I liked everything about Harrow’s new novel, a story that blends the mythology of Grimm’s fairy tales with historical misogyny. The Eastwood sisters Beatrice, Agnes, and Juniper haven’t seen each other for seven years. The two elder sisters fled the family farm because of… Continue Reading “Review: The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow”
This year my husband signed up to vote in the Hugo Awards, and together we’re reading as many of the nominees as possible. Voting runs from May 11 to July 31, and the awards are announced in August at WorldCon in Dublin. As described… Continue Reading “Reading the Hugo Nominees”
As Halloween approached, I’ve been thinking about scary books and why we read them. With all the horror in the news, my work colleagues have been increasingly asking for “lighter” book recommendations (I’ve been recommending Less). I’ve written several posts with recommendations of good… Continue Reading “Why do we read books that scare us?”
One of my favorite annual blog events is Readers Imbibing Peril, or RIP. Because let’s face it, the real world is scary enough. This event runs from September 1 to October 31, and is all about reading things that are spooky, whether they are… Continue Reading “R.I.P. XIII: Readers Imbibing Peril”
Last month I read the final book in two trilogies, and I began a new one (that is really an old one). I’ll start with the new one. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler Octavia Butler is such a fantastic writer. She wrote… Continue Reading “Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews: Octavia Butler, N.K. Jemisin, and V.E. Schwab”
Here are three more science fiction and fantasy mini-reviews, brought to you by the 20 Books of Summer Challenge. Since it’s pretty difficult to review books that are part of series, I’m keeping these short. I recommend all three if you’re looking for good,… Continue Reading “Science Fiction and Fantasy Mini-Reviews”
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