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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 12:18

Evening Read-ness in the West

An interview with author Cormac McCarthy

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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 12:02

Even more from the 'Ice Cube'

A Q & A with author Blair Braverman

Last week, I reviewed Blair Braverman's exceptional memoir 'Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube.' Her journey to the northernmost reaches of the world a tiny village in rural Norway; an Alaskan glacier; even the campus of Maine's own Colby College provides some of the most compelling reading of the year thus far.

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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 09:46

Jim C Hines Revisionary

Jim C. Hines talks fantasy, fandom and fatherhood

Jim C. Hines's "Revisionary" ($26, Daw) hit shelves this week, bringing the final installment of his Ex Libris series. Fans of the series rejoin Isaac Vainia and his companions Lena and Nihidi as they deal with the fallout of the world coming violently to terms with the idea of magic and magic users.

Not only does Hines have an excellent grasp of characterization, all of his characters are brimming with humor, anger and a vibrancy that easily connects with the audience. Partly it's the characters themselves, but it's also part of the rich world he's created. Yes, it's built around the real world - but the problems that crop up around poorly thought out legislation and terrorist attacks that leave citizens in turns terrified and vengeful.

Hines deftly balances humor, gritty realism and a sense of whimsy and dread no mean feat when any one of those things could make the stories feel overwrought or bleed it of its gravity, but he deftly avoids those pitfalls. Hines proves himself to be a master of his craft with this latest book. Once you start, you will be rocketed forward and unable to stop.

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Thursday, 29 March 2012 12:05

An Interview with Kieran Shields

Writing a book is difficult. Writing a good book is even more so. So when a first-time novelist gets it right, it is certainly worthy of note. When that novel turns out to be a historical mystery about Portland and the author is a Maine native, wellthe hits just keep on coming.

Kieran Shields, a Portland native who still lives in southern Maine, is the author of 'The Truth of All Things,' a detective novel set in Portland at the turn of the 20th Century. It's a marvelous debut effort; Mr. Shields was kind enough to take a few moments to speak to us.

'The idea grew out of an earlier work I had done that was just sitting in a drawer,' said Shields. 'It was non-fiction dealing with colonial Maine in the late 1600s. While doing research for that book, I found lots of interesting connections between Portland and the Salem Witch Trials. A lot of the major players in Salem had connections to Maine.'

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