Adult Fiction · Romance

Classics Club Review: Emma by Jane Austen

The Classic: Emma by Jane Austen (1815) “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence; and had lived nearly twenty-one years in the world with very little to distress or vex her.” So begins Jane Austen’s comic masterpiece Emma. In Emma, Austen’s prose brilliantly elevates,…… Continue reading Classics Club Review: Emma by Jane Austen

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Classics Club: Doctor Faustus by Marlowe and Faust by Goethe

The Classics: Doctor Faustus (published in 1604 but performed earlier) by Christopher Marlowe Faust (1808/1832) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Was it what I expected?/Did I Like It?/Is it worth reading? I don’t have much to say about Faust, but I thought I should say something, because I wanted to read these plays as part of my many-times-mentioned…… Continue reading Classics Club: Doctor Faustus by Marlowe and Faust by Goethe

Adult Fiction · Writing

Review: Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

I’m picky about short stories. They have to be truly amazing for me to care at all. Where worldbuilding or a few interesting characters might get me through a novel, a short story has limited pages to make an impression. I have some I like, mostly science fiction (or scifi-inflected) with the occasional classic like…… Continue reading Review: Seven Men by Max Beerbohm

Adult Fiction · Comics

Feminist Friday Review: The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valenti

I’d been meaning to read The Refrigerator Monologues for a while, and I finally did. It’s like the Vagina Monologues, but for comic book women who’ve been fridged — killed or maimed to further the main superhero’s story. In this book, versions of Gwen Stacy, Jean Grey, Harley Quinn, Queen Mera, Karen Page, and Alex DeWitt sit…… Continue reading Feminist Friday Review: The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valenti

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The What Cats Do Book Tag

I did a dog book tag, it’s only fair I also do a cat one! I found this one on Musing’s from Neville’s Navel. First, dis my kitty: Kitty name of Mo. ^_^ As always, book selections reflect recent reading rather than all-time perfect choices. purr: What book made you happy and relaxed? Mooncop by Tom Gauld?…… Continue reading The What Cats Do Book Tag

Adult Fiction · Sci-Fi

Classics Club Review: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Classic: The Invisible Man (1897) by H.G. Wells With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin – the new guest at the Coach and Horses – is at first assumed to be a shy accident victim. But the true reason for his disguise is…… Continue reading Classics Club Review: The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

Adult Fiction · Romance

Review: Romeo and Juliet, A Novel, by David Hewson

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark by David Hewson and A.J. Hartley, read by Richard Armitage, was one of my favorite books last year and one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. Hewson and Armitage also did a version of Romeo and Juliet, another Audible exclusive audiobook, and a year later I finally had the opportunity to buy and listen…… Continue reading Review: Romeo and Juliet, A Novel, by David Hewson

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“What Did Miss Darrington See? An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction” — Is This Feminist?

Winner of a 1989 Lambda Literary Award, this collection of twenty-four entertaining and haunting 19th-and 20th-century tales from the US, Britain, and Latin America reclaims a literary tradition that has long been overlooked. Using such techniques as magic realism, allegory, and surrealism, the authors re-imagine the cliches of supernatural fiction, focusing on female characters and…… Continue reading “What Did Miss Darrington See? An Anthology of Feminist Supernatural Fiction” — Is This Feminist?

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Classics Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Classic: One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Probably Garcí­a Márquez finest and most famous work. One Hundred Years of Solitude tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of a mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendia family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, alive with unforgettable men and…… Continue reading Classics Club: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Adult Fiction · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Queer · Sci-Fi

2017 End of Year Book Survey

It’s time for my most favorite post, the end-of-year book survey hosted by Perpetual Page-Turner! Not a lot of people read these all the way through, but I still love doing them. Because survey. And the questions always help me reflect on the books I’ve read in a substantive way. I’m a forgetful little scamp…… Continue reading 2017 End of Year Book Survey