REVIEW: Skating to Antarctica by Jenny Diski

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading Skating to Antarctica, since all I remembered about it was that it had something about travel and it was also kind of depressing. If I could remember HOW I found out about Jenny Diski’s books, I could figure out how that was all I knew about them, but since I can’t we’re in the dark together. Anyway, it’s not as depressing as I thought it Read More …

REVIEW: You’ve Got Murder by Donna Andrews

Continuing on my adventures into cozy mysteries with something weird in them, we’ve come to You’ve Got Murder, where the amateur detective is an A.I.! You may think that having a computer program solve mysteries is a bit of a cheat, since, uh, computer programs are basically omnipresent/omniscient/etc, but stick in a personality and that computer program becomes much more interesting and not infallible at all. Turing (the A.I.) is evolving into a full-fledged person. Read More …

REVIEW: Dead End Dating by Kimberley Raye

Okay, you know how there’s some books that are funny and enjoyable and even kind of cute, except that after reading them you feel sort of like you’ve eaten too many chocolate covered cherries and now your mouth is all filmed over and you sort of regret eating that many candies? Well, that’s kind of like how I feel about this book. Its all those things nice I described, but after reading it I felt Read More …

The Wright 3 by Blue Balliett

I really enjoyed Chasing Vermeer when I read it back in…2005? I liked the theme of coincidences-that-are-not, and the characters, and Blue Balliett’s writing, and basically just everything about it. It took me a while to read the sequel, The Wright 3, but it’s got everything I liked about the first book and MORE. What I like best about Blue Balliett’s books is that they’re magical and exciting and they make me want to be Read More …

Magic or Madness by Justine Larbalestier

Okay, here’s the thing. I kinda hate this book, and yet it was so easy to read and had just enough good things in it that I managed to read it all in one day. (I suspect that this is kinda what happens to people who read the Twilight books?) Anyway. Magic or Madness is about Reason Cansino, a teenage girl who doesn’t believe in magic but does believe in the power of math and Read More …

REVIEW: The Time of Feasting by Mick Farren

If The Time of Feasting was a movie, it’d be somewhere in the B range. Luckily, I happen to love B movies, so I had a lot of fun reading this. There’s a ton of interesting little details and action stuffed into it, so it moves fast and kept my interest ’til the end. The characters were entertaining (especially the creepy incestuous sisters, one tall and bald and the other like a demonic Shirley Temple), Read More …