Tag Archives: Fiction

Solzhenitsyn, Writing and Our New ‘Curtain’

I’m in the middle of “The First Circle” by Alexander Solzhenitsyn (review to come, hopefully this month). Concurrently – although unrelated – I’ve been somewhat discouraged of late. Success is a crafty little minx; at once flirtatious and elusive. And … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Ceremony” by Leslie Silko

Ceremony was hard to read; but I’m glad I did! It is the story of Native Americans from New Mexico and their experiences as they traveled through their lives. Participation in World War II; and how that changed people fighting … Continue reading

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“Dreaming in Cuban” A Book Review

Americans love antique shops. In the mountain villages above Colorado Springs or the tiny towns of the Blue Ridge in West Virginia people – tourists all – rifle through the clutter in hopes of finding that prize. I have known … Continue reading

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New Novel by Joel D. Hirst “Lords of Misrule”

With this post I am pleased to announce the release of my 3rd novel “Lords of Misrule”. Aliuf Ag Albachar, born into the noble Tuareg ancestry, is just thirteen when he crests a dune with his mother, looks down from … Continue reading

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New Book Review “The Burning of San Porfirio”

“The novel follows the stories of the two men. When the dictator dies, Machado makes his play for supreme power and Pancho is released under amnesty into a world he hardly recognizes. Pancho journeys through a country now riven by … Continue reading

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Daughter of Fortune – A Book Review

I found a copy of Isabel Allende’s “Daughter of Fortune” at a little used bookstore nestled between a Peter Piper Pizza and a Payless Shoe Store in a strip mall in Colorado Springs. The sky was gray; the great Pike’s … Continue reading

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When I Learned To Write

I suppose I started writing a decade ago; my debut a foray into the shadowy world of the memoir (unpublished – thank God). I wanted to talk about the suffering: war, drought, famine. Violence. Central America, the Congo, – Uganda. Not … Continue reading

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