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The Onion Field by Joseph Wambaugh
"One of the best book I've read in a long time. On par with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. It's a very well written true story about a true crime.

First it's a psychological drama. We get to know the live of all the four people involved that fatal night in the o..." Read more of this review »
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Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane
"4.5 wonderful stars

It's never too late to learn about yourself. It's never to late to reconnect to the people, the things, and the family that you love. It's just never too late to live life joyfully yet quietly, finding its fulfillmen..." Read more of this review »
Galway Girl by Ken Bruen
"This book is a wondrous literary tribute to various authors as well as musicians (e.g. Rolling Stones) and experiences of another era. It cannot be compared to other books that are referred to as "Murder Mysteries" for it is not that, nor a police..." Read more of this review »
Akin by Emma Donoghue
"So if you read the description of this book you will probably guess that by the end of the book Noah and Michael bond. And even though it isn't a surprise that they do bond - (after all - we all knew Harry would defeat Voldemort, the One Ring woul..." Read more of this review »
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“Remember the Morning Star,” he enjoined.

But I didn’t tell him about Tegg, whose face was the starry void itself...”
Paul Christensen, The Heretic Emperor

“Childhood is bound like the Gordian knot with my memories of the Black Sea, and I still feel its waters welling up within me today. Sometimes these waters are leaden, as grey as the military ships that sail on their curved expanses, and sometimes they are blue as pigmented cobalt. Then would come dusk, when I would sit and watch the seabirds waver to shore, flitting from open waters to the quiet empty vastlands in darkening spaces behind me, the same birds Ovid once saw during his exile, perhaps; and the same waters the Argonauts crossed searching for the fleece of renewal.

And out in the distance, invisible, the towering heights of Caucasus, where once-bright memories of the fire-thief have transmuted into something weird and many-faceted, and beyond these, pitch-black Karabakh in dolorous Armenia.”
Paul Christensen, The Heretic Emperor

Elmore Leonard
“Elmore Leonard's Ten Rules of Writing

1. Never open a book with weather.
2. Avoid prologues.
3. Never use a verb other than "said" to carry dialogue.
4. Never use an adverb to modify the verb "said”…he admonished gravely.
5. Keep your exclamation points under control. You are allowed no more than two or three per 100,000 words of prose.
6. Never use the words "suddenly" or "all hell broke loose."
7. Use regional dialect, patois, sparingly.
8. Avoid detailed descriptions of characters.
9. Don't go into great detail describing places and things.
10. Try to leave out the part that readers tend to skip.

My most important rule is one that sums up the 10.

If it sounds like writing, I rewrite it.”
Elmore Leonard

“I swear it only hit me then, with full conscious force, who the real villains of this piece had been from start to finish…those lying, cancerous dogs of the mainstream media!”
Paul Christensen

“Thom pulled nervously at his ‘Kings’ t-shirt. The Kings are a brutal West African gang that he follows onscreen. Such ‘tourist shows’, as I understand they are called, have become wildly popular in recent years, as global unrest makes actual travel less popular.

Armoured imaging teams, using tiny remote drone cameras known as ‘flies’, take the viewer inside the violent, gang-controlled regions of Nigeria and Cameroon. Using a touch screen, viewers (or ‘zoners’ as they are sometimes called) can follow the action from multiple angles while cheering on their favourite gang.”
Paul Christensen, Reveries of the Dreamking

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