Hi, I'm Bob.

Having worked in three of Northern Michigan’s independent bookstores continuously over the past 13 years, I suppose you could say I just can’t stay away from books. Outside of books, my hobbies are theater (board member of LIttle Traverse Civic Theater as well as founding member or North Star Performing Arts) and writing. I’ve had two short stories published and am hoping to have my first novel out soon(ish).
I mainly read Speculative Fiction, but I do enjoy a good thriller and anything that encompasses the love of stories/books.

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I Come with Knives: Malus Domestica #2 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250306463
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Published: Tor Books - July 21st, 2020

The second in a planned trilogy by local author SA Hunt, this book is a rare feat in which the sequel matches and perhaps out paces the original. Hunt presses the gas pedal down hard and takes us on a brutal, bloody collision between our favorite witch hunter and the coven that killed her mother. Book one, Burn the Dark, introduced us to Robin, a Youtube sensation and witch hunter. Knives ratchets up the volume to 11 and takes its hands off the wheel as Robin takes on three of her most powerful enemies.

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Consider This: Moments in My Writing Life after Which Everything Was Different Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538717950
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 7th, 2020

This is my new favorite Chuck P book. It vacillates between educational, emotional, revelatory, and shocking. Chuck’s signature style shines through as he attempts, in layman’s terms, to relay the lessons of his writing life to the aspiring author. We also get a glimpse into his life before and after writing success. What struck me though, was the lesson. Anyone, well almost anyone, can explain the basics of writing. Chuck’s advice encapsulates the building blocks of writing in lessons of psychology, human nature, and a deep understanding of readers' habits, needs, and limitations. The end result is both educational and inspiring.

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Gwendy's Magic Feather (Gwendy's Button Box Trilogy #2) Cover Image
By Richard Chizmar, Stephen King (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781982139728
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Published: Gallery Books - January 21st, 2020

Gwendy is back and so is Castle Rock. Chizmar co-wrote Gwedy’s first adventure, Gwendy's Button Box, with Stephen King, and this time returns flying solo. King’s absence is not even noticed, as Chizmar writes comfortably within King’s domain. It’s a good and suitable tale for Gwendy and the Box, and a wonderful reunion for fans of King, Chizmar, and Castle Rock.

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And The Ocean Was Our Sky Cover Image
By Patrick Ness, Rovina Cai (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780062860729
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Published: Quill Tree Books - September 4th, 2018

Ness writes in a way that reinvents the language. His stories are powerful and unique, beautiful and terrible. His prose is perfect. In this incredible reimagining of Moby Dick, the world is, quite literally, turned upside down. The hunter becomes the hunted, and truths are discovered to contain lies. Imaginatively told from the point of view of the whales, Ness creates a world that is simultaneously familiar and alien.

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The Girl in Red Cover Image
ISBN: 9780451492289
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Published: Berkley - June 18th, 2019

Christina Henry has quickly written her way to the top of my favorite author list. Her dark and twisted retellings of classic tales are inventive and wonderfully creative. My only complaint with The Girl In Red is that I am in love with the world she has built (destroyed), although various plagues are ravaging it and Red herself, and I want more. I pray that there is a sequel in the works as I have questions and I want to explore more of Red’s world.

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The Captain and the Glory: An Entertainment Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525659082
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Published: Knopf - November 19th, 2019

Clown-scary.  Horror-farce.  Funny-because-it’s true, but sad for the same reason. In Eggers' transposition of the current state of affairs in the U.S. (in his view of course), via the story of the massive ship, "The Glory," and its newly appointed captain, Eggers does little to disguise his intent or his targets, and weaves a tale that highlights his concerns for the course of the country. He does so with absurdist humor and wildly funny story telling.
Read it for the absurd, highly accurate view of our current world (in my personal opinion).
And click here to listen to the audio for John Hodgman’s wonderful wonderful voice and nuance.

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