Adult Fiction · Romance

Disappointing Holiday Romances

I enjoy romance novels year-round, but something about the holiday season just gives me a hankering for themed romance books. I’ve read some great ones, like His Road Home by Anna Richland (a Thanksgiving novella about a disabled war veteran and a doctor) or Season for Surrender by Theresa Romain (a bookish historical about a two-week Christmas party), but this…… Continue reading Disappointing Holiday Romances

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

The Classic: Cain, a Mystery (1821) by Lord Byron This is a rather obscure play, and as such I couldn’t find a good blurb, but basically it’s a play in poetry clearly inspired by Paradise Lost, telling a story about Cain and his conversations with Lucifer leading up to the murder of Abel. (“Mystery” is used here…… Continue reading Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

Adult Fiction · Queer

Classics Club: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

The Classic: The Haunting of Hill House (1959) by Shirley Jackson First published in 1959, Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House has been hailed as a perfect work of unnerving terror. It is the story of four seekers who arrive at a notoriously unfriendly pile called Hill House: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics

Book Blogger Memory Challenge

I found this tag on Reading As I Am and the rules are very easy: Answer the questions before you read my answers! I went from memory, but confirmed specific titles or authors’ names via Google. I tag everyone who wants to do it, as usual! Q1: Name a book written by an author called…… Continue reading Book Blogger Memory Challenge

Adult Fiction · Sci-Fi

Review: Mort(e) by Robert Repino

Hey lemme tell you about Mort(e) by Robert Repino! It’s one of those you pick up for the concept: The “war with no name” has begun, with human extinction as its goal. The instigator of this war is the Colony, a race of intelligent ants who, for thousands of years, have been silently building an army that…… Continue reading Review: Mort(e) by Robert Repino

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)

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

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