Adult Fiction

Review: Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

I’m not sure what to make of Something Missing, and I don’t know if I’ll want to read any more books by Matthew Dicks, but I enjoyed it if only because it was so very different. It’s worth reading the summary: A career criminal with OCD tendencies and a savant-like genius for bringing order to his crime…… Continue reading Review: Something Missing by Matthew Dicks

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

The Classic: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories (1883-1890) by Anton Chekhov The first English translation of many of the lost early stories by the world-renowned author of The Cherry Orchard and Uncle Vanya. Each story in this fine collection is a fresh reminder that this prodigious dramatist and storyteller charted unexplored depths of the…… Continue reading Classics Club: The Crooked Mirror and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Adult Fiction · Fantasy

First Impressions: Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

I’d never heard a word about the Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson until quite recently, but after a recommendation from a friend, I stumbled onto a massive ten-book dark fantasy series with a devoted cult fanbase. The first book, Gardens of the Moon, is AMAZING, and definitely a good story on its own,…… Continue reading First Impressions: Malazan Book of the Fallen series by Steven Erikson

Comics · Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Review: Star Wars Disney Canon Graphic Novels

I’ve been a casual Star Wars fan forever. I happily admit that the original trilogy are some of the best movies ever made, but I found the sheer scope of the fandom and expanded universe much too daunting for me. Every so often I might try a novel here or there based on recommendations from…… Continue reading Review: Star Wars Disney Canon Graphic Novels

Nonfiction · Sci-Fi · TV & Movies

Review: Vulcan (Hidden Universe Travel Guides) by Dayton Ward

So there’s a travel guide for the planet Vulcan from Star Trek. As a hardcore Vulcan-obsessed Trekkie, of course I wanted to check it out. I didn’t have high hopes, I just expected it to be mildly amusing and nicely designed — it’s from Insight Editions, which publishes a lot of TV and film art…… Continue reading Review: Vulcan (Hidden Universe Travel Guides) by Dayton Ward

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Writing

First Impressions: Stephen King

Friends, until this year I had never read a book by Stephen King, nor seen any of the movies based on his work. I love vampires and werewolves and spooky-scary things, but I’ve never been that into horror as such. His memoir/writer’s advice book On Writing is almost universally lauded as one of the best writing books…… Continue reading First Impressions: Stephen King

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

Review: Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page

I picked up Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page several years ago as an advance reading copy, for no particular reason, and then it sat on my shelves for a long time. Even after I started reading it, I thought I might not get around to finishing, but something about it held me and I’m glad it…… Continue reading Review: Paradise & Elsewhere by Kathy Page