Books


Bookstores are magical places: shops where you walk in and are immediately presented with thousands of portals to other worlds. But we also hear a lot about the difficulty of maintaining an independent bookstore nowadays, with quickly changing technology and ease of online ordering. That’s why I’m excited to feature an interview with Barbara Saunders Sims, the owner of the thriving Storybook Village in Pentwater, MI....

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There are a few things that, no matter the merits or the popularity of the book, I am (generally! usually!) cranky about as a reader. These are entirely frivolous matters of personal preference that have become, for me, pet peeves: 1. Gore. I have to skim this. When people in thrillers are getting threatened by saws and hammers and the like, I cannot handle. I will have to skip to when the damage is done and/or people are either dead...

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One of my favorite parts about Stefan Bachmann‘s writing is the beauty and imagination of his prose. Not only are his worlds so imaginative, but each character, each description, and each setting is infused with wonder. I first came across his work in THE PECULIAR, which I highly recommend. Bachmann has since published a sequel, THE WHATNOT, and a new title, A DROP OF NIGHT.   THE PECULIAR has received a number of fantastic...

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GOTHIC BOOKS – COCKTAIL RECIPE Serves: 1 reader Prep time: As long as it takes you to browse the bookstore. A hint of ghosts. They don’t have to be real ghosts. But if something spooky or supernatural is happening, and we don’t know what yet…perfect. A murder. A body means something happened that must be explained, which means learning about secret desires, jealousies, betrayals, and all sorts of deviousness of the human heart....

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