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No Straight Thing

F Nelson Smith

Bear Hill Publishing, 277 pages, (hardcover) $30.00, 9781775074120
(Reviewed: December, 2018)

F. Nelson Smith’s rich historical thriller unfolds in Alberta, Canada, during the Great Depression.

Twelve-year-old Cat Perkins is desperate for news of her father who, after losing his job, left his family to ride the rails in search of better prospects. Pete, a chivalrous hobo, devotes himself to helping her in her quest.

Meanwhile, for […]

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ForeverChild: A Novel of the Future

Mark Lavine

Mark Lavine, 305 pages, (paperback) $14.95, 9798218130947
(Reviewed: August, 2023)

Mark Lavine’s dystopian science fiction novel delivers a common premise: Elite members of society live in closed-off, luxurious enclaves, while the poor live “outside” in abject poverty and squalor.

Here, crime has become so rampant that there aren’t enough prisons to house the criminals, so rich folks live in “Hives” such as the one in […]

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Is There Evidence For God?: An Economist Searches for Answers

Robert Genetski

RGA/ClassicalPrinciples, 216 pages, (paperback) $17.99, 9780998222721
(Reviewed: July, 2023)

Robert Genetski’s apologetics work examines scientific, historical and religious information to argue for God’s existence.

Born into a Catholic family, Genetski was a firm believer when his devout mother told him, several years before her death, that she no longer believed in God. “I was stunned!” he writes. “…The incident may have been the spark […]

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November 9, 2022

The Ending is Everything! Is Your Novel’s Conclusion Strong Enough?

By Paul Goat Allen

Straight from the files of Stating the Obvious comes the next BlueInk blog about the monumental importance of a novel’s conclusion. It’s a no-brainer, right? Your novel needs a memorable ending in order to have any chance at commercial success.

But then why do so many novels have weak conclusions?



Great Work: Do What Matters Most Without Sacrificing Everything Else

Amanda Crowell

Amanda Crowell, 218 pages, (paperback) $15.95, 9781737374190
(Reviewed: April, 2022)

We all have something keeping us from becoming our most fulfilled selves, claims cognitive psychologist and coach Amanda Crowell. Here, she explores how to discover one’s own “Great Work,” and then achieve it.

The author defines “Great Work” as that which matters most to someone. “[I]t might very well feel like your ‘reason for being […]

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The Virtual Events Playbook: How to Successfully Train, Facilitate, Lead, and Present Using the Latest Collaboration Technology

Lee Deaner, Nick Zerby, and Stanley Saint-Louis

Amplify Publishing, 136 pages, (hardcover) $24.95, 9781645436898
(Reviewed: September, 2021)

Authors Lee Deaner, Nick Zerby and Stanley Saint-Louis were sales trainers in the pharmaceutical industry in 2009 when the swine flu epidemic hit and salespeople could not attend live training sessions. The trio developed virtual training practices and protocols, formed a company, Leading Edge Training Solutions, and now are sharing their expertise with the public.


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Mr. Smitty Notes: Genesis 1-11

Mr. Smitty

WestBowPress, 118 pages, (paperback) $11.95, 9781973697985
(Reviewed: April, 2021)

In this slim book, author Mr. Smitty asserts to his young ward, Sammy, that something intrinsic has been lost and must be recovered. The concerned elder uses biblical commentary, hoping to empower Sammy to course-correct the world for the future.

A somewhat puzzling introduction claims that the book’s content is simultaneously discovered in the future, […]

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Funny Thing Is: A Guide to Understanding Comedy

Stephen Evans

Time Being Media, 122 pages, (paperback) $9.99, 9781734513554
(Reviewed: January, 2021)

Funny Thing Is, by philosopher and playwright Stephen Evans, is a witty, insightful look at what constitutes and characterizes comedy. With its accessible style and straightforward approach, it follows in the vein of Harry Frankfurt’s popular philosophy work On Bullshit but hews closer to the literary style of continental philosophy than the anglophone analytical tradition […]

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Walking in the Gray: How to Succeed When the Rules Are Not Black and White

Rickey L. Jasper

iUniverse, 322 pages, (paperback) $28.99, 9781532091131
(Reviewed: May, 2020)

Rickey L. Jasper’s Walking in the Gray: How to Succeed When the Rules Are Not Black and White aims to offer a fresh take on how to deal with one of life’s greatest challenges: navigating areas that are “neither black or white, where the rules are unclear, unwritten, or altogether unknown,” as the author writes […]

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Once I Was Little, Now I Am Big

Juliet C. Smedley

Xlibris, 24 pages, (paperback) $12.99, 9781796049169
(Reviewed: April, 2020)

Once I Was Little, Now I Am Big tells the story of a girl reminiscing about how much she’s grown in just a few years.

Josie, the book’s narrator, is a pre-teen remembering the days when she was little older than a toddler. From the back steps that her parents had to help her up […]

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