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Becoming Patrick, by Patrick McMahon – Stephen Gallup Reviews

Because Patrick McMahon and I participated in the same critique group several years ago, I had the good fortune of witnessing the latter stages of his book’s creation. When I read it now, I can still hear his voice as … Continue reading

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Replica by Lexi Revellian – Stephen Gallup Reviews

This novel gets an A+ for convincing characters and dialog and–especially appreciated–for a wonderfully unique story idea. Beth is a secretary who knows she needs to work on self-assertiveness. Her boyfriend walks all over her and her boss, a scientist, … Continue reading

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Of Honest Fame, by M.M. Bennetts: Stephen Gallup Reviews

This was one of those delightful reads I looked forward to at the end of each day until, in no time at all, I regretfully came to the end of its 423 pages. It’s set in 1812 England, as is … Continue reading

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A Fez of Heart: Travels Around Turkey in Search of a Hat, by Jeremy Seal: Stephen Gallup Reviews

This is an engaging travel memoir, written by a European visiting Turkey in the early 90s. The author is fluent in the native language and had previously taught ESL classes there, so he was well-equipped to set out by bus … Continue reading

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Walking Stars: Stories of Magic and Power by Victor Villaseñor: Stephen Gallup Reviews

My first exposure to Villaseñor was in an issue of the San Diego Writer’s Monthly (which also carried a chapter of my memoir). Subsequently, I read with sympathy an interview in which he described a falling-out he had with his … Continue reading

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Agent to the Stars, by John Scalzi — Stephen Gallup Reviews

Agent to the Stars. Five years ago I read another book by Scalzi, which impressed me as having a very original idea but also disappointed me by handling its characters as if they were pieces in a checkers game. So … Continue reading

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Lying Awake, by Mark Salzman: Stephen Gallup Reviews

Like Graham Greene’s The Power and The Glory, which I reread a couple weeks before starting this, Lying Awake concerns a hypervigilant, self-critical soul questing for God and unable to take comfort in potential signs of having made progress. Salzman’s … Continue reading

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