Mystery Thriller Week

Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Morgan Talbot

Mystery Thriller Week, a celebration of the genre and its authors and readers, is underway through February 22. If you’ve done the math, yes, it’s 10 rather than the usual seven days. It’s a super-sized week for a super-sized genre. For more information, stories, and author interviews, pop over to mysterythrillerweek.com. In conjunction with the… Continue reading Mystery Thriller Week: Q&A with Morgan Talbot

Classic Books · The Reading Life

Why I love reading classic literature

One reason (among many) I enjoy reading classic literature: It’s a finite world. Having gone on to claim their “celestial rewards,” as Charles Dickens put it so elegantly (Pickwick Papers, I think, or maybe Hard Times?), authors are safely out of the picture. Therefore, they can’t get into Twitter wars with critics over how their… Continue reading Why I love reading classic literature

Classic Books · Literary Lists · Seasonal Reading

“Groundhog Day” as Expressed by 7 Revered Writers

Groundhog Day makes for a festive mid-winter distraction, when it’s not going horribly wrong. But it’s not exactly the stuff around which writers have penned great books. It does, however, provide the backdrop for one of my favorite films, “Groundhog Day” starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Murray plays self-absorbed Phil Connors who is grudgingly sent… Continue reading “Groundhog Day” as Expressed by 7 Revered Writers

Classic Books · The Reading Life

Does reading great books ruin you for reading good books?

When I finish reading a Charles Dickens novel, a sort of malaise comes over me. I fret that no other novelists writing in or translated into English could possibly engage my imaginative faculties such that I will enjoy and benefit from reading their novels as much as I do from reading Dickens’s. *sighs dramatically whilst draping… Continue reading Does reading great books ruin you for reading good books?