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

Comics · Sci-Fi

Review: Resident Alien series by Peter Hogan

Resident Alien is a space opera/mystery graphic novel series by Peter Hogan, and I love it. There are four volumes so far, with a fifth coming out in November, all from Dark Horse. Each is published as a miniseries and then a trade paperback, so it’s easy to follow what to read next. Each volume has a…… Continue reading Review: Resident Alien series by Peter Hogan

Nonfiction · Writing

Review: Writing and Selling Your Novel by Jack M. Bickham

Do you wanna hear about my favorite book on writing? Yay! If you’ve been around the blog a while, you know I’m an aspiring author. Always have been, due to my obsession with books. (I think readers can’t help but contemplate what they’d write themselves, and most of us give it a try.) Fiction writing…… Continue reading Review: Writing and Selling Your Novel by Jack M. Bickham

Nonfiction · Sci-Fi · Writing

Feminist Friday Review: How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ

Where in the heck did I hear about How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ? If you wrote a blog post about her in the past couple of months, do let me know. Anyway, Russ was an influential science fiction writer in the 1970s, so I’d been aware of her for a while and always meant…… Continue reading Feminist Friday Review: How to Suppress Women’s Writing by Joanna Russ

Comics · Queer · Sci-Fi

Review: Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier

Stacey, a brilliant, overachieving astrobiology major at Fenton College, had planned on just another lonely Spring Break on campus. But when a hurricane batters the small college town, downing power lines and knocking out cell phone reception, Stacey and her friends are stranded with no way to communicate with the outside world at the worst…… Continue reading Review: Intro to Alien Invasion by Owen King and Mark Jude Poirier

Children's & Middle Grade · Sci-Fi

Recapping the I Was a Sixth Grade Alien series by Bruce Coville

Bruce Coville was, in the 1990s, a leading member of the kids’ scifi and fantasy pantheon. He probably still is, there’s a lot of YA and middle grade these days but seems like not as much for the younger kids. The I Was a Sixth Grade Alien series isn’t his best in terms of quality, but I…… Continue reading Recapping the I Was a Sixth Grade Alien series by Bruce Coville

Comics

Review: “Batman: Blind Justice” by Sam Hamm

Batman: Blind Justice is an odd graphic novel from 1989, one I hadn’t heard anything about until my brother gave me a stack of comics he thought I might like and included the second issue of this story. Here’s the description: When Bruce Wayne refuses to allow illegal mindcontrol experiments to continue at Wayne Technology, he…… Continue reading Review: “Batman: Blind Justice” by Sam Hamm

Adult Fiction

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

Comics

Review: “Batman: New Gotham” by Greg Rucka

I realized recently that I don’t review very many comics of the superhero variety here, which is odd, because I read tons of them and its one of my very favorite genres. I think I mostly talk myself out of it because I know superheroes are kind of a niche and confusing to a lot…… Continue reading Review: “Batman: New Gotham” by Greg Rucka