Comedy and Tragedy: A Week in the World of Marina Julia Neary, Book Excerpt: Never Be At Peace

Chapter 2 A Cooler Shade of Orange (Belfast)             On the train back to Belfast, the young Quaker immersed himself into the fantasies about the girl he saw at the Abbey. Her strong neck, glowing shoulders and supple knees appeared before his eyes. In the five minutes spent inside the dressing room at the Abbey …

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Comedy and Tragedy: A Week in the World of Marina Julia Neary, Book Review: Never Be at Peace

One hundred years ago this week... Today at the blog in this week of remembering two enormous historical events, we look back at Easter Week 1916, when Irish nationalists staged an uprising and strike, in large part roused following the death of Irish Republican Brotherhood founding member Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa and the words, at his …

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Comedy and Tragedy: A Week in the World of Marina Julia Neary, Book Excerpt, Saved by the Bang

Chapter Thirteen The Other Olenski Girl Gomel – October, 1988 Joseph could really use a friend, even a fake one. His bastard daughter was dying of leukemia at the pediatric oncological center in Minsk. The classical regimen of chemo that had successfully sped up the deaths of so many Belarusian children and teenagers was liquefying …

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Comedy and Tragedy: A Week in the World of Marina Julia Neary, Book Review: Saved by the Bang: A Nuclear Comedy

An examination and review of Marina Julia Neary’s Saved by the Bang: A Nuclear Comedy  Saved by the Bang: A Nuclear Comedy is Marina Julia Neary’s self-described semi-autobiographical dystopian novel, so getting into characters’ heads is a bit of a different process than doing the same in some of her other works—which she does with …

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Comedy and Tragedy: A Week in the World of Marina Julia Neary, Remembering Chernobyl: “If We’re All Still Alive in the Morning”

What happens when you turn on the radio at one part of the day and classical music is playing, then continues for several hours? If you’re a Soviet citizen, you know something already did; you just have yet to figure out what terrible event it is. On this day thirty years ago, the worst man-made disaster in …

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Comedy and Tragedy: A Week in the World of Marina Julia Neary: Book Excerpt, Martyrs and Traitors

Chapter 19 Dublin Suffragette Logic (Abbey Street, Dublin) January 14, 1910 Bulmer celebrated his twenty-seventh birthday in bed with Helena. The blizzard kept them trapped inside her flat. The gramophone was broken, so they had to make do without any musical accompaniment. While Helena was undressing, Bulmer noticed bruises and scratch marks on her hips …

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Comedy and Tragedy: A Week in the World of Marina Julia Neary, Book Review: Martyrs and Traitors: A Tale of 1916

Martyrs and Traitors: A Tale of 1916 by Marina Julia Neary On the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rebellion, April 1916 Winner of the Readers' Favorite Five Stars Award With Never Be at Peace, Marina Julia Neary opens up to readers’ awareness and imagination the world that existed behind the 1916 Easter Rebellion, the Irish …

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Book Review: Who Killed William Shakespeare?

Who Killed William Shakespeare? The Murderer, The Motive, The Means by Simon Andrew Stirling When I first cracked open my copy of Who Killed William Shakespeare? and gave it my usual pre-reading examination, the exercise gave time for a flood of memories to wash through my mind: reading the plays in high school and university, …

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Author Interview: G.J. Berger (B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner)

Recently I had the great opportunity to read and review author G.J. Berger’s B.R.A.G. Medallion and San Diego Book Award-winning novel, South of Burnt Rocks West of the Moon. Today Berger joins us for a bit of chat. Good day, G.J. Berger, so awesome to have you here with us today! Hope you’ve been enjoying the sun in …

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Author Interview: Anna Belfrage (B.R.A.G. Medallion Winner)

Long-time readers of the blog are probably quite aware of my enthusiasm for the work of Anna Belfrage--namely her B.R.A.G. Medallion-winning Graham Saga and now the start of her newest series, The King's Greatest Enemy. I was so privileged to have been able to read and review the kickoff to the series, In the Shadow of the …

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