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Need a Crash Course on Web Copy? Try “Nicely Said”

Title: Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose Authors: Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee Publisher: New Riders Publishing Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: Print Writing can be a daunting prospect for many people, and the…

Book Review: Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties

Title: Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties Authors: Kevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais, and Hugo Americi Publisher: Firefly Books Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 About 2 months ago, I wrote a post about how much I enjoyed drinking tea.…

Book Review: Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James

Title: Talking About Detective Fiction Author: P.D. James Publisher: Vintage Canada Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 A few weeks ago, I read an old article by Jo Walton on Tor.com about reading protocols for SF. I’ve been aware…

Book Review: Blood: The Stuff of Life by Lawrence Hill

Title: Blood: The Stuff of Life Author: Lawrence Hill Publisher: House of Anansi Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 A few weeks ago I was in the hospital waiting for a doctor to examine my stomach and declare with…

Book Review: You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop, by John Scalzi

Title: You’re Not Fooling Anyone When You Take Your Laptop to a Coffee Shop: Scalzi on Writing Author: John Scalzi Publisher: Subterranean Press Format: eBook Rating: 4 out of 5 I read a lot of books about writing in 2012.…

Book Review: The Universe Within by Neil Turok

Title: The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos Author: Neil Turok Publisher: House of Anansi Format: eBook Rating: 3 out of 5 I have a hard time understanding the universe. Not in the figurative “why don’t things work the way…

Book Review: The Shadow Scholar by Dave Tomar

Title: The Shadow Scholar: How I Made a Living Helping College Kids Cheat Author: Dave Tomar Publisher: Bloomsbury Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: eBook Something interesting happened when I publicized my decision to become a freelance writer: more than one person told me…

Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain

Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking Author: Susan Cain Publisher: Crown Publishers Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: eBook It probably won’t surprise you to know that I’m an introvert. Hell, I work…

Book Review: The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Title: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine Author: Michael Lewis Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: Print I am not a financial expert. I understand the underpinnings of the financial crisis that started in…

Book Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Title: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business Author: Charles Duhigg Publisher: Random House Rating: 3 out of 5 Format: eBook In many ways, habits define us – the routes we take to…