I had read quite a few reviews of this book, and still I don’t think I fully grasped what to expect. Back in January both yesknopemaybe and sistercoyote’s reviews of this book got me to add it to both my to read list, and found it a home on my Read Harder Challenge. My exact words were “Okay, that’s it, you all win. On the to read list it goes. I’m not even that big a Sherlock Holmes fan (hush, I know, I know.)” At the end of my reading experience I’m left feeling a little unfulfilled, I don’t know […]
The What If of this book can be summed up as: What if Mystery, Inc., had actually tangled with chthonic beasts and didn’t realize it until their mid-twenties? What I thought of Meddling Kids? Well, that’s a bit of a mystery, too.
Read for CBR 10 Bingo: Underrepresented. Steph Cha is a Korean-American mystery writer in a field dominated by white people (mostly men). I’m usually graceful when I review first time novelists, so while there was a lot that annoyed me about Steph Cha’s debut, I generally enjoyed it and am going to lean mostly on the positives. I love hard boiled/noir fiction. Apparently, so does Steph Cha and her main character (and author ancillary) Junipero Song. The book is littered with references to Chandler, Macdonald and Hammett, three of the greats (Macdondald is my personal favorite). I’m not sure it […]
I’m slowly working my way through my library’s fantasy collections on Overdrive, which is how I found An Ember in the Ashes, the first book of Sabaa Tahir’s YA fantasy series. My reading goals this year are to a) not buy books (only bought one so far this year!); and b) read more female fantasy writers (I made it to July without reading any dudes, and I read more than I usually do!) So, as I quite enjoy YA fantasy, I added this one to my reading list and figured I’d give it a whirl. It’s a bonus that Tahir is […]
Craig Robinson, truly a “man for all seasons,” continues to prove that he’s a national treasure with his debut children’s book, Jake the Fake. Did you love Craig on The Office? Or in his recurring role as Doug Judy, the Pontiac Bandit, on Brooklyn 99? How about his annoying, and yet charming, commercials for Dodge? Did you ever hear him sing Radiohead’s Creep (with an all-Office backup band. Creed!)? And he was even great on Ghosted, which was really quite terrible. Long story short, Craig is great. He used to be a school music teacher, and he uses that […]
This is my Underrepresented category. You know of a minority, it is here. There are two dads in the doctor’s office. Jilly’s aunts are gay, and one is black (with two children from her previous marriage that she “called the biggest mistake of her life”). Gino speaks about the injustices surrounding the shootings of young black people. There is a black and deaf child. Jilly’s baby sister is deaf. The author, Alex Gino is non-gender conforming. You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P! is Gino’s sophomore novel. Their first novel, George, has gotten a lot of praise and slack for talking […]
#CBR10Bingo: Underrepresented Alice’s girlfriend dumps her because she can’t really handle the fact that Alice is asexual and while she’s perfectly willing to engage in sexual acts to please her girlfriend, she herself doesn’t really get much out of it. Dumped and heartbroken, Alice swears off dating entirely. She moves into the spare room at the apartment of her two best friends (who are a couple) and is determined to power through the summer enjoying good food, binge watching TV and working at the library. The only problem? There’s a new guy, Takumi, working at the library and he makes […]