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"Teresa, this may be a collection of odds and ends that simply somehow got published based on rep only. When I think "dark," I think of de Maupassant o...more "
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Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld
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The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
" I loved The Virgin Suicides for its style, imagery and voice. I loved Middlesex for its 'epic' storytelling, its characters and a lyrical flight of fancy near the end that I think I'll never forget. Because of the lofty standards the author's prev... " Read more of this review »
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Fragile Things by Neil Gaiman
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in December, 2013
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Uneven collection of prose & poetry; a couple of the short stories were excellent, The rest was a bit of a muddle, with no satisfying resolutions, and that surprised me. I know this author has a great following and I ordinarily love "weird" as mu...more
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"Hi, Barbara - I'm rarely involved in GR anymore, although I do miss it. Toibin writes well & the subject matter is interesting (although I wish it...more "
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Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë by Hilda D. Spear
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The Minotaur by Barbara Vine
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Predictable, but so much fun!
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The Babes in the Wood by Ruth Rendell
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The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
The Hundred Secret Senses
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W. Somerset Maugham
“Why should you think that beauty, which is the most precious thing in the world, lies like a stone on the beach for the careless passer-by to pick up idly? Beauty is something wonderful and strange that the artist fashions out of the chaos of the world in the torment of his soul. And when he has made it, it is not given to all to know it. To recognize it you must repeat the adventure of the artist. It is a melody that he sings to you, and to hear it again in your own heart you want knowledge and sensitiveness and imagination.”
W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence

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“In your life there are a few places, or maybe only the one place, where something happened, and then there are all the other places.”
Alice Munro, Too Much Happiness

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“Of course it's alright for librarians to smell of drink.”
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“Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers.”
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