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On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 2d ago

Page-turners

I really should stop reading creepy crime novels at bedtime if I ever want to get some sleep. Consider police detective Casey Duncan at the beginning of Kelley Armstrong’s decidedly chilly A...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 2W ago

Novel novels

I can’t remember the last time I thought of H.P. Lovecraft or read one of his weird horror tales. But then Samantha Bee recently invoked Cthulhu on her TV show, displaying his tentacled visa...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 1M ago

Head ’em up, move ’em out

I’m rereading Larry McMurtry’s epic Western Lonesome Dove. I’ve been wanting to for some time, and then I decided to review Paulette Jiles’ News of the World for my book club Friday, so I re...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 1M ago

Reality check

It’s about time. Really. In addition to having a wonderfully apt title, Elan Mastai’s first novel All Our Wrong Todays (Dutton Penguin, digital galley) is a wonderfully entertaining and time...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 2M ago

Someplace else

“Sometimes you read fiction just because you want to be someplace else.” That was President Barack Obama talking recently to The New York Times about what books mean to him. He reads widely,...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 2M ago

Wintry mix

Who knew sleep sex was a thing? Actually, it’s part of the sleep disorder that afflicts wife and mother Annalee Ahlberg in Chris Bohjalian’s The Sleepwalker (Knopf Doubleday, digital galley)...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 3M ago

Late and soon

Generally, I enjoy reading and/or  watching year-in-review stories and programs. This year –with Santa harnessing flying pigs to his sleigh — not so much. The last 12 months were studded wit...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 4M ago

November surprises

Mystery writers are magicians of sorts, constructing clever puzzles, misdirecting our attention, dazzling us with their verbal sleight of hand. They also juggle characters and clues, and, so...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 5M ago

Extra, extra!

I wanted to be a cowboy when I was little. Or a pioneer, or a rider for the Pony Express. These career choices were influenced by my love of horses, the Little House on the Prairie books and...
On a Clear Day, I Can Read Forever · 5M ago

Keep calm and keep reading

This time last week I was reading up a storm. That’s because Hurricane Matthew was knocking on the door, and my action plan called for a flashlight, batteries and books. (Also chocolate, but...