up with 105. Finish P.D. James's Adam Dalgliesh series.  Nope. I just couldn't get...

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As Above, So Below: Religion in December
Religious nonfiction falls into two broad categories - devotional and religious studies. Devotional works are meant to help an individual or group grow closer to the sacred heart of their religious faith. Religious studies, on the other hand, are the academ...

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The Devil Made Me Do It: Horror in November
November - particularly this November - is the perfect month to delve into horror. As a genre, horror is supposed to dredge up fear, dread, and the particular type of suspense that makes you want to avoid what you know is coming even while you rush straight...

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I Feel Fine: Post-Apocalyptic October
For October, we're looking at Post-Apocalyptic stories! While the basic premise of the genre is pretty clear - civilization has ended; now what? - there are a few defining features that may have slipped your notice. Typically, the end of the world (or, at l...

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Bon Appétit! Snacking through September
This month, we're doing things a little differently - rather than focusing on a particular genre, we're looking at a theme! We're going to be talking about something universally appreciated, a core aspect of civilization and community building - food. If th...

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Is It Getting Hot in Here, Or...? Romantic Fantasy in August's Heat
It has been a very hot month, hasn't it? For August, we're focusing on Romantic Fantasy - a subgenre of Fantasy with elements of Romance. While the romantic relationship will be the obvious focus, other relationships - including social and political ones - ...

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Mythologizing July
For July, we're going to take a look at modern mythology - a special type of retold tale! Retold tales in general are a neat genre - they take familiar and important stories, ones that have already had a great deal of impact on our lives, and twist them up ...

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What If? Alternate History in June
[First off, an apology: this was supposed to be a  nonfiction month. We were going to look at historical nonfiction. Why did we end up with alternate history? I'll answer that in a bit.] "What if...?" is probably a question better asked before making big de...
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