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Windy City Review’s Review of Englishman

Windy City Reviews | by Marie Becker, October 1, 2013 The Englishman and the Butterfly is an undeniably ambitious book, firmly enmeshed not only in literary references, but also in a distinct aesthetic sensibility. Asmussen is a published poet and English teacher, … Continue reading

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Fiction Books’ Review of The Englishman

Fiction Books | Review of The Englishman and the Butterfly by Ryan Asmussen, June 4, 2013 MY THOUGHTS ABOUT THE BOOK “The quality of the person will determine the quality of the happiness.” “Whatever you see around you, whatever holds … Continue reading

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What Frogger Can Tell Us About Reading Shakespeare…

 [A repost from my Shakespeare blog, “Shakescene“] I’ve found, in the course of more than a decade teaching Shakespeare, that AP Lit students still balk on occasion (more than) when it comes to consistently reading the textual notes. Some feel … Continue reading

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Shannon McCloskey Allain Interview – Part 3

[Part 3 of 3 of an email interview — see McCloskey Allain’s long review of ENGLISHMAN] The central theme of the novel seems to be the question of free will, how much control we have over our destinies, if any, and the … Continue reading

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Shannon McCloskey Allain Interview – Part 2

[Part 2 of 3 of an email interview — see McCloskey Allain’s long review of ENGLISHMAN] The symbol of the butterfly appears through the book in various manifestations such as death (departed soul), freedom from torment (Moberley’s view), and change in course … Continue reading

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Shannon McCloskey Allain Interview – Part 1

[Part 1 of 3 of an email interview — see McCloskey Allain’s long review of ENGLISHMAN] Is the novel’s plot mirroring a particular Shakespeare tragedy? Even the spots of comic relief (Henry’s interrogation & the graveyard conversation with Randy) reminded … Continue reading

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Shannon McCloskey Allain’s Review of ENGLISHMAN

REVIEW of Ryan Asmussen’s The Englishman and the Butterfly by Shannon McCloskey Allain Why aren’t more thrillers set within the gray-stoned, ivied walls and stately, dusty-shelved libraries of academia? With their insular, analytical worlds, temporarily suspended from reality in the name … Continue reading

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Review of Midge Raymond’s “Forgetting English”

Former colleague, good friend, and one of the sweetest people you’ll ever meet, Midge Raymond is also the author of a lovely, smart, touching collection of short stories entitled Forgetting English, winner of the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction. I wanted to take this … Continue reading

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The Writer’s Ego or When to Self-Publish

The decision to self-publish, though it may seem like the harmless choice of an author continually, woefully rejected by agents, is not, in fact, an easy one to make. There is something – and I know you know this – … Continue reading

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Author Q&A: In Which the Author Spills Some Coffee Beans…

Here’s an excerpt from an author Q&A I submitted to a potential review site (which shall, for now, remain nameless). It gives you a ‘behind the scenes’ kind of flavor as well as providing you with some trainspotting details perhaps … Continue reading

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