History · Nonfiction · Queer

Review: “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” by Justin Spring

I don’t review much nonfiction on this blog. I like reading it, I often make a particular effort to include it in lists, and y’all seem to enjoy reading my term papers, but I haven’t done many reviews for some reason. I guess nonfiction books can seem more specialized, and even if I think a…… Continue reading Review: “Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade” by Justin Spring

Adult Fiction · Fantasy · Queer · Romance

Review: Brute by Kim Fielding

I found Brute, a disability-themed gay fantasy romance by Kim Fielding, when the excellent Lola of Hit or Miss Books reviewed it in January of 2015. And then it took me two years to read it because public libraries don’t carry many books like that, and I just never got around to buying the ebook. I’m glad…… Continue reading Review: Brute by Kim Fielding

Comics · Queer

Is This Feminism? Grant Morrison’s Wonder Woman

I’m a big fan of DC Comics’ Earth One series. They’re retellings of the most famous heroes’ origin stories, and that can be terribly overdone, but these graphic novels have their own unique tone and they’ve been released as full volumes on a pretty slow schedule (not monthly issues) so they maintain some interest. They’re “darker…… Continue reading Is This Feminism? Grant Morrison’s Wonder Woman

Children's & Middle Grade

Review: Fish by L.S. Matthews

I love fish. I love books about fish. So, I searched the word “fish” in my library’s ebook system, and I found Fish by L.S. Matthews: a remarkable little children’s book about a refugee family. Their child, Tiger, saves a fish from a drying-up puddle and takes across the border with them on the hope that they’ll…… Continue reading Review: Fish by L.S. Matthews

Children's & Middle Grade · TV & Movies

Review: Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events

I’ve been anxiously awaiting Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events since the first announcement, and it’s surpassed by wildest expectations. Rich aesthetics, witty and gripping, manages to be unexpected despite my love of the books, and the whole production team seems to have wholeheartedly embraced creating this slightly off-kilter world. And it has an intro sequence with…… Continue reading Review: Netflix’s Series of Unfortunate Events

Comics · Queer

Review: Love is Love, IDW Publishing

The Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida last summer was a gut-punch to the queer community. A lot of us came out the next day in solidarity… I was already “out,” but posted about it on Facebook for the first time. I wanted to do something to help, and I felt like not being as out as…… Continue reading Review: Love is Love, IDW Publishing

Fantasy · Queer · YA

The Non-Binary Book Club Reads Every Heart a Doorway

Originally posted on The Lobster Dance:
Via Tor.com. [Image: cover of Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire. The cover shows an open wooden door in a doorframe in the middle of a forest.] What’s the Non-Binary Book Club? While Book Club might have fallen a bit by the wayside as I (and many of the…

Queer · TV & Movies

Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

Before The Boxtrolls came out in 2014, it was getting buzz for its creepy Burton-style animation and a same-sex couple shown in one of the trailers. Then it hit theaters and I heard, well, nothing. That kind of response doesn’t really mean anything except that people didn’t go see it in the first place, but…… Continue reading Review: The Boxtrolls (2014)

Adult Fiction · History

Review: Ireland by Frank Delaney

Ireland, by Frank Delaney, published in 2005. A 576-page novel about Ireland, oral traditions, family, and the texture of history. It doesn’t sound like my kind of thing, really, but it turned out to be incredible. Here’s the description: One wintry evening in 1951, an itinerant storyteller — a Seanchai, the very last practitioner of a…… Continue reading Review: Ireland by Frank Delaney

Comics · Queer · Sci-Fi

Review: O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti

Today I bring you the shortest of reviews. I won’t waste your time — you could be spending it reading this book, after all: O Human Star is a comic which the creator, Blue Delliquanti, identifies as a “science fiction family drama.” It’s full of queer characters and robots. Some of the queer characters ARE robots. All…… Continue reading Review: O Human Star by Blue Delliquanti