A revisionist fairy tale from Gregory Maguire and a collection of spooky ghost stories, edited and translated by Muireann Maguire.
ACCENT: A Little Russian Collection
Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Gregory Maguire, best known for his Wicked books, is back with another revisionist fairy tale. This time, he weaves together classic Russian elements — Baba Yaga, Faberge eggs, endless train tracks, snow laden countryside — in this middle grade novel.
Elena is a young girl who lives in a dying country town. There is no money, no food and even less hope. Her mother…
"They´re both very cool, they´re very sophisticated, they´re very low key about it, they have a lot of wit, a lot of charm. But he is the master of the double entendre. He is the master of clever line delivery, that seems to be tossed casually over his shoulder. No one can handle him on screen - except Myrna Loy and puncture his balloon."
Jeanine Basinger, film historian
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Peering Anew at My Own World - INTERVIEW WITH MICHAEL SIMS
I had the great honor to interview writer and editor Michael Sims about his newest book, The Phantom Coach and pick his brain about growing up in rural Tennessee, the (super)natural and what the ghost stories of our time will be like.
Did that disconnection from what some might call “civilization” imbue you with an affinity for the supernatural?
Actually, I think it did the opposite. In real…
Silly Halloween Writing Challenge
Like to do silly things? Like to play Mad Libs? I’m hosting a writing game for Halloween. More info here.
SUMMER OF CHRISTIE: After the Funeral
Alright, we are wrapping up the Summer of Christie and Sophie Hannah’s new Poirot mystery The Monogram Murders is just around the corner. I’d like to thank Book Club Girl for hosting our discussions and to Kaitlin at William Morrow for sending us books and asking great questions.
1.) From the beginning, there is tension among the surviving Abernethie family. Despite being bound together by name…
Books for September
Somehow, it is already September. Soon, clocks will turn back and afternoons will turn into night even sooner. Throw blankets will become part of the household wardrobe and a warm mug of tea a necessity. Here are some titles to help you ignore the dying of the light.
REVIEW: THE PHANTOM COACH by Michael Sims
Michael Sims has once again curated a fascinating and perhaps unexpected collection of stories for the Victorian reader.
None of these stories rely on scare tactics as such. They are unsettling. They get into your head and rattle around, like a ghost clinking its chains. They are all the more unnerving, just as ghostly movies are more effective when they rely on imagination and psychological…