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It's a Good Time to Enjoy Snarky Characters

Dave Astor | Posted 10.30.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Many of us are heading back to work or school. Sort of puts one in a snappish mood, doesn't it? This time of year, novel readers can viscerally relate to fictional characters who are snarky, snippy, and smart-alecky, to quote a recently accessed thesaurus.

In Praise of Professor Protagonists

Dave Astor | Posted 09.18.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

I like novels starring professors because they bring back memories of the ones I had in college.

The Year of Reading Communally

Dave Astor | Posted 08.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

My first "HuffPost Books" piece was posted a year ago this month, and I'd like to use that trivial anniversary to thank commenters for introducing me to many authors and novels I had never read before.

Many Famous Authors Started With 'Novel 101'

Dave Astor | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Creating a novel is tough. Until you get the hang of it, it can be hard to do the Proustian thing.

The Cupid-Like Pleasure of Canon Love

Dave Astor | Posted 04.15.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

Valentine's Day is all about love -- and one thing I love is a great novel that inspires me to read the author's other books.

It Ain't Heavy, It's a Book Break!

Dave Astor | Posted 04.03.2012 | Books
Dave Astor

People who love novels almost never stop reading them. But some of us need to occasionally take a brief break from "heavier" novels, including cherished classics and the best of modern literature.