03 Mar
New Acquisitions: Pulpy trash edition!

New Acquisitions: Pulpy trash edition!

A few weeks ago, I went to a used bookstore in DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, where I was delighted to find a great selection of vintage pulpy sci-fi/fantasy novels.  After much deliberation, I settled on the following: Sword Woman by Robert E. Howard an Anne McCaffrey space opera that I haven’t read yet a book called Cormac MacArt: Sword of the Gael, which is apparently part of a series that I’ve never heard of the next three Gor books, which will likely be terrible All six are going on my shelf for days that I’m looking for something mindless or […]

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28 Feb
February 2015: A Month in Review

February 2015: A Month in Review

The craziness that is February is almost over!  It’s been a very busy month, but I still managed to post a couple reviews.  I’m hoping to do some catching up in March and to get back to my usual posting schedule, but we shall see what happens.  In other news, I’ve started taking singing lessons.  I used to love to sing when I was younger, and I would sing any time I had the chance …in the car, school choral groups, the church choir, etc.  Since moving to the DC area (almost 9 years ago, although it doesn’t seem like […]

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23 Feb
“Grave Mercy” by Robin LaFevers

“Grave Mercy” by Robin LaFevers

  Grave Mercy is a young adult historical fantasy novel by Robin LaFevers.  The protagonist, Ismae, is an antiheroine.  She grew up in an abusive household and is in the process of being married off to someone who is even worse, but then an opportunity for a different kind of life presents itself to her.  She joints the convent of Mortain, the patron saint of death, and is trained to carry out her Saint’s will through the art of assassination.  Once her training is complete, Ismae is sent on an assignment that thrusts her into the center of Brittany’s political […]

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17 Feb
DNF Review: “The King’s Peace” by Jo Walton

DNF Review: “The King’s Peace” by Jo Walton

  Do you ever have one of those books that you just know you’ll love, but they you start reading it and it seems to drag on and on without reason?  I was incredibly excited to read The King’s Peace after reading Walton’s ethereal and introspective novel Among Others (seriously, if you haven’t read it, go do so, this instant!), about a child who discovers the worlds of classic science fiction and fantasy novels as she goes through hard times in her life.  Unfortunately, The King’s Peace contains none of the magic of Among Others. The story itself is a retelling […]

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12 Feb
Mini-Review: “The Angel” by Tiffany Reisz

Mini-Review: “The Angel” by Tiffany Reisz

  Note: This review contains spoilers from The Siren. Famed erotica writer Nora Sutherlin has returned to Soren, the Dom that she spent the past book pining over.  There’s only one problem: he’s actually a priest, so there’s no way the two of them could ever have a “normal” relationship.  And because Soren is extremely good at his job, he’s in line for a promotion.  Not wanting to cause a scandal, he sends Nora away for the summer, where she’s staying with her hot friend Griffin.  Meanwhile, there’s Michael, an older teen who recently tried to kill himself because of […]

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10 Feb
“Dying Inside” by Robert Silverberg

“Dying Inside” by Robert Silverberg

  I began reading Robert Silverberg’s Dying Inside for Vintage Sci-Fi Month.  Clearly since it’s midway through February I’m running a bit behind, but such is life. Dying Inside is the story of a telepath named David Selig.  The story is set in our own world in the late 60s/early 70s, contemporary to when the novel was written.  Selig’s telepathy alienated him from his peers and made him feel like an outsider.  It’s been his burden, his curse, his downfall for his entire life.  Now, as Selig ages, he finds that he is losing his “gift,” which has been so […]

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04 Feb
Mini-Review: “The Shadowy Horses” by Susanna Kearsley

Mini-Review: “The Shadowy Horses” by Susanna Kearsley

  In Susanna Kearsley’s The Shadowy Horses, an archaeologist named Verity Grey takes a job in the Scottish countryside.  She’s been hired by an eccentric old man who believes that they will dig up evidence of a lost Roman legion on the property.  Of course, his only evidence is that a psychically gifted youth claims to have seen the ghost of a Roman soldier wandering around the property, and that evidence isn’t particularly likely to stand up in the academically community.  The archaeologists have a short window to discover something before they become a laughingstock, but Verity is caught by […]

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02 Feb
January 2015: A Month in Review

January 2015: A Month in Review

During January, I read and reviewed the following books: January was a busy month, and February is about to become even busier.  My reviews in the coming month might be a bit more spread out than usual, because I’m going to be having a couple friends visit from out of town, and I’ll be spending more time visiting and less time reading and writing new blog posts.  It’s exciting to have the opportunity to connect with people whom I don’t have the opportunity to see very often.  That being said, I’m going to start off the month with a couple […]

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28 Jan
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SF Signal Mind Meld

Today I’m over at SF Signal as a part of the Mind Meld “You Know We’re All About That Backlist,” where I talk about how to dive into Octavia Butler’s books.  Be sure to swing by and discover some of the panelists’ favorite backlist titles! http://www.sfsignal.com/archives/2015/01/mind-meld-all-about-that-backlist/

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26 Jan
“The Girl With All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey

“The Girl With All the Gifts” by M.R. Carey

  The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey is not your average zombie story.  It starts out from the perspective of Melanie, a little girl who is being raised in an institution.  She spends most of her life strapped down and restrained, and doesn’t realize how unusual this is because all the kids she goes to school with are in a similar position.  Melanie thinks she’s normal, but she’s not.  As the story slowly progresses, we learn that she is part zombie and that her school is part of a research organization that’s studying zombie/human hybrids to try […]

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