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Dance Macabre

 La portentosa vida de la muerte (The Prodigious Life of Death) by Joaquín Bolaños, is a late 18th century Mexican novel that stars Death as a female protagonist ( la muerte in Spanish is a feminine noun).  The story begins in the Garden … Continue reading

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It was a dark and stormy night

Each year, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest receives hundreds of entrants all competing to craft the worst opening sentence for an imaginary novel. The annual event celebrates English author and politician Edward Bulwer-Lytton, who once penned the infamous line “It was … Continue reading

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Summer Reads Pt 2

Here’s another quick list from my recent reading pile. Eileen by Ottessa Moshfegh : If you are a fan of the inimitable Shirley Jackson, run, don’t walk, to your nearest bookstore for a copy of this mesmerizing, disturbing, and hilarious novel. … Continue reading

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Summer Reads Pt 1

For some reason, I receive requests for reading recommendations from followers of TBTP. It may be because I’m in the book trade, who knows why. Anyway, I thought that I would share a short list of books that I have … Continue reading

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Pulp Fictions

Imagine your favorite iconic novels such as Robinson Crusoe or Wuthering Heights with a pulp fiction makeover. Well, there’s a publisher reworking the classic in a pulp style. Pulp! The Classics is a new imprint from the UK publisher Old Castle Books, which is reissuing … Continue reading

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The Handmaid’s Tale

The Folio Society has reissued its exceptional 2012 edition of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale. This volume contains a set of powerful illustrations by Anna and Elena Balbusso. Influenced by Soviet propaganda posters and constructivist art, the Italian twin artists … Continue reading

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American Gods

I’ve long been an evangelist for Neil Gaiman’s outstanding 2001 novel American Gods and I’m looking forward to the TV adaptation this year. If you haven’t gotten around to reading the book, get on the stick; it’s great fun and surprisingly relevant … Continue reading

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Inquiring Minds Want To Know

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Going West

Going West is the first book in a popular trilogy by New Zealand’s beloved author Maurice Gee. The New Zealand Book Council commissioned this wonderful stop-frame animation of the book. Created by Andersen M Studio, the animators used actual copies of … Continue reading

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