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Review: Reading Like a Writer

Goodreads Amazon The most important things, I told them, were observation and consciousness. Keep your eyes open, see clearly, think about what you see, ask yourself what it means. I read this book on the [...]

Review: Flash Fiction International

Very Short Stories from Around the World Edited by: James Thomas, Robert Shapard, Christopher Merril   Amazon Goodreads I'm going to make a confession. I'm addicted. I'm absolutely addicted to reading in general, but also [...]

Review – The Best Small Fictions of 2016

Guest Editor: Stuart Dybek Series Editor: Tara L. Masih   Amazon Goodreads (Blogger Note: I apologize for the delay in posting. I have not devised a workable writing/editing calendar that acknowledges the chaos of real life. [...]

Flash/Short Fiction Review Series

In September, 2016, I took a flash fiction course with Writers.com under the tutelage of the esteemed poet and writer, Barbara Henning.  The very first story presented was Hills Like White Elephants, by Ernest Hemingway. [...]

Guest Book Review – The Lion by Joseph Kessel

by Joseph Kessel Amazon Goodreads Guest Review by Florence Lefebvre "She had the same right as any animal to experience the sacred spasm that makes the earth quiver with a wet trembling every spring." (Belle [...]

Review: On Becoming a Novelist

Amazon Good Reads This is not a review as much as a collection of impressions. "We read five words on the first page of a really good novel and we begin to forget that we [...]

Review: Eight Letters to a Young Writer

Teju Cole Eight Letters to a Young Writer_ by Teju Cole "Above all else, resist the temptation to be trite." This is not a review as much as a collection of impressions. I recently went [...]

Review – Palm Trees in the Snow

Amazon Author's Page Amazon Goodreads Review My thoughts: Palm Trees in the Snow is a translation of the novel by the Spanish writer, Luz Gabás. The novel addresses the tensions between [...]

Digressions – Reading Lolita because of Reading Lolita in Tehran

by C.T. D'Alessandro I have to confess to a literary "squirrel" moment, except that, when it comes to reading, such a moment might last for days or even weeks.  And like most digressions, this one [...]

How Do You Read? – The Pleasure Of The Slow Read

by C.T. D'Alessandro I'm a slow reader. Not slow as in I-read-100-words-a-minute slow. I'm actually a terrifyingly fast when looked at in terms of word count (a consequence of a speed-reading class I took in [...]