25 Mar
Once Upon a Time IX

Once Upon a Time IX

The Once Upon a Time Challenge hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings is one of my favorite blogging events of the year.  Participants welcome spring by immersing themselves in the fantastic, encountering trolls, goblins, and mysterious fae through media such as books, short stories, games, and film.  This was the challenge that introduced me to the book blogging community, and I’m honored to be able to participate again.  This year’s challenge is open until June 21st, and I’d encourage you to stop by the Review Site and see what others are reading. This year has been a lot busier […]

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18 Mar
“Mademoiselle Chanel” by C.W. Gortner

“Mademoiselle Chanel” by C.W. Gortner

  When I hear the name Chanel, I think of high fashion.  I think class.  I think of her iconic No. 5 perfume that I always sample in department stores, but never actually buy because I’m not the sort of person who’d spend close to $100 on a bottle of perfume ($100 can buy a lot of books), no matter how much I’m captivated by the scent.  But behind the glamour of Chanel’s brand lies the story of a remarkable woman who challenged social norms to build a fashion empire at a time when women were expected to marry, have […]

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09 Mar
“You Have to F*cking Eat” by Adam Mansbach

“You Have to F*cking Eat” by Adam Mansbach

The sunrise is golden and lovely, The birds chirp and twitter and tweet, You woke me and asked for some breakfast, So why the fuck won’t you eat? When I was a child, I was an extremely picky eater.  For years, most of my diet consisted of buttered pasta, because I refused to try new things or expand my horizons.  (Thanks Mom & Dad for putting up with me when I was going through that phase, which may or may not have lasted until I was, um, twelve!)  Eventually I grew out of it, and as an adult I’m a […]

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05 Mar
“Captive of Gor” by John Norman

“Captive of Gor” by John Norman

  Recap thus far: I’ve been reading this really trashy pulp series about a dude who ends up on another planet where there’s no modern weaponry and most of the women are contented sex slaves.  Think a kinky version of Barsoom.  I’ve enjoyed the series thus far with the caveat that it necessitates a suspension of morality in addition to a suspension of disbelief in order to avoid being filled with outrage at the series’ treatment of women. Based on reviews I’ve read, there’s a point where the series starts to go waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay downhill.  I’ve definitely reached that point.  Generally […]

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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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