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Natural Beauty – God’s Way of Feedng an Author’s Imagination

A Song of Joy by Caroline Furlong

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While scanning through several WordPress articles on…something, I came across a review of another sci-fi novel. It was a post-apocalyptic book, I believe, that doubled as an alien invasion story. Something said either in the post or in the comments was that readers could tell the writer had been inspired by his native Arizona, both with regards to this story and his previous works. His stories either take place in that state or in worlds that look like it.

Dean Koontz does much the same thing. Almost all of his stories take place in California. His characters might be from other states or countries but, eventually, they somehow find their way to the Golden State. The love a writer has for his or her native place often finds its way into their works. This may be a subliminal habit at first, but once an author becomes aware of this tendency…

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Saturday Spotlight: Dividend on Death

Dividend on Death Author: Brett Halliday (Davis Dresser) Cover Art: Robert McGinnis Originally Published: 1939 Reviewed Edition: Dell D293 (1959) This is the book that introduced the public to private detective Mike Shayne; the red-headed, temperamental, perpetually down-on-his-luck sleuth. Halliday (Dresser) would spend the rest of his life writing (and commissioning other writers) the adventures... Continue Reading →

Nostalgic Evocations: Atari 2600

The Atari 2600 game system was released in 1977.  It was sold with two joysticks and the Combat game cartridge.  Eight additional game cartridges were released at the same time and sold separately.  The original wood paneled console, referred to as, "Woody" was simplified and a lighter version was released later in 1977 or 1978. ... Continue Reading →

Nostalgic Evocations: Busy Blocks

Tuppertoys Busy Blocks (1971) A little bit before my time...but they were still being made in 1977.  I have pictures of me opening these Christmas day as a child, so they were not handed down to me (like so much of the other stuff I loved as a child...maybe not the clothes so much).  They... Continue Reading →

Influences: Pauline Hopkins

Pauline Hopkins (1859-1930) was a prominent African-American novelist, journalist, playwright, historian, and editor. She is considered a pioneer in her use of the romantic novel to explore social and racial themes.  It is her final novel that makes her inclusion in this series mandatory. Of One Blood: Or, The Hidden Self is the last of... Continue Reading →

Influences: Frederick Schiller Faust

Frederick Schiller Faust(1892 — 1944) was an American author known primarily for his thoughtful and literary Westerns. Faust wrote mostly under pen names, but today is primarily known by only one, Max Brand. Others include George Owen Baxter, George Evans, David Manning, John Frederick, Peter Morland, George Challis, and Frederick Frost. During the 1910s, Faust... Continue Reading →

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