Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Devil’s Details

You hear a lot in writing circles about “the Telling Detail”  that nifty little thing that clinches the scene or the character, making it all just right.  Choosing the right well-observed detail can fix the image in the reader’s mind–revealing … Continue reading

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Review: the Major Surgery Of Guy De Chauliac, a 14th century Surgeon’s Guide

the Major Surgery Of Guy De Chauliac by Leonard D. Rosenman My rating: 4 of 5 stars It is a terrible defect in my education that I do not read Latin–especially now that I am involved with research for my … Continue reading

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The Ultimate Sacrifice: It’s not what you think.

On Friday of this week, we are honoring veterans, as we should be honoring them every day.  Even those who don’t support war have come to understand the vital need to support the soldiers themselves, to ensure that returning veterans … Continue reading

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Review: The Drowning City, a flawed fantasy

The Drowning City by Amanda Downum My rating: 3 of 5 stars A promising work, that fell sadly flat. I’m always excited to see fantasy works with unusual settings and characters, so this is the first from my World Fantasy … Continue reading

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