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Night Side of the River

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸ’« A wonderful, brilliantly-written, and wildly eclectic collection of ghost-themed short stories, from one of my favorite authors, interspersed with several ghostly introspections based on her own real life experiences. The stories run the gamut from spine-tingling and sinister, to heartbreaking and grieving, all the way to downright reflective and…

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Normal Rules Don’t Apply

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• An eclectic collection of stories from one of my very favorite authors, which this reader found as unexpectedly delightful as anything ever met, between the pages. What if you got to do a do-over? Not one, actually, but if you were granted an infinite number of chances to build…

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Again and again and again

πŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸπŸŒŸβž• A slim volume packed with luminous insight, cleverly recursive in its themes of time, love and death, and surrounding it all - a haunting ode to awareness, and the infinitely contradictory path a lifetime of self-reflection, (peppered with the unconscious memories and associations of decades spent learning) opens us…

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Case Files

🌟🌟🌟🌟 A combination of short, edgy crime stories, and a few that are somewhat longer, (chapter-based), the final one featuring a trainee Detective Kay Hunter (who is featured a long-running book series). With the author’s knack for writing atmospheric, twisty short stories, many of which contain clever and surprising endings,…

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My First Popsicle

🌟🌟🌟🌟 πŸ’« Heartwarming and cozy, like cocoa before a warm fire, this book explores the random thoughts and musings expressed by a group of actors, creatives, writers, directors and artists, (most of them with only a personal, and not professional, involvement with food) when asked to create an essay for…

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Peripheral Visions

🌟🌟🌟🌟 An affecting and poignant collection of short stories, each of them featuring strong characterization and a struggle, of some sort, with deep and emotional impact, arising out of the kinds of quandaries ordinary people - people just like us - can end-up finding themselves lost in. Several of the…

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Music of the Night

🌟🌟🌟🌟1/2 A feast for lovers of contemporary crime fiction, this stellar collection of 25 stories, all written by members of CWA and embracing a theme of music, is both a must read and a rare and captivating treat. With stories reaching broadly across the crime genre, including procedural police investigations,…

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Home of the Floating Lily

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The eight stories in this wonderful collection will sneak up on you - so perfectly curated are they that you will find yourself carried away to a time and a place as evocative and immersive as if you were lost in the pages of a full-length novel. Very reminiscent…

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Always Never, Rarely Sometimes

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2 With a story-telling style (and hints of magic) reminiscent of Ray Bradbury, and populated by darkly flat-affect characters straight out of Patricia Highsmith, this set of short stories is interesting, unusual and intriguingly compelling. Each of the stories features a story spun around a main protagonist (and in…

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