Category Archives: Books and Reading

The Goblin Emperor and the female gaze

I am trying to get down some preliminary thoughts about something that occurred to me while I was rereading, and loving all over again, Katherine Addison’s recent release, The Goblin Emperor . I was about three quarters of the way through, and … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday 4-16-2014

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To my shock I have realized that these books are literally one hundred years old. My copies are first editions. This forces me to recognize that I am, in spite of a certain raunchy rowdiness when the moon is full, one of those old farts who read hundred year old novels and relish their grace, their command of English, and their depiction of a slower and more mannered time than our own. Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday 4-9-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.   I am currently in the midst of a sixth reread of Patrick O’Brian’s Aubrey-Maturin series.  The first time I read it, I sat down in my reading chair, curious, disengaged, the warm … Continue reading


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Musings on Tech-Heaven

Tech-Heaven by Linda Nagata

This post was originally published at the author’s website, Hahvi.net. Powerful women populate my 1995 novel, Tech-Heaven, in a story that explores the impact of cryonics, the slow development of nanotechnology, and political issues surrounding both. But is Tech-Heaven a … Continue reading


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Story stuff that always gets me

      A few years back, I did a post on “Ten things I don’t want to read about,”   so I thought, why not ten things that always hook my interest? This would be about story elements, maybe … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday 4-2-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.   To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday 3-26-2014 — Cat Kimbriel Reads and Reviews

I finally got to read the third Tiffany Aching novel by Terry Pratchett, and I must say, if you have never felt called to read Terry Pratchett’s absurd view of the universe? And you like YA fantasy? Try the Tiffany books. The first is Wee Free Men, and the second A Hat Full of Sky. I think you could start with any of them, but I read them in order. The third, Wintersmith, is masterful. It is by turns humorous and harrowing, silly and strong, modern and ancient.
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Pillow Fights, Oysters, and Changes of State
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This blog is not really about pillow fights. Nor is it about moving from Nebraska, say, to California—although, I’ve actually done that … twice. And any seafood involved is metaphorical. This blog is about key reasons that many of the stories … Continue reading


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Indie Discoveries— Andrea K. Höst

Indies I’d like to commence a series of posts on independent writers. Independent, or “indie,” sidesteps the baggage of “self-published.” For a bit of perspective: since records have been kept, it appears that artists, musicians, and writers were pretty much … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – 3-19-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.   To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?   … Continue reading


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