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LeonaWisoker

Writing and Reading and Editing, O My!

I am a writer, reviewer, teacher, and editor. I pick up and discard new obsessions on a regular basis. Right now I'm wild about the work of Brandon Sanderson and Bryce Moore. Longer-running favorites include Patricia McKillip and Mary Gentle. Information about me and my humble scribblings may be found at http://www.leonawisoker.com

Currently reading

Writing the Breakout Novel
Donald Maass, Anne Perry
What Would Aristotle Do? Self-Control Through the Power of Reason
Elliot D. Cohen
Coyote Wisdom: Healing Power in Native American Stories
Lewis Mehl-Madrona
Plants of Power: Native American Ceremony and the Use of Sacred Plants
Alfred Savinelli
Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays
Jason Fisher
The Wizard of Oz as American Myth: A Critical Study of Six Versions of the Story, 1900-2007
Alissa Burger
The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook
Emily Ansara Baines
Oy Vey! Isn't a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success
Deborah Grayson Riegel
Caution: Faulty thinking can be harmful to your happiness: logic for everyday living
Elliot D Cohen
The Stories in Between: A Between Books Anthology - Greg Schauer, Jeanne B. Benzel, W.H. Horner, Maria V. Snyder, John Passarella, Gregory Frost, Catherynne M. Valente, C.J. Henderson, Jonathan Carroll, Mike McPhail, Danielle Ackley-McPhail, Patrick Thomas, Lawrence M. Schoen, Lawrence C. Connolly, Don Bethman, Jon McGor This is a very good collection of short stories from up-and-coming as well as established authors. I particularly liked Lawrence M. Schoen's contribution, "The Wrestler and the Spear Fisher" (very mythic-legendary in structure); John Passarella's "Blood Alone" (makes me want to pick up the rest of his Wendy Ward stories); Jonathan McGoran's "Appetite" (well-crafted spookiness); Jeffrey J. Mariotte's "Janey in Amber" (REALLY spooky); C.J. Henderson's "The Wonderous Boundless Thought" (C.J. is so damn GOOD at short stories, I don't know how the man does it!), and of course Catherynne M. Valente's "Proverbs of Hell" (is there such a thing as a bad Valente short story?).

I found all the stories in this book interesting, unusual, and entertaining. I definitely recommend picking this one up!