Review: The Queen of Ieflaria

The Queen of Ieflaria by Effie Calvin is definitely in my wheelhouse: casual fantasy setting, quick read, adorable same-sex romance. Very PG, but still I liked it for much the same reasons I liked Lady of Thornes: the romance felt natural. The characters felt real. The premise is simple: Princess Esofi of Rho Diane has […]

How To Break A Closed Heart: Seanan McGuire’s “Every Heart a Doorway”

This isn’t a book review of Seanan McGuire’s beautiful book Every Heart a Doorway. I can’t do the book justice. You’ll just have to read it. You have to. The book is about Eleanor West’s Home For Wayward Children, a school for children whose parents are at their wits’ ends, because their children seem irredeemably […]

Review: David Weber’s “Safehold” Series (through Book 9)

tl;dr: It’s David Weber. FTWLTSOT,TITSOTTL1 I finally slogged through the entirety of David Weber’s Safehold series. "Slogged" is exactly the right word. These books are doorstops bar none. I vaguely guess there’s somewhere between 3 million and 3½ mililon words total in these nine books, most of them clocking in somewhere between 700 and 850 […]

Good writers explain. Great writers tell stories.

This weekend, I attended Norwescon, an SF convention held every year in the Seattle area, and in the dealer’s room, there were both general booksellers and individual tables for small presses. At random, I picked up Mira Grant’s Rise. For some teachers, putting on the Kevlar gloves and strapping their service pistol to their waist […]

I oughta be a Sad Puppy…

I ought to be a Sad Puppy. No, I’m not a supporter of snot-nosed Vox Day’s ridiculous and stupid campaign to overwrite the will of Hugo voters. I’m not going to say that he and his ilk deserve anything othen than public opprobrium in the face of their self-serving and malign campaign to deprive the […]

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