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 · Children's & Middle Grade · Comics · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Picture Books · Queer · Romance · Sci-Fi · YA

Queering the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Who else is doing the 2016 Book Riot Read Harder challenge? It’s super fun, 24 book categories to check off, and I’m actually halfway through as I should be. I thought about doing an update post on the books I’d read and still planned to read — and I can totes still do that if…… Continue reading Queering the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Queer · Romance

The Non-Binary Book Club Reads Swordspoint

Originally posted on The Lobster Dance:
[Image: Richard St. Vier, looking hella dramatic with flowing cape and sword, on the cover of Swordspoint.] This is very! late! But here it is! Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner. 1987. On the treacherous streets of Riverside, a man lives and dies by the sword. Even the nobles on the…

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Queer · TV & Movies

Queer stories can’t have queer fandoms?

Once upon a time on the internet, probably five years ago, I read some kind of post about the novel Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner, saying queer people wouldn’t ever be as invested in queer literature as they are in queering straight literature. Essentially that the motivation to create fanworks isn’t there, so the fan commitment will be…… Continue reading Queer stories can’t have queer fandoms?

Fantasy · Queer · Writing

Meet the Malimores: Thad, Reynard, and Micah

Well, technically I think Reynard’s last name is “the Fox,” but close enough… Thad, Reynard, and Micah are the fathers of Diana, Cleo, and Aldra Malimore, the heroes of a fantasy serial currently in progress. For information about Rose B. Fischer’s fantasy serial, The Foxes of Synn, go here. For an introduction to Reynard, my…… Continue reading Meet the Malimores: Thad, Reynard, and Micah

Adult Fiction · Fantasy

#LazyLambs Book Club: A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

The #LazyLambs Book Club returns, as promised! This time around we read A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore, and again we’ve each posed a question. If you do your own post, answering these discussion questions or posing your own, drop your post in the linky below — or you can just chitchat in the comments section, of…… Continue reading #LazyLambs Book Club: A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · History · Nonfiction · Queer · YA

10 Book Recommendations for GLBT Book Month (#queerpop)

It’s Pride Month! Not coincidentally, it’s also the American Library Association’s first-ever GLBT Book Month. Tailor-made for #queerpop, am I right? I don’t think all this month’s posts will be book-related, but hey, they might be. I thought I’d start us off with a list of book recommendations, including fiction, nonfiction, and comics. I tried…… Continue reading 10 Book Recommendations for GLBT Book Month (#queerpop)

Writing

Short Story: Solstice Night

This story takes place in one of the rooms of Eclectic Alli’s Masquerade Ball. It’s based on an idea I had for a holiday in one of my fantasy universes. I’m still messing with the setting, trying out new versions and iterations of the ideas I have inside it… Eventually I’d like to spin the…… Continue reading Short Story: Solstice Night

Adult Fiction · History · Nonfiction

Pastafarianism: Gods and Pirates as Fictional Constructs

When I decided to do blog posts celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day on the 19th, I immediately knew I wanted to mention Pastafarianism and the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. At first I was just going to put it in a list of fun facts or give it an award for Best Use of…… Continue reading Pastafarianism: Gods and Pirates as Fictional Constructs

Adult Fiction · History · Nonfiction

Reading List for Human Rights and the Novel in History

The tentative topic for my senior paper is how the development of the novel as a form in the 1700s helped influence the development of empathy and human rights. Eh? Eh? Pretty rad, amirite? This is my list of sources to check out. They’re in order of how relevant they are, (that is to say:…… Continue reading Reading List for Human Rights and the Novel in History