Book Excerpt: Half Sick of Shadows, Audio/Text (Richard Abbott) (Plus Giveaway)

Half Sick of Shadows - Audio Excerpt by Richard Abbott  Like Audio Excerpts A and  B & C, for author Richard Abbott's second sci-fi novel, Timing,  the excerpt below, from his historical fantasy, Half Sick of Shadows, is powered by Amazon’s Polly software, which is enabled for text-to-speech in multiple accents and intonations. There sometimes are …

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Book Review: Half Sick of Shadows (With Giveaway)

Half Sick of Shadows: A Historical Fantasy by Richard Abbott See below for details about winning a free paperback copy of Half Sick of Shadows Update: Drawing will be held December 16 (see link here) In the first half of the twentieth century, Victorian poetry began to be marginalized by the developing field of scholarly …

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Poetry in Bloom: “The Lady of Shalott”

Today we start our New Year’s resolution a mite early with a series-in-development, one that gives us a space here at Before the Second Sleep to advance more deeply into the realm of poetry, territory we’ve not had much previous occasion to explore. Given our love of poetry and the enormous opportunities one has as …

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Month of Mary Stewart: The Prince and the Pilgrim

We now draw near the conclusion of this fabulous month we have had re-visiting—in today's case newly discovering—a selection of the magical and legendary novelist Mary Stewart's works in honor and celebration of the hundred-year anniversary of her birth. The Prince and the Pilgrim by Mary Stewart This particular title is one I hadn’t read …

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