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Guest Post: How to Find Rare Books

Today’s guest post is targeted at the hunter-gatherer in all of us obsessive book collectors.  Enjoy!

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How to Find Rare Books

For lovers of old books, finding surviving copies from simpler times can be a daunting task. As publishers move beyond paperbacks and hardcovers in favor of the digital medium, ancient texts are quickly fading into obscurity. Fortunately, however, there are a number of sources in which such treasures can still be found:

  • Garage Sales
  • Libraries
  • Flea Markets
  • Universities
  • Book Drives

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Homework Assignment Ten: Extra Credit!

Well, here we are, finally finishing the series of writing exercises inspired by Susan Breen’s The Fiction Class. Today’s assignment – extra credit! For more information on the book and this series of posts, please check out the original book review here.

Extra Credit: Write a short story (just a few paragraphs*) with this proviso: you can only use words of one syllable.

One Last Chance (excerpt)
She knew it was dumb. She knew she could get caught. She did not care.

She was not quite young and not quite old, not in years, that is. She was not quite as cute as she had been. Life had not been kind. She had run on miles of bad road, and her face had tread marks. But she did it. She went back home. When you hit your last turn, your last choice, when you have to go back to start fresh, back to a dead-end town full of old friends (and not-friends), when you know you risk their smirks, you have to let your pride go and just do it. Quick now, no time to think.
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Homework Assignment Nine: Revision

Continuing the series of writing exercises inspired by Susan Breen’s The Fiction Class, today we are moving on to revision.  For more information on the book and this series of posts, please check out the original book review here.

Revision: This is an exercise in learning to find creative solutions or how to write yourself out of a corner. There is a man sitting in a tree, and he is wearing a tutu. What happened?*

A Tutu, Interrupted

He was sitting in a tree. In a tutu. With his arms crossed.

“Come down from there.”

“I will not.”

“John, stop being ridiculous, you look like an idiot, please come down from that tree so we can talk about this…”
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Be Careful What You Wish For, or a Book Review of The Voice – and a Giveaway!

Today’s Book Review Tuesday post is a seriously creepy, deliciously dark, sinfully sharp whip-crack of a novel.  Voice, by Joseph Garraty, is the story of Johnny Tango (a.k.a. John Tsiboukas), troubled soul and lead singer of the band Ragman.  And he owes thanks for both descriptors to the mysterious man he meets at the crossroads.  Yes, the proverbial crossroads – as in Robert Johnson went down to the crossroads…  (If you don’t know that legend, poor thing, it’s time to l learn something about the blues, so take a gander here.)

After a prologue sure to raise every single hair on the back of your neck, the story opens in a dark bar, new-band night under way.  In a moment of perfect synchronicity – or else diabolical master-minding, you be the judge after reading the full story – fiction’s coolest female guitar-slinger, Case (of course she only has one name – she’s fiction’s coolest female guitar-slinger…  ;) ), finds herself a new band, and shortly thereafter John finds himself a new voice (and a new persona).  And so it begins.
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Homework Assignment Eight: Theme

Continuing the series of writing exercises inspired by Susan Breen’s The Fiction Class, today we are moving on to theme.  For more information on the book and this series of posts, please check out the original book review here.

Theme: Choose a novel or short story that you like and try to discover its theme. How does the author get the theme across? Title? Plot? Names of characters?

 

WARNING: SPOILER stuff here. Although I don’t know how many people reading my blog haven’t read/seen/been forcibly made familiar with this one by now, I will still provide the warning. ;)

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

Theme: Don’t judge a book by its cover – or there is usually more than meets the eye

The theme is relayed through the title (both the final title and the original, which was “First Impressions”), the plot/story development, character names, and even the book’s structureAusten uses all of these tools to distinguish her characters and their particular foibles.
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