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LitBits 27

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Lately I’ve been finding it hard to keep up with all the fantastic book stuff! Here’s another LitBit post of some things I’ve collected since LitBits 26. 1. I want this very badly. It’s a tent that looks like a book! My husband and I take Lucy camping every year — have done since 2000 (well, we’ve been camping that long together, but Lucy didn’t start curling up with us by the fire till 2003). Anyway, I’d camp under the stars in this tent without hesitation. It’s awesome. “Sleeps two…read more


Whirl Away, by Russell Wangersky: A Review

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One of the very best things about my reading experience with short stories lately is that they keep getting better, just when I don’t think it’s possible. I don’t know if I can say that about the novels I’ve checked out lately. Certainly there are very good ones, but nothing has been so original and skilfully written in my reading these days as the collections of short stories. Whirl Away by Russell Wangersky is certainly no exception. To give the verdict away from the start, this is easily my favourite collection…read more


LitBits 24

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Wow. I haven’t done one of these in ages. No matter, it’s here now, right? Here we go… 1. Matthew Trafford, Torontonian author of the critically acclaimed short story collection The Divinity Gene, is offering a writing course called The Grounded Fantastic. It’s an online course for anyone in any time zone, and it goes on for seven weeks, from February 6 to March 20. This is a specialty course so the number of students is limited. Matthew writes: THE GROUNDED FANTASTIC seeks to bridge [the] seemingly disparate elements of fact…read more