Eifelheim by Michael Flynn

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Published: October 17, 2006 by Tor Books (1st published January 1, 2006)

Setting: Germany (14th Century)

Literary Awards: Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel (2007), Prix Julia Verlanger (2009), SF ga Yomitai for Best Translated SF of the Year in Japan (2010)

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Eifelheim opens in August, 1348 in the German village of Oberhochwald. As Dietrich, the parish priest, begins his daily rituals, the area is struck by a freak storm, and an electrical charge sparks a conflagration. Believing this marks God’s final judgment, parishioners offer their confessions, disclosing sins that are already common knowledge in the small village.

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Indie Spotlight: The INFJ Writer by Lauren Sapala

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Kindle Edition (157 pages)

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, LLC (May 9, 2016)

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Highly intuitive. Sensitive and empathic, typically absorbing others’ emotions like a sponge. Prone to seeing all sides of a situation. Perfectionistic. Highly Driven. Brutally self critical.

These are some of the characteristics that comprise the profile of the INFJ Myers-Briggs type. According to author and fellow writing coach Lauren Sapala, INFJs tend to be driven by a need to create, and we have unique traits — such as uncanny intuition about people and a proclivity for thinking in terms of metaphors and symbols — that tend to make us shine as writers.

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3 “Rules” for Fiction Writers that May Lead You Astray — and What to Do Instead

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Some “rules” for fiction writers are so well respected they’re treated as scripture, and writers are warned to ignore them at their peril. But trying to strictly adhere to them misleads many writers, especially novice writers. Here are three “rules” we’ve all been taught that we should treat with caution — but also use to our advantage.

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Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

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MudboundHardcover, 328 pages

Published: Published March 4, 2008 by Algonquin Books (1st published January 1, 2008)

Setting: Mississippi, 1940s

Literary Awards:  ALA Alex Award (2009), NAIBA Book of the Year for Fiction (2008), PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction for Fiction (2006)

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Henry and I dug the hole seven feet deep . Any shallower and the corpse was liable to come rising up during the next big flood: Howdy boys! Remember me?

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8 Movie Scenes I’ve Been Trying to Scrub From My Brain (Spoilers!)

You know how something you’ve seen can be so nasty, disturbing, whacked out, or just plain icky that it’s inexorably burned into your brain? And you think, “Oh well, give it some time and the memory will fade.” But of course, it doesn’t.

On any given day, I can’t remember where I left my car keys or who I promised to call. But these images are still unshakably lodged in my cranium.

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Children of Men (2006)

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Written by: Alfonso Cuarón, Timothy J. Sexton, David Arata, Mark Fergus, & Hawk Ostby, based on the novel by P.D. James

Theo (Clive Owen) has given up political activism and is simply trying to get by in a bleak dystopian world. As women have become infertile, and the youngest humans are now 18, the end of humanity is — to quote 28 Days Later — very fucking nigh.

Britain has become a police state continually battling violence. Official propaganda boldly states that the rest of the world is now in ruins, but “Britain Soldiers On!” The government has launched a Naziesque crackdown on illegal immigrants, and a domestic terrorist group called The Fish is fighting back. Oh, and the authorities are helpfully distributing suicide kits along with rations, encouraging people to go ahead and get out of the way before the eleventh hour. (But marijuana is still illegal — go figure.)

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The Long Way Home by Louise Penny

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Series: Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #10

Kindle Edition, 384 pages

Published: August 26, 2014 by Minotaur Books

Setting: Québec

Literary Awards: Anthony Award Nominee for Best Novel (2015), Agatha Award Nominee for Best Contemporary Novel (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Mystery & Thriller (2014)

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Armand and Reine-Marie Gamache are happily retired, with their dog Henri, to the village of Three Pines, Québec. Armand is on a gradual journey toward healing after the violent events he has survived. His longtime friend Clara Morrow is puzzled by his habit of sitting each morning, on the same bench, studying a particular book — he is always on the same page.

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