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I have a bachelor's in writing and a master's in literature, which has created a real dislike for purely academic and educational interpretations of literary works. A book is good not because it meets some literary requirement, can be analyzed to death, or whatever, but because you enjoy it when you start, you enjoy it while reading it, and when you're done with it you still enjoy it. The best books are those that make you feel better when you reach the end, regardless of whether or not they survive "the test of time." I've read and enjoyed books from just about every genre, and believe that a good story with good characters (even ones you nejoy not liking) is the best kind of story.

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Steven Gregory First, read. Read many books in the area you are interested in. Find what you like about them and don't like. Then write. Then read what you wrote as…moreFirst, read. Read many books in the area you are interested in. Find what you like about them and don't like. Then write. Then read what you wrote as if you were a reader. Then rewrite. Wash, rinse, repeat until you are satisfied. Then have someone else you trust read it. When everyone is satisfied, go for it!(less)
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We are meant to laugh. At a bare minimum, we should laugh every day. A couple times a day wouldn't be bad either. Why? Well, without getting too technical, it's because our bodies and minds are better when we laugh. You can read all the studies about endorphins and stress release, people being healed through laughter, and even about the laughing clubs that exist (yes, really). But you really do... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on March 18, 2014 20:09 • 26 views • Tags: fairy-tales, folk-tales, folktales, happily-ever-after, happiness, happy, laughing, laughter, smile, smiling, wisdom

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Vingede by Krisi Keley
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Steven and 4 other people liked Werner's review of Saint Sebastian's Head:
Saint Sebastian's Head by LeAnn Neal Reilly
""The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." --Gospel of John 1:5

Author LeAnn Neal Reilly doesn't use the above Bible verse as an epigraph for this gut-wrenching novel, but it would serve very aptly. Both light and dar..." Read more of this review »
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A Bad Spell in Yurt by C. Dale Brittain
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This is a decent book that could have been better had it tried to be more one thing or the other. In its attempt to be some of everything (religious, fantasy, mystery, humorous) it kind of fell flat for me. Not that I didn't enjoy it, but I could hav ...more
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Everflame by Dylan Lee Peters
Everflame
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Normally, rather than give a low review of book I just ignore it because I know the process involved. But then I also recognize that if I never give a low review my better reviews lack merit. So, with all apologies to Mr. Peters, this is one of the f ...more
Steven and 43 other people liked Gundula's review of The Secret Garden:
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
"I first read this wonderful and evocative story at around age twelve or thirteen (it was likely one of the first longer novels I read entirely in English, not counting books read for school). I simply adored The Secret Garden when I read it as a y..." Read more of this review »
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Servant by John  D. Brown
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This book is a solid 4 1/2 stars (with the obvious nudge upward in this rating system). There were parts of it that beg for five stars, but there are other parts that bring it down. Nevertheless, it gets top marks from me, despite the fact it's the f ...more
Steven and 11 other people liked Werner's review of The Jack Tales:
The Jack Tales by Richard Chase
"As kids, most Americans are exposed, at one time or another, to a retelling of the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Some Americans are vaguely aware that this is a very old story, going back several centuries at least. But most modern people really..." Read more of this review »
The Trilisk Ruins by Michael McCloskey
" C wrote: ""being too close too good for its own good" - An excellent turn of phrase there..."

Thanks, C! Even though I put one too many o's in that sec
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Wanderer's Escape by Simon Goodson
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Well, here I am again reading the first book in a series and then wondering what I was thinking. My first thought when I started this book was that it read incredibly similar to something I would have read back in high school or junior high. And then ...more
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Typewriter in the Sky by L. Ron Hubbard
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When most folks think of L. Ron Hubbard we immediately think of "Battlefield Earth" or "Dianetics" and scientology, but he was a prolific writer who wrote in just about every genre. So this book of "speculative fiction" is not a surprise to come from ...more
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“The stories told by ancient peoples from which we are descended have managed to put into pleasant and entertaining words what we’ve been repeating ever since in living rooms, courts, churches, and therapy sessions. The “life tips” that we seek have been there for us all along.”
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“The fight is not always to the strongest nor the race always to the swiftest. And even if the playing field is not level, the "little guy" is going to win every now and again.”
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“I wanted to change the world. But I have found that the only thing one can be sure of changing is oneself.”
Aldous Huxley, Point Counter Point

“All that happens means something; nothing you do is ever insignificant.”
Aldous Huxley, Crome Yellow
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“Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities.”
Aldous Huxley

“Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. It is all part of the fairy tale.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

“When I was alive, I believed — as you do — that time was at least as real and solid as myself, and probably more so. I said 'one o'clock' as though I could see it, and 'Monday' as though I could find it on the map; and I let myself be hurried along from minute to minute, day to day, year to year, as though I were actually moving from one place to another. Like everyone else, I lived in a house bricked up with seconds and minutes, weekends and New Year's Days, and I never went outside until I died, because there was no other door. Now I know that I could have walked through the walls. (...) You can strike your own time, and start the count anywhere. When you understand that — then any time at all will be the right time for you.”
Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

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