Category Archives: Books and Reading

Pastoral Fantasy

  Some twenty, twenty-five years ago, I recollect a lot of scorn poured on the pastoral fantasy. Which is fine—no every subgenre pleases every reader, blah blah—but (as people will) the pastoral novel was derided as being not only twee … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 5/13/2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? Aliette de Bodard’s THE HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS, which is an amazing fantastical thriller set in a post-magical-disaster Paris, and you really should go pre-order … Continue reading

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Beta Demons Do It Better: writing a sweet reunion romance in an urban paranormal universe

kids, don't try this at home without a chiropractor

I really fell for Kamadeva as I was writing him. He may be a slacker, but he’s good-hearted and thoroughly kind, a lazy beta sweetheart who is permanently in love with a butt-kicking alpha virgin. He won’t get anywhere beating his chest. But he might make it work if he can get her to seduce herself. Continue reading

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Jane Austen’s Writing Advice

I don’t know if anyone else shared my interest in writing advice from the greats. Some writers, like Henry James, wrote books about writing (his ideas on what he thought the modern novel would be in the twentieth century is … Continue reading

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Fiction, Truth, and Race

Redwood and Wildfire

I took a train down the California coast this week. In the seat in front of me, a woman was reading Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind. I don’t know how popular that book is today, but when I was … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 5/6/2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What are you reading now? Collaborators, by Deborah Wheeler. This book, a Tiptree Award contender, was suggested as a result of my post about space opera a couple weeks back. So … Continue reading

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Author Events–What Kind do You Like?

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Author events can take different forms: Author reads prose or poetry for an hour or so. Author presents a slideshow about research or the process of writing a book. An interview or Q&A with the audience. A mini-workshop imparting a … Continue reading

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Women Writing Space Opera

I’m so glad to see a female-written space opera getting lots of glitz, and Anne Leckie’s books are well worth the praise. But like so many other situations, that is one woman getting all the buzz that mostly flows toward … Continue reading

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WWW Wednesday – 4/22/2015

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? In keeping with my erratic practice of juggling fiction and non-fiction, I just finished Going Clear, Lawrence Wright’s book on the history and growth of … Continue reading

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Tidings of Comfort

Note: I chose this painting because I liked it. It was only after I’d typed in the painter’s name (Louis Comfort Tiffany) that I realized I’d doubled up on the entendres. Pure serendipity. With a to-be-read pile that stacks up to … Continue reading

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