Memento Mori

Memorial Day Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day which was originally begun as a remembrance day for the veterans of the Union. The North and the South each had their own remembrance days until they were combined in the
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The Horror Begins – Horror’s Roots

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear. And the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”— H.P. Lovecraft (Supernatural Horror in Literature) When people think of the word ‘Romance’ in regards to book genres
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The 2017 Nebula Awards (Sci-Fi & Fantasy)

“The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965 by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter membership
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What I Learned When I Started Reading Graphic Novels

Book cover for Saga Vol 1

I’ve never been a huge fan of graphic novels. I’ve made that pretty clear. They just never did it for me. The art didn’t appeal and I had trouble sometimes figuring out what panel I was supposed to read next.
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Awesome Moms in Kidlit

Did you know that Mother’s Day started as a religious – specifically Christian – holiday? Apparently it was a time when churchgoers would return to their ‘home church’ for some sort of special festival (according to History.com). Of course, then
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War is Hell

“War is war and hell is hell. Of the two war is worse. There are no innocent bystanders in hell.” – Hawkeye Pierce (M*A*S*H) War is Hell   May 8th is V-E Day, which used to be a big celebration
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Mexican Science Fiction

Cinco de Mayo was originally a celebration held to celebrate the victory of Battle of Puebla, but it’s taken on a slightly different meaning in the United States. It is now a day that we use to celebrate Mexican-American culture.
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The 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is awarded for British science fiction produced the previous year.  The very first prize (given in 1987) was awarded to Margaret Atwood for The Handmaid’s Tale. For more information about the award, the previous winners,
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Three Non-Superhero Comics to Read With Your Kids

I don’t know about you, but one of the things I don’t have any interest in reading about in comic books is… super-heroes. So, of course, I stayed away from comics/graphic novels for the longest time for a few reasons,
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2017 Ohioana Book Festival (Bookworms Unite!)

Today was the 10th Ohioana Book Festival. It is held by the Ohioana Library Association, which “was founded in 1929 by Ohio First Lady Martha Kinney Cooper to collect, preserve, and promote the works of Ohio authors, artists, and musicians.”  The
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