Category Archive: Reviews

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Jun 17

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan [Reading Challenge 2017]

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan Random House, 2006 by Lisa See Challenge #2: A book taking place in Asia (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order)   Of all the books I’ve read in the first half of the year, this is the one that’s stuck with me the …

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Jun 13

The Aviary Gate [Reading Challenge 2017]

The Aviary Gate Bloomsbury, USA, 2010 by Katie Hickman Challenge #7: A book in a new-to-you genre (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) For this challenge, I chose The Aviary Gate, by Katie Hickman, from my pile of TBRs. From the cover copy I assumed it was historical romance, …

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Apr 18

Storyboarding Dystopia, Part II

Now where were we? Ah yes, superhero comics and dystopias. No one expects a lot of logic from these. For example, Wolverine’s claws magically suck up into his forearms when they are not needed, somehow without damaging the muscles in his wrists. That’s cool, and it’s a comic book where graphic departures from reality are …

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Apr 14

Storyboarding Dystopia, Part I

Silver blood on a Red Queen's hand

I am fascinated by YA Dystopias, even though a lot of them are execrably written. Somehow, though, they always manage to sucker me in, giving me the come-on with cryptic, pretty covers and high what-if concepts: What if all young people had a disease that caused them to die before age 25? What if society …

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Mar 21

Gilgamesh [Reading Challenge 2017]

Gilgamesh, a New English Version Freepress, 2004 Adapted by Stephen Mitchell Challenge #11: A Book Written Before 1700 (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of fiction in human history. I chose it to read for the “Ye Olde Book Shoppe” — a …

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Mar 16

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer [Reading Challenge 2017]

Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2007 Laini Taylor Challenge #6: Out of the Park at First Bat (Note: I am reading and blogging these Challenge books out of order) I’ve gotta say I have a lot of problems with post-Harry Potter YA books — the ones published after that first big boom. …

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Mar 07

Junction True [Review]

Junction True Top Shelf Productions, 2015 Ray Fawkes, writer; Vince Locke, illustrator   Junction Total is a technosex horror thriller set in a near future world, or perhaps a sideways-in-time version of this one, where hipsters and goths maintain constant connection to their blogs and blog audiences. The latest pursuit among the cream of them …

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Mar 06

Tiger Lung [Reading Challenge 2017]

Tiger Lung Dark Horse Originals, 2014 Simon Roy, Jason Wordie Challenge #12:  Three Color Mythology (Note that I am not doing this challenge in numerical order!) The Seattle Public Library is among the finest for a metropolitan area in the US. Each branch specializes in a different genre, and for my branch, it’s graphic novels. …

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Mar 01

Stardust [Reading Challenge 2017]

Stardust HarperCollins; Reprint edition Neil Gaiman Challenge #1: Coming to a theater near you I had never read Neil Gaiman before, so I was pleasantly surprised by his “Fairy tale for Grown-ups” Stardust. (A movie was made of it in 2007 starring Clare Danes and Charlie Cox, but I haven’t seen it, so can’t compare.) …

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Feb 23

Reading Challenge 2017

Inspired by the fine folks at the Writers Water Cooler forums, I have taken on a reading challenge for this year, my first ever. As a writer, I tend to not read a lot of fiction when I’m working, but of course as writers we must read, just to see how other writers do things, …

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