Posted in Readathons-Challenges-Memes

#COYER Summer Vacation

Because reading is better than real life
  1. You must create a sign-up post anytime between now and August 15th -on blog, goodreads, fb, google+, etc. Yes, that means you can sign up until August 15th! But don’t wait, you’ll miss most of the fun!
  2. You must link the sign-up post below (don’t link to your blog, link to the sign-up post).
  3. You must post your review books somewhere & link the reviews to the review linky to be eligible for one of the grand prize giveaways.
  4. Have Fun!

A couple of months back, I added the contents of my ereader to Goodreads. It increased my owned-but-not-read number by about 25%. I haven’t participated in COYER before, but now seems to be the perfect time to give it a go!

I have a lot of shorter works that I’ll post together in threes and fours. Here are a few books I plan on getting to:

Houdini: A Life Worth Reading Wool The Chronological Man: The Monster In The Mist Witch's Bone Gifted: A Donovan Circus Novel Coin Heist
Posted in Male Author, Short Story

Deal Me In, Week 25 ~ “The Sepia Postcard”


Hosted by Jay @ Bibliophilopolis

“The Sepia Postcard” by Steven Millhauser

Card picked: Four of Diamonds

From: The Barnum Museum


Sometimes, I rather adore Steven Millhauser with his dreamy stream-of-detail “narratives.” Sometimes, not so much. Maybe I only really like his stories when they cross paths with the things I have a particular love for, like magicians and semi-fantastical museums. (I’m looking forward to a story entitled “The Invention of Robert Herendeen.”) Or maybe I just need to read him when my situation is more concrete and less dreamy than a Millhauser story.

Our narrator, in the midst of having problems with his significant other, retreats to a sea-side town named Broome. It’s the off-season and rainy. Bored, he visits Broome’s shops and, at Plumshaw’s Rare Books, buys the titular sepia postcard. The scene in the postcard seems to subtly change in alarming ways each time our narrator looks at it. Having satisfied his need to “get away,” our narrator leaves Broome. “The Sepia Postcard” is an okay story, but is very light on plot and a little muddled in timeline.  The town of Broome is very much like any little touristy town you might find yourself in, and the events played out in the postcard isn’t very surprising. As a story, it’s just sort of there.

Is This Your Card?

One of the few David Copperfield clips I have and it’s for a non-Copperfield-anthology story!

The music in the background is from the Young Sherlock Holmes soundtrack, composed by Bruce Broughton.