Category Archives: Books and Reading

World is Doomed! Teens Read Trash, News at 11.

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This summer, Salon featured an article wherein an adult reader takes to task other adults who like books written for young readers. This caused a spinoff furor that included the time-honored cane thumping about the garbage teens are reading, and how … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – September 24, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading.     • What are you currently reading? Sorcerer’s Feud, by Katharine Kerr. Thoroughly enjoyable tale set in San Francisco with magic, runes, shape changers, and a fascinating twist on vampirism. Memoirs of … Continue reading


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Consideration of Works Past: Farnham’s Freehold

(Picture from Farnham’s Freehold for a while now. There is a whole lot of controversy on that book. While race showed up regularly in his work, FF was the only book where he attempted to actually confront it. There was … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday 9-17-2014

It’s WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. • What did you recently finish reading? I just finished Lawrence in Arabia: War, Deceit, Imperial Folly and the Making of the Modern Middle East by Scott Anderson. David Lean’s classic movie … Continue reading


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Beauty is the Beast

  I was reshelving some books the other day, and there was Rosmund Hodge’s debut YA fantasy, Cruel Beauty. I’d read it when it first came out, remembered enjoying it, and sat down to reread it. There seem to have … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – 9-10-2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading, and is cross-posted at planetpooks. 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 … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – Sept 3, 2014

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The first book is very, very heavily into cricket neep, which I find hard to follow since I’ve never been educated in the game. That doesn’t matter, because the rest of this alien world is as rigidly courteous as a Regency romance in some ways, and as lawless as a cowboy book in thers. The language, mores, practices, and passions are all strange and compelling. One of these days, someone who knows cricket will sit with me through a game and my education will be complete. Continue reading


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Good Bad Books

Worldcon is now over, and if you were stuck home like me, your internet reading every day was full of posts about panels and discussions and finally the awards, which latter sparked some discussion, including the inevitable backlash of derision … Continue reading


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WWW Wednesday – Aug 27, 2014

WWW Wednesday. This meme is from shouldbereading. My reading of late has been sporadic, fitted around beta reading and proofing. • What are you currently reading? After Elizabeth, by Leanda de Lisle. Basic, eminently readable history about James I of … Continue reading


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Truth in Fiction: Interesting Victorian Women

I am bound to come out like a murderess or an idiot in my photograph — hard featured, forbidding, and coarse. . . . Mr. Falk had given me a low chair, and I told him my legs were so … Continue reading


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