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Vann Turner

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It is a painful thing for a shy person to talk about himself. I mention this that you might understand why this page cannot be as fulsome as others have theirs. Self aggrandizement isn’t something shy people are known for.

To many the concept of home evokes warm, fuzzy feelings around the place where they grew up. For me, home denotes a special place I visited for a couple weeks each summer. You see, from the first grade through high school I attended thirteen different schools in thirteen different locales throughout the southeast. But the place I think of as home is the house my grandfather built in the 1920’s. It was a large house on almost a whole city block on Bunker Road in West Palm Beach, Florida. We used to sit on lawn chairs under
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Jake Depew, Reviewer:

“If you follow my reviews, then you know that I love historical fiction. That being said, it is rare that I find a historical fiction book that diverges from a few of the genre's archetypes. Vann Turner's new novel To Forestall the Darkness, the first book in The Tribonian Trilogy, was a breath of fresh air...

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Not for the squeamish, not for children, The Last World by Christoph Ransmayer (translation by John Woods) is a Grimm fairy tale unrelenting in its horror. I could only read it in spurts, and it left me feeling sullied, in need of a shower and Lister ...more
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" I think you'll like it, Jane. I did, though I felt some of the epiphanies were inorganic. "
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An interesting collection of interlacing short stories with considerable emotional impact and some stunningly drawn characters. The contribution by Kate Quinn (The Senator) is so fine that it has prompted me to read her novels.

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"The start of this book was intriguing and left me wanting more, but I found myself dragged away by 'life' and the things we have to do just to keep the wolves at bay. Having come back to it in the last few weeks I was once again transported to a p..." Read more of this review »
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The Key by Benito Kane Jaro is a novel I really wanted to love. A friend whose acumen I respect had effused over it. There are things in it I admire, but can only give it two stars.

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I permitted it to sweep over me, and I, too, merged with the Universe.

A rare work, swirling together the refined, earthy, primordial and dark, and culminating in light.
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“King: Should I specify for the realm what religion will be acceptable in this Kingdom, as the Emperor in the East did?

Titus: If you are of such sagacity, my Lord, that you know all the secrets of the Universe, you would be remiss if you did not specify the acceptable religion. But if you, too, are mortal, and your understanding is partial, I would think it arrogant to dictate to the people how they should approach Existence. Each has his own understanding, and each his own ability to understand.”
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“He wondered how sick in heart a woman needed to be for her to forsake a delight in flowers.”
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“King: Should I specify for the realm what religion will be acceptable in this Kingdom, as the Emperor in the East did?

Titus: If you are of such sagacity, my Lord, that you know all the secrets of the Universe, you would be remiss if you did not specify the acceptable religion. But if you, too, are mortal, and your understanding is partial, I would think it arrogant to dictate to the people how they should approach Existence. Each has his own understanding, and each his own ability to understand.”
Vann Turner, To Forestall the Darkness: A Novel of Ancient Rome

“He wondered how sick in heart a woman needed to be for her to forsake a delight in flowers.”
Vann Turner, To Forestall the Darkness: A Novel of Ancient Rome

“A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“The underground of the city is like what's underground in people. Beneath the surface, it's boiling with monsters.”
Guillermo del Toro




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