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Mini-Comic Book Reviews on my Instagram!

| August 15, 2018

I’m taking a few weeks off from reviewing new books and digging deep into my TOWER of graphic novels that Jeremy has so patiently been curating for me. It’s threatening to overtake the hallway, so it’s high time for me to start working through it. (It was actually high time for me to start working […]

Review of Once Upon a Fact

| August 8, 2018

I’ve got another book review up this week at Mad Scientist Journal, for an anthology of futuristic fairy tales called Once Upon a Fact. If this sounds like the sort of thing you might enjoy, you can check out my review here!

Review of Mirror Bound by Rhiannon Held

| August 1, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal today! If you like urban fantasy, but you’re tired of the usual tropes, check out Rhiannon Held’s Mirror Bound. And you can read my review here!

Media Consumption

| July 11, 2018

When we’re not writing or working on Mad Scientist Journal, we’ve been watching a bunch of different stuff lately. Luke Cage (season 2) is shaping up to be just as amazing as the first season. If you haven’t started it yet, look forward to the scene with Misty and Colleen in the bar. I loved […]

Review of Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers

| June 27, 2018

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this time for Glass and Gardens: Solarpunk Summers. This is an anthology of solarpunk stories, defined by the publisher as “a type of optimistic science fiction that imagines a future founded on renewable energies.” If you like your science fiction positive and optimistic, this is a fantastic little collection […]

Music Recommendation: The Smithsfits

| June 20, 2018

One of my good friends posted a link on Facebook to a song the other day, and it basically made my head explode in the best possible way. Somehow, I hadn’t heard of the Smithsfits until then, despite them being a mashup of two of my favorite bands. Just imagine the jangly guitars of the […]

Review of As Told by Things

| June 13, 2018

My latest MSJ review is up today, this time for an anthology called As Told by Things! Much like it sounds, it’s a collection of stories from the perspective of inanimate objects, and it’s just as delightful as that sounds! You can read my review here!

Review of Transmigrations by Eddie Louise

| June 6, 2018

This week at Mad Scientist Journal, I’ve reviewed Transmigrations, the steampunk time travel adventures of Doctor Petronella Sage and Erasmus Savant (of the podcast Sage and Savant). It’s a little bit steampunk, a little bit mad science, a little bit espionage, and a little bit sci-fi! If you like any or all of these things, check […]

Review of An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor

| May 23, 2018

This week at Mad Scientist Journal, I reviewed a book that’s a little outside of my normal reading. An Aberrant Mind by Ken MacGregor is a collection of horror short stories, not for the faint of heart. The good news is that it didn’t give my nightmares! Some of the stories are more funny than scary, and […]

Review of Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

| May 9, 2018

I’ve finally written my review of Cat Valente’s latest book, Space Opera! You can find the review at Mad Scientist Journal. This book made me cry twice, but it’s wonderful and amazing. Probably my favorite line from the whole thing is “Life is beautiful and life is stupid,” because that so completely sums up basically everything. If […]