Some Old Short Stories now available online at Calgary Public Library

I wrote these years and years ago; they’re now up on the Calgary Public Library site.

https://calgary.short-edition.com/search?q=darvin

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The Verdict: Nick Stone

Not in the first tier of legal/crime/mystery stories but still good.

I don’t know if I’m getting better at discerning plot threads early, but there were several here that I thought were very early and clearly telegraphed, which took some of the interest out of the story.

Nicholas Sparks

My favourite college literature professor often cautioned us on keeping an author’s personal life and opinions from their work.

I did, and do, agree.

I enjoy Orson Scott Card’s Ender series immensely despite the criticism Card has received regarding his social views.

This latest information on Nicholas Sparks, however, is hard to ignore.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/author-nicholas-sparks-tried-to-ban-lgbt-club-student-protests-at-his-christian-school-emails-reveal?ref=home

 

All the Light You Cannot See: Anthony Doerr

An orphan boy and a blind girl caught up on opposite sides of the maelstorm called World War II. ALL THE LIGHT YOU CANNOT SEE has all the makings of a trite, cliched pantomime. Instead, it is a searing portrait of WWII daily life, focusing on common people instead of major events and battles and heroes and villains.

Werner has charmed me forever.

It’s not often I agree with the majority (I’ve only ever voted for a successful politician once), but this clearly belongs on all the bestseller lists.

Babylon’s Ashes: James SA Corey

Still my favourite sci-fi series, with quality in plotting, characterization, and choice and arrangement of words throughout.

This one is a bit of a placeholder between what you can see are two parts of the series, moving from our solar system (the books up to this point) out past the Gate (what is to come). In fact, the final couple of chapters have little to do with the rest of the book, just setting up what is coming next, and thus felt a little forced (but necessary).

More damn fine pie.