Children's & Middle Grade · Sci-Fi · Uncategorized

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

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