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Exposure: Sinking To A Despicable Low

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 3, 2016 in News & Opinion |

Many will already have caught this story, which hit the news media and the world of literature yesterday: Claudio Gatti, an Italian ‘journalist’ claims to have discovered the identity of the writer Elena Ferrante, and has had no reservations in revealing it. I do not doubt for one moment that many will view this revelation […]

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But Reading Is Still Sexy

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on June 6, 2016 in Internet |

Reading a book, at least as far as I am concerned, is one of the sexiest, most enticing attractions imaginable. I will often see someone reading, before I look at the person themselves. My interest is awoken by the site of a certain level of intellectual achievement: I mean, who reads books in public today? […]

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Gender: Let Books Be Sexist

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on May 16, 2016 in Publishing |

Books are good, and we should promote them for children as much as for adults, of that there can be no doubt. They help educate us, tell us about society – not only our own – and can form our lives as much as take us into other worlds. Coloring books are, apparently, a thing […]

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Spam: Fooling Around With Reality

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on March 3, 2016 in Immoral Conversations |

We have been warned. It’s fair to say that the warnings have been almost continuous throughout the history of the Internet, and probably even longer. Scams, fraud, things that are almost too good to be true, bridges for sale, lotteries we didn’t enter and still won, millions of dollars hidden in bank accounts in Nigeria. […]

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New Year: New Prices

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on January 2, 2016 in Publishing |

The first orders of the year are in and, since the post office was open today, out. Normally a cause for celebration; receiving orders for books on the first day of the year is a good thing, as is, of course, receiving orders for books on every other day of the year. It does, however, […]

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Reading: And Not Enjoying Reading

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on December 2, 2015 in Articles and Reviews |

Thinking back, I believe this is perhaps only the second or third time that I have given up on a book from an established publisher – as opposed to a self-published or small-press work – and thrown it into the corner. I’m sure that there are plenty of people who really need this sort of […]

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Another Reading, Another Crime!

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 15, 2015 in Personal |

Never one to give up, and having plenty of time on my hands in the evenings, we decided to try another reading. This time we chose a very sparsely described reading at a restaurant. By sparsely described I mean that the event had a time, a two or three word description, and a place. Well, […]

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The Reading List Reading

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 14, 2015 in Personal |

There’s one thing we’ve all experienced, as we sit and read our books in peace and quiet: that person who has to come and talk to us. Not just talk, but also give their own recommendations, the ‘oh, but you must read…’. These are always well-intentioned interruptions, but unwelcome all the same, and hardly likely, […]

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Burning Through The Books

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on November 2, 2015 in Personal |

Every time I lean back satisfied and close the book I have just finished reading, she seems to be watching me and, with a slight laugh, she shakes her head. It’s not so much her reaction over my satisfaction, when the book is a good one, nor any sign that she finds my reading habits […]

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The Making Of A Bestseller?

Posted by Viktoria Michaelis on October 27, 2015 in Publishing |

Now and then I do a quick check to see what I have in stock and what needs to be replenished, something I am sure everyone in the business of selling things does at least once a year if only to balance their books! And during my small inventory I discovered, to my delight, that […]

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