TOP TEN TUESDAY: Short and sweet

Short stories and novellas can get lost in the shadow of epic novels and great works of biography, but the compact storytelling form can pack a wallop. Aside from my standbys Poe, Maupassant and Conan Doyle, these are some of my favorite stories and novellas.

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

We’re gonna go for five titles today — I’ve never been one for flashy, empty airport¬†reads like The Abacus Conundrum. And I cringe at the categorization of “beach reads.” Still, I admit that there are books that are quick, fast-paced and comparatively easy reads — books that don’t require rumination or notes in the margin.…

ACCENT: AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire

Maguire has made a name for himself by re-imagining well-known fairy tales and children’s’ stories from the point-of-view of another character. From “Snow White” to “A Christmas Carol”, Maguire uses back story and inventiveness to create an alternate reality.¬†Wicked, which told the story of the Wicked Witch of the West, became a blockbuster Broadway musical.…