Weekly reading, vol. 14

I am SO FAR BEHIND ON REVIEWS but this week is Spring Break for my grad school! So I have a little time to waste and I will waste it by writing very short reviews for books I read this month. Here’s what I read from February 28th to March 5th! Circuit Theory by Kirby Crow & Reya Stark is an unsual novella that’s nominally a scifi romance but reads more like Sims fanfiction. It Read More …

Very quick reviews: May & June 2015

Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me – Al Ewing A Loki who wants redemption and who doesn’t look like the bottom of an old shoe? Awesome! On the other hand, very much read like a continuation of about three other series (because it is), and at least two issues crossed over with another title and didn’t make much sense if you hadn’t read anything outside of this one. Annoying. Pretty good art, however, Read More …

Weekly reading, vol. 2

I’ve finished reorganizing my work library, which is great! I’m exhausted, but very excited for the students to finally get in there and mess around with the books. My new library computer also showed up on Friday which means I can finally add in the new students, update records, finish adding in new books, etc. Library opens in ONE WEEK! Goodness. Meanwhile, I’ve been vegging out on TV between doing school projects. I’ve started the Read More …

Crossing the Line by Karen Traviss

Lots of stuff from City of Pearl got carried over into this book, both thematically and character developmentally. For example, humans are still not special! And now they’ve invited an alien species to, like…visit? And that species looks like spiders and they’re way overpopulated and basically like the opposite of the Wess’har1 when it comes to respect for life and taking care of the planet and stuff. So basically we’ve now got, from least good Read More …

The Clockwork Dagger, Lady of Quality, Blue is the Warmest Color

I bought this mostly because of the cover (also, it was on sale). It’s a steampunkish fantasy set in an alternate world, where people can do magic but also there are airships. All things I enjoy, plus The Clockwork Dagger has spies and political intrigue and a missing princess and assassination attempts and multiple chase scenes and a very dashing/protective steward and a kind protagonist who was betrayed by those she loves and it’s great! Read More …

Good Eggs by Phoebe Potts

Going by the cover and the title, this seems like it’s about food and breakfast and happy breakfast foods. Well, it’s not. It’s not even particularly happy! It’s actually about babies and trying to make babies and parenthood and all the frustrations therein. Good Eggs is a memoir about the author’s journey towards getting pregnant (with some other stuff mixed in). Turns out her eggs actually aren’t so good, and she and her husband spend Read More …

Girls to the Front by Sara Marcus

When I was a teenager, which at this point is over 10 years ago, I somehow stumbled across zines. Possibly I found them through this fun site which was a message board/eBay combo where you could sell stuff to other people and then maybe they’d pay you for it.1 Anyway, I found zines, and then I bought a lot of them, and then I made some of my own, and THEN I found out about Read More …

City of Pearl by Karen Traviss (2004)

Somehow I accidentally read two scifi books, fairly close together, which have a heavy environmental conservation/protection/etc. slant. The first book was The Margarets, which was more about the effects bad environmentalism politics have on a planet of people. The second book was City of Pearl, which is more about the after-effects of radical environmentalism on one planet and what happens when humans come to mess things up. Human beings are not a special snowflake species Read More …

Steel by Carrie Vaughn (2011)

Pirates! Magical swords! Swashbuckling adventures! Gross historical details that add flavor and color while also grounding it in realism! Steel has everything one could want in a book about time travel, fencing, and being confident in oneself. What I liked best about Steel was that the protagonist, Jill, was unapologetically skilled at something. She wasn’t a special snowflake, she didn’t magically just KNOW how to use a sword. She worked hard at it, and it Read More …