Book Review: This Census-Taker by China Miéville

Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via a Goodreads giveaway.

So I was really looking forward to this book. A lot. I’d read the first chapter when it was posted online a few months ago and could not wait to get my hands on this one. I was super excited to receive the ARC in the mail a few days before the publication date and dove into the book as soon as I could….

And I hit a brick wall. Continue Reading →

Doctor Who: “Under the Lake” and “Before the Flood” First Impressions

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I’m covering this two-parter in a very late single post because I’m a bit traumatized right now when it comes to water.


I live in South Carolina, which suffered a rainfall of near-biblical proportions the weekend that the first half of this two-parter, “Under the Lake,” premiered. “How much rainfall are we talking about?” you ask. ::deep breath:: We had two feet of rain. TWO. FEET. Continue Reading →

The Yellow Wall-Paper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gilman #FridayReads

My Charlotte Perkins Gilman haul. Thanks, Mr. K's!

My first encounter with Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an elective writing class I signed up for in 12th grade. Our teacher, Mrs. Brandenburg, passed out copies of “The Yellow Wall-Paper” for us to read. I’d never heard of her, but that didn’t matter since I was the weird kid who would read pretty much anything put in front of me. This story, however, was different. Continue Reading →

Doctor Who: “The Magician’s Apprentice” First Impressions

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It’s new Doctor Who time again! Before we begin, let’s talk about what this post is and what it isn’t. What it is: A few thoughts I have about the episode having watched it twice in the first few hours after it’s release. What it isn’t: a full-on critical essay laying out all of the nuances of the story. This isn’t a final pronouncement on “The Magician’s Apprentice.” It’s only the beginning.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s look at “The Magician’s Apprentice.” Continue Reading →