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Just Reviewed Patricia C. Wrede’s “The Far West” at SBR

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Folks, if you’re looking for an interesting alternate history complete with different forms of magic, odd creatures, and a quiet coming of age story, look no further than Patricia C. Wrede’s THE FAR WEST, which I just reviewed at Shiny Book Review (SBR).  The book stars twenty-year-old Francine “Eff” Rothmer, who is a career woman (she assists scientists who study magical creatures) and is a formidable magician in her own right.

Even though Eff doesn’t think of herself this way, of course (but don’t get me started on how self-effacing Eff is, or I’ll be here all night).

At any rate, THE FAR WEST is an interesting book with an appealing view of magic in the wild, wild West.  The world-building, as is always the case with Ms. Wrede, was stellar; the characters were appealing and smart.

So take a look at my review — then go read the book!

Written by Barb Caffrey

November 7, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Tammy Baldwin Wins US Senate Race in Wisconsin Over Tommy Thompson

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Tonight, history was made in Wisconsin.  Democrat Tammy Baldwin won election to the United States Senate over Republican former Governor Tommy Thompson.  Baldwin becomes Wisconsin’s first female Senator and the United States’ first openly gay, lesbian, bisexual and/or transgendered Senator.

See this link from the Huffington Post for further details.

Here are a few words from Senator-elect Baldwin (via the above-mentioned link):

“Now, I am well aware that I will have the honor to be Wisconsin’s first woman U.S. senator. And I am well aware I will be the first openly gay member of the United States Senate,” she added, with the crowd drowning her out and chanting “Tammy! Tammy!”

“But I didn’t run to make history,” she continued. “I ran to make a difference –- a difference in the lives of families struggling to find work and pay the bills, a difference in the lives of students worried about debt and seniors worried about their retirement security, a difference in the lives of veterans who fought for us and need someone fighting for them and their families when they return home from war, a difference in the lives of entrepreneurs trying to build a business and working people trying to build some economic security.”

Baldwin’s former seat in the US House of Representatives was won by state Assemblyman Mark Pocan (D), who’s also openly gay.  (Pocan is a liberal firebrand who should do an excellent job for the residents of Wisconsin’s 2nd District.)  As put it, Pocan will be the “next out member of Congress.”  Pocan’s win is also the first time one openly gay member of Congress has been succeeded by another in the same district (also per

Congratulations, Senator-elect Baldwin and Representative-elect Pocan!

Written by Barb Caffrey

November 7, 2012 at 3:07 am