Arthur Swan’s Twelve Favorites of 2022

Dear Readers, If you’ve finished Love Kills and are looking for reading suggestions while you wait for the final installment of LA FOG, here are my top favorite novels from the ones I read in 2022: 12. Paper Towns – John Green. John Green not only constructs a whole story around a strange fact, but […]

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Sam Bankman-Friend: Anti-hero or Villain?

Dear Readers, Since you subscribe to my blog, I’ll wager that you share my love for a good anti-hero, and until recently I’ve been wondering if Sam Bankman-Fried could be a real-life archetype. While a student at M.I.T., he was passionate about animal welfare and met with the philosopher, William MacAskill, a proponent of effective […]

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Love Kills and Four Other Fall Reads

Dear Readers, It’s October, a year since the release of The Encanto, LA FOG Part 1, and now I’m excited to announce that Part 3, Love Kills, comes out November fourth and it’s available preorder! Reserve your copy now! And while you’re waiting, here are four addition reads that have carried me away: The Green […]

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Somnambulism

Dear Readers, Wayob’s Revenge, LA FOG Part 2, comes out on Thursday and you can pre-order it now! The detective and amateur magician, Saul Parker, awakens to find himself at strange place with no idea how he got there. So, he reasons that he must have been sleepwalking. While researching this phenomenon, I was surprised […]

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Arthur Swan’s Five Favorites of 2021

Dear Readers, If you’ve finished The Encanto and are looking for something to read while you’re waiting for LA FOG part two, Wayob’s Revenge, to come out next year, here are my five favorites of the books I’ve read in 2021: 5. The Guardians – John Grisham. A rich story that sheds light on a […]

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El Día de los Muertos

A good time regardless of its origin. It’s fitting that the word history is almost all story, because the truth rarely fits into an enjoyable narrative that’s easy to follow. Even when striving for accuracy it’s impossible to document anything without human bias creeping in. Choices must be made as far as what to include, […]

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Thirteen Scary Stories

If you’ve finished The Encanto and and looking for what to what to read while you’re waiting for LA FOG part two, Wayob’s Revenge, here are my top thirteen scary stories: 13. NOS482  – Joe Hill. A little wakeup call for the child inside us who wishes every day could be like Christmas. 12. Game […]

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Speaking of Magic

The Encanto, LA FOG part 1, is finally available! Order your copy today! While researching the novel, I had the privilege of interviewing Matt Marcy, a real, honest-to-god professional magician, who has performed more than 4,000 shows. Matt’s love of magic began with his first magic kit at age five. “A lot of kids go […]

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Insomnia

Sleep is a universal human experience. It’s essential to life—but why? Why must we spend a third of our lives sleeping? Medical science still struggles to answer these questions. When I was younger, I could sleep until noon, if I wanted, but now when the birds start chirping, there’s no more sleep to be had. […]

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Four Fall Reads

Dear Readers, It’s October. Of course, I’m obligated to shamelessly plug The Encanto which comes out on the fourteenth. So there, now that that’s out of the way, I want to share four recommendations for the fall that have carried me away. 1Q84 – Haruki Murakami. Fall is for daydreaming, and if you’ve clocked much […]

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