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What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Late March and Early April 2020

| April 1, 2020

Reading: I just finished The Sparrow in Hiding by J. Kathleen Cheney (review to come soon), and the next in my “stack” is The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones, so I’m just all about the fantastical Russian stories right now! Watching: We’re surprisingly not watching a whole bunch right now, largely driven by the fact […]

Video Recommendation: Penguins Visiting Other Animals

| March 25, 2020

I love penguins, and getting to watch them waddle around and visit other animals is a delightful distraction. The Nerdist has collected several videos of the Shedd Aquarium penguins visiting other animals now that the aquarium is closed to the public. Enjoy the distraction!  

Review of Chilling Effect by Valerie Valdez

| March 18, 2020

I’ve just published my final review for Mad Scientist Journal, for Valerie Valdez’s Chilling Effect, which was basically everything I’ve ever wanted in a novel. It’s hilarious, a lot like Firefly, and mashes up little bits of sci-fi pop culture into a wonderfully twisty story. Though this is my final review for Mad Scientist Journal, never fear! The […]

Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Mid-March 2020

| March 11, 2020

Reading: I’ve just finished editing a short story collection, which were all new stories to me, and I’m reading books to review. (And always looking for more editing work and review books!) Watching: The second season of Altered Carbon dropped at the end of February, so we’re working our way through that, and generally enjoying it. […]

Cool Game Kickstarter: Seance and Sensibility

| March 4, 2020

I’m a Jane Austen fan by proximity and osmosis (I’ve tried to read the books, but I had a difficult time with her writing style, but I really enjoy the movies and the general ideas), but this game, Seance and Sensibility, hits a number of the buttons that I like! It’s Jane Austen. It’s Powered by […]

Review of Power and Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts

| February 26, 2020

I’ve got another book review up at Mad Scientist Journal today, for Tansy Rayner Roberts’ Power and Majesty, which is the first book her her Creature Court series. I’m anxiously awaiting the chance to read the other books in this series (which unfortunately have to wait until I have some free time between review book reading), because […]

TV Show Recommendation: Riverdale

| February 12, 2020

We are, as per the usual, way behind on almost every show there is out there. But Jeremy recently watched the first episode of Riverdale and thought I might like it. He was, unsurprisingly, right. I’ve mentioned before that I didn’t come into comics through the superhero route. My first comics were Archie and Richie Rich. So seeing […]

Review of Key of Astrea by Nicholas Marson

| February 5, 2020

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal for The Key of Astrea by Nicholas Marson. It’s a young adult book that mashes up fantasy and sci-fi. I will note that I had some contents notes about this book, but those can be found in my review. If they don’t push you away, though, you can […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Late January 2020

| January 29, 2020

Reading: A book to review, and lots of flash fiction from a contest I’m participating in. Watching: Not much recently. Looking forward to Altered Carbon season 2 in February, though! Listening To: The usual slate of k-pop for fun and workouts, and ambient music for editing and writing. My favorite k-pop boy band, Monsta X, will […]

Movie Recommendation: Jupiter Ascending

| January 22, 2020

I’m only about five years behind, but I finally saw Jupiter Ascending, and I loved it. Yes, I’m fully aware that it’s ridiculous and what I like to call a “popcorn” movie. But it’s visually stunning, and I’m a sucker for those boots that worked like roller skates. I also appreciated that the movie did not […]