The Wanderer in Unknown Realms by John Connolly

The set up is excellent and Connolly really builds the atmosphere and tension. There is an interesting cast of characters and enough mystery to keep you reading and guessing. It often seems like a traditional type mystery only to take a weird and horrifying turn. But as many reviewers have noted, the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. This has the potential to ruin the enjoyment of the rest of the story.

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Stories We Tell Ourselves by Michelle Herman

It is her personality and energy that carries the reader through subjects that might not normally be of interest and through personal details and perspectives that at first blush might seem overly personal or even mundane. Michelle is able to take this problematic raw material and mold it into essays that probe and ponder, explore and discuss in a way that is both relatable and often thought provoking.

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Dakota Christmas (Kindle Single) by Joseph Bottum

As noted yesterday, Dakota Christmas, the Kindle Single by Joseph Bottum, was something of a surprise hit.  As a magazine writer and editor Bottum had written a number of Christmas pieces over the years and as a result was contacted by Amazon about the possibility of mining this material as part of the Kindle Single program.   The 7,500-word piece met with unexpected success: “Dakota Christmas” has struck a chord. One recent week it was No. 1 for sales in Amazon’s Kindle Singles and in...

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Dakota Christmas (Kindle Single) by Joseph Bottum

As noted yesterday, Dakota Christmas, the Kindle Single by Joseph Bottum, was something of a surprise hit.  As a magazine writer and editor Bottum had written a number of Christmas pieces over the years and as a result was contacted by Amazon about the possibility of mining this material as part of the Kindle Single program.   The 7,500-word piece met with unexpected success: “Dakota Christmas” has struck a chord. One recent week it was No. 1 for sales in Amazon’s Kindle Singles and in...

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Joseph Bottum on a Dakota Christmas

This week’s edition of Coffee & Markets is appropriately focused on Christmas. Pejman and I are joined by Joseph Bottum, author of the surprise Kindle Single hit Dakota Christmas, to discuss his upbringing on the plains of the Dakotas, the difference between rural and urban perspectives, literature in the age of the internet, the impact of technology on reading and learning, and more. Dakota Christmas is a bit of a surprise hit for the author.  The Washington Times: As far as...

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