Weather Report, Oct. 10

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OUR TWO CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “BULL AND OTHER STORIES,” BY KATHY ANDERSON AND “THE LIES THAT BIND,” BY ED PROTZEL, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST OR CLICKING ON THE AUTHOR’S NAME ON OUR AUTHOR PAGE. SEE ALSO THE “FIRST TUESDAY REPLAY” FOR THIS MONTH.

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Maybe I should have saved Jerry Stubblefield’s novel, “Homunculus,” for later this month. It would probably go well for Halloween.

On the other hand, “Homunculus” is about inner demons, not outer ones. The term means “little man,” and refers to an often destructive interior voice. Which is scary, but a bit hard to depict in a Halloween costume.

Writes Jerry: “This is a novel for people who seek out literary fiction that surprises, challenges, and rewards the reader by exploring some psychological territory that hasn’t been visited before.  If I spend the time to read a book, I want my feathers to be ruffled by it; I write for readers like me.”

A little Stephen King, a little Edgar Allan Poe.

Our other featured books this weeks include a historical novel (“Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper,” by Sara Dahlen) and a futuristic fantasy (“Just Under the Sky,” by R.K. Gold).

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UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, OCT. 10-16.

“HOMUNCULUS,” BY JERRY STUBBLEFIELD.

Middle-aged Hector has moved, with his beautiful wife, away from a lackluster playwriting career in New York City, to a picturesque Appalachian town, determined to give up the creative life.  But his creativity won’t be denied, and he “gives birth” — somewhat like any artist gives birth to their work — to a decidedly dramatic little character who won’t go away, and is determined that Hector will face the demons he’s been living with.  Though Hec knows he’s hallucinating, he nevertheless finds it impossible to disengage his playwriting mind to end the homunculus’ existence, which leads to his eventual crisis of sanity.

“DOCTOR KINNEY’S HOUSEKEEPER,” BY SARA DAHMEN.

An Irish doctor. A pregnant widow.  A half-breed grocer.  And the last remaining Sioux in Flats Junction. Doctor Kinney’s Housekeeper is a pioneer fiction that explores themes of tolerance, acceptance and the life on the Dakota Territories in the 1880’s.

For newcomer Jane Weber, Flats Junction is both a new start and an enigma.  Who keeps vandalizing and terrorizing Widow Hawks, the only Native American who has not left for the reservation?  How will she be a single mother out on the prairie?  And if she falls in love, can she stay free in the Territories or will she need to go back to her old life in Massachusetts?

“JUST UNDER THE SKY,” BY R.K. GOLD.

Far off in the mountains is a village surviving in turmoil. Constantly under the threat of food shortage, villagers live their lives in fear of the neighboring forest. It’s evil. It’s something they do not understand; something they can never understand. Living between the communities looming hatred and violence towards a being they cannot control, and the harsh political climate of their leaders, Jasper and McMichaels make a break for the unknown. With their friendship tested constantly, the two adventurers are put on a path they may not be able to return from. Trapped together, will they be able to escape, or will they remain prisoners?

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Recently retired after 35 years with the News & Advance newspaper in Lynchburg, VA, now re-inventing myself as a novelist/nonfiction writer and writing coach in Lake George, NY.

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