Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy · Sci-Fi

Review: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

You may recall how much I loved the book Airman by Eoin Colfer back in May. The adventure, the embrace of science, the intense writing and journey the protagonist goes through. It was also one of the best audiobooks I’d heard. So, since then I’ve been looking for readalikes, and one of the first I selected…… Continue reading Review: Airborn by Kenneth Oppel

Picture Books

5 Spooky Picture Books for Halloween

I’ve been dipping my toes into horror this year, and I’ve enjoyed the new experience, but left to my own devices I admit I’m all about the spooky Halloween aesthetic more than actually feeling scared. Kids’ books are usually the way to go for that kind of thing (and a great way to get into…… Continue reading 5 Spooky Picture Books for Halloween

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Other Stuff · YA

How Libraries Work (For Writers and Readers)

I’ve worked in libraries, on and off, for the past 13 years. When I’m not working in them, I’m still there all the time, and have been since I was a wee little child. I’m still not an expert on the back rooms, but I can tell you the biggest thing people don’t understand about how libraries…… Continue reading How Libraries Work (For Writers and Readers)

Updates

Update: October!

This month’s Star Trek post is basically about how the structure of the show lends itself to Kirk/Spock shipping, with particular attention to the famously shippy licensed novel Killing Time. It’s probably the best Trek post I’ve done in a while, if I do say so myself. But it’s certainly the topic that has interested me most, so…… Continue reading Update: October!

Adult Fiction

Review: Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

I’m not sure what to make of Something Missing, and I don’t know if I’ll want to read any more books by Matthew Dicks, but I enjoyed it if only because it was so very different. It’s worth reading the summary: A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime…… Continue reading Review: Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Children's & Middle Grade · Comics

Is This Feminist? The Legend of Wonder Woman by Renae de Liz

Reviewing Wonder Woman comics for feminism is something of a tradition around here, (Grant Morrison, George Perez, the Bombshells version), so I wanted to make sure and talk about the latest trendy rendition, The Legend of Wonder Woman by Renae de Liz. The short version is it’s a cute book but there’s not much to talk about re:…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? The Legend of Wonder Woman by Renae de Liz

Children's & Middle Grade · Picture Books · Queer · YA

Banned Books Week 2017

It’s Banned Books Week, and I forgot! Fortunately Eclectic Alli reminded me with her Banned Book Bloggers of the Last Minute linkup. Everyone is welcome! Instead of just doing a review this year or even several reviews, I thought what we’d do is take a look at the top ten most-challenged books of last year…… Continue reading Banned Books Week 2017

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

The Classic: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories (1883-1890) by Anton Chekhov The first English translation of many of the lost early stories by the world-renowned author of The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya. Each story in this fine collection is a fresh reminder that this prodigious dramatist and storyteller charted unexplored depths of the…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Adult Fiction · Fantasy

First Impressions: Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

I’d never heard a word about the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson until quite recently, but after a recommendation from a friend, I stumbled onto a massive ten-book dark fantasy series with a devoted cult fanbase. The first book, Gardens of the Moon, is AMAZING, and definitely a good story on its own,…… Continue reading First Impressions: Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

Adult Fiction · Romance · TV & Movies

The Russia House: On James Bond, Atomic Blonde, and Being a Realistic Spy Movie

The Russia House is a 1990 espionage movie starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer. It’s based on a novel by John le Carre, who’s sort of the bureaucrat’s Ian Fleming. I’ve said we should talk more about action movies, so here we are — but it is based on a book, the main character is a publisher,…… Continue reading The Russia House: On James Bond, Atomic Blonde, and Being a Realistic Spy Movie