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 →

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 →

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones #FridayReads

The Tough Guide to Fantasyland by Diana Wynne Jones

I ran across a reference to The Tough Guide in a recent essay about fantasy literature and women writers by Tansy Rayner Roberts. She called it “the one book every fantasy writer should read.” While I’m not presently hoping to be a fantasy writer, I paid attention to this strong recommendation and borrowed a copy Continue Reading →

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles Episode 1: “Acts of Borden” Recap & Review

Lizzie and Emma at Maplecroft

The first episode of Lifetime’s limited run series, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles, was about what I expected from the show: a nice, solid hour of wicked fun, shot through with feminist critique of what a woman’s life was like at that time. Oh, and the body count in Fall River has doubled by the end of the evening. What’s not to love about that? Continue Reading →