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Nicolson places Homer at center of Western world

“Why Homer Matters” is Nicolson’s love letter to Homer, his paean to the blind poet, who may not have been a single man, after all, but a conglomeration of musical seers able to memorize hundreds of lines of verse at a time and mesmerize hundreds of audiences at the flick of a soulful switch.

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Novel wraps up trilogy with a deep dive into a possible future

Longtime science-fiction writer Sheri S. Tepper wraps up the trilogy that began way back with “A Plague of Angels” and continued with her more recent “The Waters Rising” with “Fish Tails,” an interesting yet frustrating novel, and one that’s best read in the context of its predecessors.

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