And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander

This was everything I wanted The Pink Carnation to be: exciting historical shenanigans with a mystery and a strong lead. Admittedly, Emily drove me up the wall sometimes. She’s not afraid to go against the grain of Victorian society, which is great! But she’s also naive and a little foolhardy. I’m thinking particularly of the last half of the book where her dead husband might be not-so-dead and she proceeds to go to a foreign Read More …

Mini-Reviews: Sushi for Beginners, Firebird, Dig, Abhorsen

Home again! The trip went well; I’ll be writing more about it here and at my travel blog later. For now, you can check out Finchagogo for some pictures I took. As for Birdbrain(ed)– I need to catch up on reviews! Don’t want to be posting January reviews in March (again). So, here we are. Yay! Guess what? I haven’t read a Marian Keyes book written after 2004! Which is really weird. Rereading Sushi also Read More …

American Gods: 10th Anniversary Edition by Neil Gaiman

The first time I read American Gods was back in 2006, and while I remember liking it I ALSO remember not really “getting” it. I didn’t understand a lot of it– mainly I couldn’t understand Shadow, who came off as emotionless and weird and scary. Now, though, six years later, I TOTALLY get it. I understand Shadow not the carboard-y character I thought he was at first. I understand the main plot, with the gods Read More …

Crooked Little Vein by Warren Ellis

Oh, it’s worse than that. Crooked Little Vein is about the underground going mainstream. It’s about the outside coming in. It’s about Godzilla bukkake porn. Well, maybe not just about Godzilla bukkake porn, but porn is a part of it. The weird parts that make up America is a part of it. This quote pretty much explains the whole book: “You don’t just get to keep the parts of the country you like, ignore the Read More …