Children's & Middle Grade · Fantasy

Review: The Wish List by Eoin Colfer

So, we all know I love Artemis Fowl, and I love Airman even more. Eoin Colfer is a great writer, and his books seem to lend themselves well to audiobooks, so I keep on listening. That’s how I ended up with The Wish List, which is far from being one of his well-known titles. It’s not the…… Continue reading Review: The Wish List by Eoin Colfer

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

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

History · Nonfiction

A Followup on Satanism

Back in November I read and reviewed the recent book Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism by Ruben van Luijk. It was great, one of my favorite books from last year, and although I’ve always been interested in Lucifer, this book not only actually GAVE me the information I’ve wanted for years, but…… Continue reading A Followup on Satanism

History · Nonfiction

Review – Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism by Ruben van Luijk

I’ve been interested in Lucifer for a long time. I used to be a Christian, and even then I wanted to know how a few disparate references in the Bible had come to be understood as references to a single entity. How did we come to think of Satan the way we do? He’s a…… Continue reading Review – Children of Lucifer: The Origins of Modern Religious Satanism by Ruben van Luijk

Adult Fiction

Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

The Classic: Cain, a Mystery (1821) by Lord Byron This is a rather obscure play, and as such I couldn’t find a good blurb, but basically it’s a play in poetry clearly inspired by Paradise Lost, telling a story about Cain and his conversations with Lucifer leading up to the murder of Abel. (“Mystery” is used here…… Continue reading Classics Club: Cain by Lord Byron

History · Other Stuff

Museum Visit: The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD)

I don’t always post about art museum visits, because I generally find art exhibits very subjective and also because photography is often prohibited and that’s how I note all the things I might want to talk about without interrupting my flow. However, the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore has a really interesting approach I’d like to discuss. I visited…… Continue reading Museum Visit: The Walters Art Museum (Baltimore, MD)