Comics · Sci-Fi

Review: Anna Mercury by Warren Ellis

I mentioned Saturday that Anna Mercury by Warren Ellis is a comic book that’s frustrating because I want more of it. Upon reflection, I decided there’s really more to say about it, so here we are. It’s one volume that’s mostly setup for a larger series that never appeared, so I can’t recommend it for sheer pleasure…… Continue reading Review: Anna Mercury by Warren Ellis

History · Nonfiction

Review: Righting America at the Creation Museum by Susan and William Trollinger

As we discussed at length last month, I watched the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye/creationism vs. science debate of 2014 with great interest, and I’m still very interested in the subject. I also have a degree in public history and museum studies. I have no intention of visiting the Creation Museum, but I’ve been very…… Continue reading Review: Righting America at the Creation Museum by Susan and William Trollinger

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

Nonfiction

Two Books on Octopuses

Listen, octopuses are amazing. Come across any reference to them and you’ll be amazed, but even with all the things we know, they’ve been unconscionably understudied and we still don’t understand how they do most of the things they do. This is partly because their consciousness has evolved completely separately from our own, from the…… Continue reading Two Books on Octopuses

History · Nonfiction · Queer

Feminist Friday Review: Satanic Feminism by Per Faxneld

One more post on Satanism and then I’m done for a while, I swear! Probably. Anyway, to recap: Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism by Ruben van Luijk is an excellent, thorough, readable history of Lucifer and Satanism from the earliest possible manifestations through to the present. After that, I read a bunch…… Continue reading Feminist Friday Review: Satanic Feminism by Per Faxneld

Nonfiction

Feminist Friday Review: Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

(I’ve decided to transform the “Is This Feminist?” series into a series of Feminist Friday Reviews. I think framing the question the old way was limiting the books I could meaningfully review. Welcome to the new version!) I’ve read a lot of books on sexuality, but Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform…… Continue reading Feminist Friday Review: Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski

Comics · Queer

Review: “Ooku: The Inner Chambers” Vol. 1-2 by Fumi Yoshinaga

I recently posted on Facebook asking my friends for manga recommendations. I used to read a few here and there, especially yaoi when it was harder to find queer comics, but it’s been a while. My friend LM of The Lobster Dance reminded me of Ooku: The Inner Chambers by Fumi Yoshinaga, about which they have written…… Continue reading Review: “Ooku: The Inner Chambers” Vol. 1-2 by Fumi Yoshinaga

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

Comics · History · Nonfiction · Queer

Review: “Queer: A Graphic History” by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele, published in 2016. Right off the bat, I thought this book would be something different — a comic book of queer history. Rather, it is a history of queer theory, a much more academic thing, and it’s more a textbook-style introduction with comic-style illustrations rather than a graphic novel.…… Continue reading Review: “Queer: A Graphic History” by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele