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BANGOR - Tellis K. Coolong, the author of the acclaimed books 'Walczyk' and 'I Am Not Walczyk,' about a bipolar film producer named Peter Walczyk, will be giving a free talk for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI Maine) at Acadia Hospital on Tuesday, August 16th from 6:30 8 p.m.

Published in Happenings
Wednesday, 03 August 2016 13:07

Set a place at 'The Heavenly Table'

Bleak, surreal gothic novel defies easy categorization

Sometimes, you know exactly what you're getting from a book. Whether it's a familiar author or a familiar genre or a familiar whatever, you go in with certain expectations and have those expectations met. People gravitate toward that which they favor.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 11:44

An infinity of choices - 'Dark Matter'

Sci-fi novel uses quantum physics to build thrills

The Many-Worlds Interpretation (or MWI) of quantum mechanics posits that there are many worlds that exist in parallel to ours in space in time. These other worlds subsequently allow for the removal of randomness and action from a distance in the realm of quantum physics and physics in general.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 27 July 2016 10:58

Some summer reading recommendations

A few literary offerings from Maine-based authors

Summer is a great time to settle in with a good book.

Published in Cover Story

New book an informative, entertaining introduction to sabermetrics

Tradition is a hell of a thing. It's hard to overstate just how difficult it can be to overcome the inertia of 'this is how we've always done it.'

Published in Sports
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:38

True north Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube'

Memoir offers a story of self-discovery in the lands of ice and snow

The quest to discover where we truly belong can be an arduous one. So many people spend countless months and years striving to figure out just who they want to be. It's a journey that can prove to be daunting, surprising, rewarding and terrifying sometimes all at the same time.

Published in Adventure

Stross's newest another fine installment of the Laundry Files

I'll say this right off the top Charles Stross's 'Laundry Files' books might well be my favorite sci-fi/fantasy/speculative series currently going.

Published in Buzz
Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:01

The peculiar institution in modern times

'Underground Airlines' a compelling, thought-provoking work

One of the dangers inherent to working in the realm of genre fiction is the undeniable appeal of certain tropes. These concepts have become a sort of literary shorthand, a familiar framework on which to hang a narrative.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 29 June 2016 12:47

A shrew renewed - 'Vinegar Girl'

Anne Tyler novel reimagines 'The Taming of the Shrew'

Perhaps no author has ever been interpreted and reinterpreted as often as William Shakespeare. The universality of the tales told by the Bard open the door for a wide variety of different perspectives.

Published in Buzz
Wednesday, 22 June 2016 11:16

Cult of personality - 'The Girls'

Long-awaited debut novel exceeds the hype

When a work of popular art a book, a movie, a television show, an album is subject to massive publicity in advance of its release, it can be nearly impossible for said work to live up to the hype. A bar set too high almost inevitably leads to disappointment.

Published in Buzz
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