Category Archives: Books and Reading

UNRAVELING TIME

I’m not usually one for time travel tales—some read too much like math problems, with not enough historical detail for my particular bent. Others carry me along but seem to fall apart after I think about them a bit. So … Continue reading

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Hapax, Heyer, Austen and the Language Attic (“ton” and “sprack”)

Six times, now, in the past few months I’ve been asked “Where was that blog post you put up about Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer?” That question, in addition to our “Language Attic” series, caused me to reprise this riff, … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She Filed Her Taxes on Time

One of the things I love about the way the fantasy genre has evolved in the new millennium is how it plays with its tropes. Every genre has them, and cherishes them. Tropes are what make a genre what it … Continue reading

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Visual Readers and Memorable Scenes

  One of the most interesting discoveries I’ve made about reading (and writing) is how our brains process text. Some of us are intensely visual. This is both great and not so great. The perils and pitfalls of being a … Continue reading

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How to Enjoy Literature in a Foreign Language ™

A while ago, I heard about the book UND WAS HAT DAS MIT MIR ZU TUN? (AND WHAT DOES THAT HAVE TO DO WITH ME?) by Sacha Battyany. It’s about a man who discovers that in 1945, his great-aunt, who … Continue reading

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Reading for Fun and Points

Sherwood Smith wrote on Saturday about revisiting classics that were foisted on you as a teen and discovering that they were really pretty good (as always with Sherwood’s posts, she writes about many different things in one essay, but this … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Traveler: du Maurier vs Bronte

We’re talking about Rebecca and Jane Eyre. Two naïve young women come to live in lavish English houses owned by older men with secrets. One, a dead wife, and one a living wife who is insane. It’s the same story. … Continue reading

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Hainish Novels & Stories

Ursula K. Le Guin, photo by Marian Wood Kolisch

THE HAINISH NOVELS AND STORIES, Volumes One and Two, separately and in boxed set, coming September 5, 2017, from Library of America. Edited by Brian Attebery. Now available for pre-order. Continue reading

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Food fantasies and big girl power in Coed Demon Sluts: Pog

For a lot of big (and formerly big) women, food is not necessarily a part of the picture. For Pog it’s everything. Sex equals power, demonhood means wealth, but food is love. Continue reading

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Crickets: The Art of Reading to an Audience

One last thing about reading to an audience: bring a big box of graceful resignation. Because sometimes, no matter how wonderful your work is, no one shows up. Or, perhaps worse, three people show up and you’re reading to a … Continue reading

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