I’ve read a lot of good books this year, but I feel confident that Her Body and Other Parties will be my favourite read of 2018. Carmen Maria Machado’s collection of short stories is nothing short of perfection, and brings everything I was looking for in a year of reading mostly feminist, female-identified, and woman-positive fiction writers. Every story in this collection is deliciously good, though, like many, my personal favourites are “The Husband Stitch,” “Real Women Have Bodies,” and “Eight Bites.” My least favourite was “Especially Heinous” but only because it was insanely long, (much like the series it mimics) and once I got the […]
It’s been a while since Skin Game was published, and with no release date for Peace Talks in sight, Harry Dresen fans such as myself have been feeling a little despondent. We all miss our crazy, tall, smart-aleky wizard. Thankfully, Brief Cases has come along, and while most of the stories have been published previously, some have been hard to get, making this a very welcome release for the deprived reader. I think I’d read just over half the stories before, so I was personally covering a lot of old ground. To make re-reading a little more interesting, I […]
This is a short story by Neil Gaiman. A dwarf comes seeking a man to act as a guide to a certain cave in the Black Mountains on the Misty Isle, a cave that is said to be full of gold for the taking. But that gold comes with a price. This is a story of travel and darkness and truth. Going the audiobook route is always a different experience than reading something, especially when the text is supplemented by illustrations, as this one is. In exchange for not getting to experience the illustrations with this work, we have […]
Project: Catch Up On Review Backlog, review #4 out of 11 Of the four Holmes books I’ve read so far, this one has been my favorite. Even my least favorite stories are solid, and there are several that are excellent. For context, these stories were all published between 1892-1893, at the height of both Conan Doyle’s and his famous hero’s popularity. Conan Doyle was growing extremely tired of his creation, and he wanted to write other, newer and more challenging things (he did, almost none of which is read now by anyone other than Conan Doyle scholars and really dedicated […]
The Merry Spinster aside, I’m not a huge short story person. I like something I can dive into that develops over time and establishes characters to come back to, etc. So Sour Heart was probably not going to knock it out of the park for me. I don’t appreciate short stories because I just don’t know what it is I’m meant to be appreciating – what in it I should be looking for. And looking back, I’m not really sure what I read. Full disclosure – this is another one of those times where I’ve read multiple books in the intervening period, […]
Episode 1-24: Two People Can Keep a Secret If One of Them is Dead Wherein I review: 91. The Stranger by Harlan Coben 92. Brief Cases by Jim Butcher 93. Ghostman (Jack White #1) by Roger Hobbs What would you do to keep a secret? Harlan Coben suggests you would embark on a decades long coverup that involves the murder of your childhood friends. Roger Hobbs believes in going full ghost on the heisting. And Jim Butcher…returns from the grave!!!!
As I have mentioned before, fairy tales were my jam when I was younger. I also love some good remixes — musical or cultural — and humor, so things like Texts from Jane Eyre were absolutely delightful to me. When I heard that Daniel Mallory Ortberg was putting out a book of retold fairy tails (as Mallory Ortberg), I immediately put in a pre-order. In my haste and my assumptions based on the humor of Ortberg’s other work, having missed the “Children’s Stories Made Horrific” series on The Toast, I foolishly disregarded the “tales of horror” part of the subtitle. […]
I’d been wanting to read this compilation of lesbian YA short stores from Julie Anne Peters for a few years and so I was very excited when I discovered a copy in my country library collection. As a fan of Peters for a while, since I love how she draws me into believable worlds of lesbian and trans teen characters with humor, warmth, and great writing, this book didn’t disappoint. In fact, it went beyond my expectations in terms of variety. Without going into spoilers on specific stories, it covers the fear of coming out and going to a Gay/Straight […]