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About carolkean

novelist, reviewer, editor, book critic for Liberty Island and Perihelion Science Fiction; native prairie/guerilla gardener; champion of liberty, indie authors & underdogs; one of the top two reviewers in Editors &Preditors Poll 2015; Amazon Vine, NetGalley Top Reviewer

“Unheard Melodies” for a Steemit Fiction Competition, #1 Week 1

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter – –“Ode on a Grecian Urn,” John Keats, 1819 This is my entry for the “Fiction Comp – All writers are welcome – #1 Week 1” fiction writing competition hosted by @kyrios. Writing Prompt: Having … Continue reading

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“De-Coated” – a coat story in honor of my sister’s “dead animal”

carolkean 51 in fiction CLOUDS FLOCK TOGETHER LIKE MEAN GIRLS plotting to rain on my parade. De-coated, but not defeated, I phone my evil daughter. I practice sounding stern and cold and calm: “I want my coat back.” Voice mail. Which she never … Continue reading

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Otto Warmbier. I’m Haunted. Humbled. Who among us hasn’t deserved a #DarwinAward?

      Otto Warmbier I’m Haunted. As a mother, as an American, as a doofus who’s done all sorts of stupid things that could’ve gotten me killed, one way or another. “Stupid White Boy, Stupid Frat Boy: He Had … Continue reading

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“Sirius: A Novel About the Little Dog Who Almost Changed History” by Jonathan Crown

“To study history means submitting to chaos and nevertheless retaining faith in order and meaning.” –Hermann Hesse Well, that’s easier said than done. In historical fiction, more so than the classroom, we find the lessons we must learn and commit … Continue reading

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“Super 12” American soldiers guarding Saddam Hussein discover a villain’s humanity – #PrisonerInHisPalace by Will @WBardenwerper

The Prisoner in His Palace Saddam Hussein, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid  by Will Bardenwerper 5-May-2017 Monday morning, when the alarm radio went off, NPR’s Rachel Martin was talking to author Will Bardenwerper about his book The … Continue reading

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First Big Case for the FBI: The Osage Murders; First Book About It: “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Gann

Mollie Burkhart (right) with sister Anna and mother Lizzie. (Credit: David Grann)  In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the … Continue reading

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“Both nature and nurture would become the anvil that would forge Raymond Washington into a formidable leader, warrior, gang member, tactician, and eventually an urban legend in the punishing and unforgiving streets of Los Angeles,” Zach Fortier writes.   A modern Robin … Continue reading

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