Year End Mini Reviews

Cottonwood by R. Lee Smith is another slow burn monster/human romance. Aliens came to earth and were quickly separated from humans. The protagonist, Sarah Fowler, has just accepted a new job as a social worker with the organization in charge of resettling and integrating the bug-like aliens. But “resettling” and “integrating” are loaded terms, andRead more

“The Last Hour of Gann” by R. Lee Smith

After reading R. Lee Smith’s undead erotica novel last month, my friends and I decided to make monster romance book club (well, that’s the sanitized version of the name) into a regular event. We all loved R. Lee Smith’s worldbuilding, and we knew that she had another monster romance, this time featuring an alien lizardmanRead more

Mini-Reviews: the Marie Kondo (Konmari) Books

I borrowed The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and its sequel Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up from a friend and read them both, one after the other, over the course of a weekend. I was hoping for inspiration; I’m moving to a newRead more

“The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell

A coworker loaned me The Sparrow several months ago, and I’ve been slowly savoring it.  It’s a literary science fiction novel about first contact with an alien species, and everything that can go wrong.  In 2019, we discover a transmission of music from another planet, and the Jesuits put together an expedition to travel to and meetRead more

Mini-Reviews – Scott Hawkins & Jenny Lawson

So, it’s been a while since I blogged.  The space bar on my computer was broken, and I know y’all don’t want to read anentireblogpostthatlookslikethis.  That would be painful.  Now that I’m back, I’m going to dive in with some mini-reviews of books I’ve read semi-recently but haven’t gotten a chance to write dedicated postsRead more

“The Black Fire Concerto” by Mike Allen

After seeing glowing reviews at The Little Red Reviewer, Lynn’s Book Blog, and Just Book Reading, I knew I had to read The Black Fire Concerto.  I’m on a book-buying hiatus until the government shutdown ends and I have a regular paycheck again, but lucky for me, it is available through the Kindle Owner’s LendingRead more