Not a review

I have a day job, as do most of us. This day job is generally delightful, fulfilling, rewarding, et cetera; however, on occasion, I am subjected to the Worst Writing Evah, aka business jargon. Multi-page memos of obscurantism, sound and fury, signifying nothing. EG: As part of our review of horizontal management structure, we have … Continue reading Not a review


Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

Ask a writer how a book came to have a particular title and you might get any number of answers. Sometimes the writer chooses the title, and that title might not be the same over the course of the writing of the book. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood, was originally titled Offred. I don't … Continue reading Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

The Protector of the Small Quartet, by Tamora Pierce

Sometimes, a girl wants a story with horses and kittens and puppies. Where right makes might, justice is merciful, and good wins. And also, pie. Because pie is awesome. I don't know how Tamora Pierce does it, but she consistently manages to craft lovely, uplifting novels with difficult themes; characters who are deep and emotive … Continue reading The Protector of the Small Quartet, by Tamora Pierce

Sandman Slim novels, by Richard Kadrey

If you haven't already figured out that I like mystery and suspense with my SFF, then you haven't been paying attention. Stark (perhaps an homage to Donald Westlake's Parker novels, published under the pseudonym Richard Stark?) is a human magician who was sent to Hell by his "friends" at the tender age of 19, whereupon … Continue reading Sandman Slim novels, by Richard Kadrey