I finally got around to finishing N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth Trilogy. I read the first book, The Fifth Season, sometime in 2016 and was mostly waiting for the next two to be published before diving back in. They are phenomenal books, if extremely bleak. However, (and take note grimdark fans) Jemisin manages to create this bleakness without raping her female characters every other page. Bonkers, I know. Survival is paramount in the Stillness. If you cannot contribute to the survival of your people, community, or […]
My book exchange gift came on Saturday. I’m so happy. Love these, and I’m looking forward to reading them. Thank you very much SisterCyote.
H.P. Lovecraft is rightfully considered a founder of the horror genre. His writing is haunting, scary, and vast. His works have inspired countless books, movies, and games. They are also plagued by the extreme, even for the day, racism of its creator. Delightfully, there seems to be this trend of taking his stories and transforming them in order to examine the racist roots. I for one, am here for it. Earlier this year I read and reviewed The Ballad of Black Tom, and recently I’ve […]
I read both the main pick and the alt pick for Vaginal Fantasy this month, I wanted very much to like them both as they both sounded so interesting. I ended up hating both, though for two very different reasons. A Promise of Fire was the main pick this month, and like I said, I wanted to like this novel. I enjoyed the bits and pieces that made up the story around the romance, but ultimately I just couldn’t deal with the romance. Unfortunately the […]
I’ve been trying to figure out exactly how to review these books for a while now. I liked them quite a bit, they’re very entertaining, but there are some really ugly themes in the books which I think were unintended by the author. I think the biggest problem is when I read them, which I’ll get into in a later paragraph because it’s gonna be a long one. However, even with those troubling themes, I still did like the books. They’re very well plotted out […]
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry won the Newbery Award in 1977, the fact that it’s still a very topical book about racism makes me want to scream in frustration. The Newbery Honor books that year were Abel’s Island by William Steig, which I didn’t think I’d ever read until I read the description and guys, I LOVED THIS ONE I’m totally re-reading it at some point; and A String in the Harp by Nancy Bond, which I think I read and liked but don’t […]
I have always enjoyed YA and Middle Grade novels, a good book is a good book regardless of its target audience. However, I keenly felt all through reading 7th Grade Revolution that I was most definitely not the target audience and that a younger person would have enjoyed the book a lot more then I did. That’s not to say that it’s a bad book, it’s not, it’s just not one that crosses the demographic from young reader to adult reader well. It’s a perfectly […]
I’ve had a low key goal of eventually reading all of the Newbery award winners for a long, long time. It’s not something I’ve actively pursued, but it’s definitely been something that’s in the back of my head as something I’d like to do, you know eventually. Well an old friend started a facebook book club because she wanted to read all the books on one of those lists of 100 books everyone should read and then have the Newbery award winners as an alternate […]