The Hangman’s Song Review

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The Hangman’s Song by James Oswald Unexplained suicides start occurring in Edinburgh.  Young men are found hanging, naked, from ropes in their homes.  Each death is accompanied by a strange note, which to all intents and purposes, suggests the death was a suicide. Detective Inspector Tony McLean is not so certain. Unfortunately, his investigation is […]

Broken Souls Review

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Broken Souls by Stephen Blackmoore After being “married” to Santa Muerte, the Aztec goddess of death, necromancer Eric Carter has returned to Los Angeles in search of answers. Due to the fact that Santa Muerte set up his sister to be murdered and his powers are changing in frightening ways, Carter desperately wants to break […]

Grandpa’s Third Drawer Review

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Grandpa’s Third Drawer: Unlocking Holocaust Memories  by Judy Tal Kopelman  A young boy who loves playing in his Grandfather’s study was understandably curious about the desk drawer that is always locked. When an opportunity presented itself, the boy couldn’t resist peeking at the contents. Naturally, the boy’s Grandfather discovered him looking at the contents which […]

The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel Review

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The Graveyard Book Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman Just as engaging as the original, this full color graphic adaptation of the juvenile book by the same title, covers chapters one through five and is just as engaging as the original. First of a two part set, the story begins ten years ago when a frightening […]

Authors Martin Amis, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy Marley At Texas Book Festival, Schedule

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Book festival spotlight: Authors Martin Amis, Lidia Bastianich, Ziggy Marley will participate in the Texas Book FestivaL.Festival literary director Steph Opitz says that these are a few of the headliners for this year’s Festival, with more to be announced as the date gets closer.“This year’s Festival has some really cool opportunities for discovery,” Opitz says. […]

Pastels Unleashed Review

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Pastels Unleashed by Margaret Evans An unusual art book as it focuses on a medium that is often overlooked by artists.  Pastel crayons can make extremely successful paintings creating atmospheric effects. As Margaret points out ‘pastel is the most spontaneous medium you can paint with. Some have the preconception that pastels are just coloured chalks; […]

Disney’s ‘Tangled’ Audiobook Brought To Life By Renee Raudman’s Narration

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Tangled, Disney’s 2010 blockbuster based on the Rapunzel story, is finally available in audiobook form recorded by award winning narrator, Renée Raudman.Disney released Tangled: The Junior Novelization, in 2010 in conjunction with the premiere of their feature film of the same name. The original film earned over $600 million and an Oscar for Best Original […]

The Enchantment Emporium Review

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The Enchantment Emporium by Tanya Huff I loved this book – it is really enchanting, mischievous and lively, a wonderful fantasy creation. Alysha Gale is twenty four, unemployed and tired of her family meddling in her life. Her job at a museum has just folded and she is in desperate need of work.  Then a […]

The Raven Queen Review

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The Raven Queen (Feral Child) by Che Golden The concluding book in the Feral Child series – and it is definitely good!  War in the faerie realm now threatens to spill into the human world. The Morrighan, queen of the Tuatha has awakened, and now Maddy has the task of trying to outwit the Morrighan […]

Three Must-Reads Before Comic-Con 2014 From Quirk Books

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Three cool books to take to Comic-Con and look for the Quirk Books booth too!Just in time for San Diego Comic Con, Quirk has produced a free e-book: Stuff Every Geek Should Know is packed with tips, articles, and how-tos on everything from performing Jedi mind tricks to creating your own cosplay gear to wooing […]

The Seat of Magic Review

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The Seat of Magic: A Novel of the Golden City by J. Kathleen Cheney Years earlier, all magical beings were beings were banned from the Golden City though several of those residents chose to remain and live there in secret. Oriana Paredes who was banned from the city two weeks ago, supposedly went to visit her […]

Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques Review

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Urban Sketching: The Complete Guide to Techniques by Thomas Thorspecken Vibrant, lively and constantly changing; towns and cities offer considerable scope to artists. The hardest part is getting the initial sketch done quickly because the scene can change so quickly around you.  This is where the work of Thomas Thorspecken can teach so much. Thorspecken […]

Inside Man Review

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Inside Man by Jeff Abbott Former CIA agent Sam Capra returns and this time he’s trying to make good on a debt of gratitude owed to close friend Steve Robles. Unfortunately, Steve was gunned down outside a Miami bar and Sam is determined to find the killer and bring him or her to justice. With […]

The Bone Seeker Review

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The Bone Seeker: An Edie Kiglatuk Mystery by M. J. McGrath Third of the Edie Kiglatuk Mystery series finds Edie, a half Inuit and half Anglo, working as a summer teacher in the tiny village of Kuujuaq near Lake Turngaluk located in the Canadian arctic. The lake has a fearsome reputation among the native people, a […]

Burn For Me Review

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Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews In private investigator Nevada Baylor’s world, magic and the power that comes with it, rules the land. Thanks to a serum designed for the military in the mid-1800”s, solder’s latent magic abilities were able to develop. It was soon discovered that the progeny of those test subjects carried that […]

Those Who Wish Me Dead Review

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From the moment thirteen-year-old Jace Wilson watched two men dressed as cops brutally murder a man, his young life was endangered. Placed into a witness protection program, Jace was sent to a wilderness survival camp high in the Montana mountains run by Ethan and Allison Serbin. Given a new identity, Jace was part of a […]

Chu’s First Day of School Review

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The first day of school can be a scary thing as Chu, a young panda cub is discovering. Fortunately, a nice teacher and lots of friendly children ease Chu’s fears, especially after he demonstrates a talent no one else in class has. Parents familiar with Chu’s Day will remember what that talent is, complete with […]

Wild Connection Review

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Wild Connection: What Animal Courtship and Mating Tell Us about Human Relationships by Jennifer L. Verdolin From aardvark to zebra, all animals, including humans seek to exchange DNA with the best possible mate. Toward this end, each species has evolved courtship and mating rituals. This compelling, science based book explores parallels and differences between human […]

The Cleaner of Chartres Review

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The Cleaner of Chartres: A Novel Paperback by Salley Vickers Cleaner of Chartres Found twenty years ago wrapped up in a heavy coat and sound asleep tucked in a quiet corner of the historic Notre-Dame Cathedral, Abbe Paul took pity on the young woman. Instead of waking Agnes Morel and sending her on her way, Abbe […]

Painting from the Collection of the Sheldon Museum of Art Review

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Produced in honor of the 50th birthday of the Sheldon Museum of Art’s Philip Johnson designed building and the 125th anniversary of the Sheldon Art Association, this stunning catalog of one hundred twenty-five major works is a visual feast for both the eye and soul. Showcasing the work of predominately American artists, though the very […]