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Charles Stross, The Hidden Family

Cover of Charles Stross The Hidden Family

The second novel in a projected trilogy by Charles Stross, The Hidden Family picks up right where the first one ends, with Miriam fleeing an assassination attempt and an attempt to frame her in an attack on another member of The Clan. While she attempts to discover who most wants…

The Pioneer Woman Cooks—Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond. The Pioneer Woman Cooks. Harper Collins, NY. 2009. ISBN: 978-0-06-165819-8 Buy from Amazon Buy from iBooks Buy From Powell’s Ree Drummond was a Southern California college graduate with plans to move to Chicago and start law school when she met an Oklahoma cattle rancher. She married “Marlboro Man,”…

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition—Anthony Bourdain

Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. Anthony Bourdain. Ecco, January, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0060899226. Buy from Amazon. Buy from Powell’s   I first heard about Anthony Bourdain via his No Reservations show on the Travel channel. It was immediately clear that Bourdain not only loves food, he loves…

Club Dead—Charlaine Harris

Club Dead Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire/Sookie Stackhouse 3 Ace Books, 2003. ISBN-13: 978-0441010516. Buy from Powell’s Buy from Amazon Charlaine Harris’ Club Dead is the third in her series of “Southern Vampire” novels, preceded by Dead Until Dark and Living Dead in Dallas, both of which were previously reviewed for…

Interrupted Music The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology—Verlyn Flieger

Verlyn Flieger. Interrupted Music: The Making of Tolkien’s Mythology. Kent State University Press, 2005. ISBN: This is not the first Verlyn Flieger Tolkien study we’ve reviewed, and I hope it won’t be the last. Interrupted Music is a brilliant study of Tolkien’s mythic creation, with particular emphasis on the role…

The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales — Patrick K. Ford

Ford, Patrick K. The Mabinogi and Other Medieval Welsh Tales. Berkley: University of California Press, 1977. February 2008, second edition. ISBN: 0520253964 Buy from Amazon The mabinogi, as the four branches are probably properly called, are a collection of four interrelated Welsh mythological tales. They consist, in order, of “Pwyll,…

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