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

Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Nonfiction · Queer · Romance · Sci-Fi · YA

Queering the 2018 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

As I said in my challenge post, I am once again doing the fabulous Book Riot Read Harder challenge! Book Riot is my favorite bigtime book blog — they’re always inclusive, they talk about all kinds of book genres, their posts are fun to read, and they sell stuff I actually want to buy. Their…… Continue reading Queering the 2018 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Children's & Middle Grade · Queer · Romance

Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Is Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee the first ever middle-grade novel with a bisexual protagonist? I don’t know, maybe. But either way, I’m super happy it exists. Queer-themed fiction is increasingly common in the YA genre, but queer stuff for kids is very rare, especially when the protagonist is queer. (More often it’s parents or a friend). Add…… Continue reading Review: Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

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 · 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

Comics · Romance

Two Pride & Prejudice Graphic Novels

Pride & Prejudice is, deservedly, famous. It’s my favorite of the three Jane Austen novels I’ve read, but it doesn’t seem to work well in adaptation. It’s long, it’s detailed, it’s subtle. I do love Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, but I have no particular attachment to other elements of the movies/miniseries/zombifications/etc. I found two separate…… Continue reading Two Pride & Prejudice Graphic Novels

Adult Fiction · Queer · Romance

Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon (Classics Club)

The Classic: Beebo Brinker (1962) by Ann Bannon Designated the “Queen of Lesbian Pulp Fiction” for authoring five landmark novels beginning in 1957, Ann Bannon’s work defined lesbian fiction for the pre-Stonewall generation. Unlike many writers of the period, however, Bannon broke through the shame and isolation typically portrayed in lesbian pulps, offering instead women characters…… Continue reading Beebo Brinker by Ann Bannon (Classics Club)

Comics · Queer · Romance

Is This Feminist? Romance Comics

It’s a bit of a stretch to judge a whole genre on whether or not it’s feminist, I know, BUT since romance is a women’s genre it’s relevant. And really, instead of the whole genre, I’m just comparing two collections: Marvel Romance, which collects some highlights from Marvel romance comics of the sixties and seventies, and Fresh…… Continue reading Is This Feminist? Romance Comics

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Queer · Romance

Review: Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale

Y’all know I love a good gay fantasy novel. It’s even something of a resolution to read more of them this year, or rather more queer genre fiction in general, because there are plenty of niche classics I’ve been meaning to read for years. Wicked Gentlemen was recommended to me absolute ages ago as one of those…… Continue reading Review: Wicked Gentlemen by Ginn Hale