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 →

The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe #FridayReads

The Fifth Head of Cerberus by Gene Wolfe

No, 1972’s The Fifth Head of Cerberus is not the newest SFF book out there. But I’ve enjoyed other books by Gene Wolfe, and two of my coworkers insisted that I give this one a try. In fact, they very carefully told me nothing about it, so I have no preconceived ideas about the three novellas collected in this book. Continue Reading →