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Comic Review: Princeless vol. 2

| July 8, 2020

I read the first volume of Princeless a while ago, but I didn’t wind up reviewing it. So as a quick recap, Princeless is the story of Princess Adrienne, whose parents have locked her in a tower (as they’ve done with her many other sisters) to keep her “safe”. She escapes, and her family thinks she’s been […]

Comic Review: The New Brighton Archeological Society, Book 1

| July 1, 2020

We picked up The New Brighton Archeological Society, book 1 because a) it had an airship on the cover, b) cute kids having adventures, and c) archaeology (which I insist upon spelling with the extra “a”, even if the book does not). It primarily came through on points a and b, with not much archaeology to […]

Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Late June Edition

| June 24, 2020

Reading: I’m working my way through my stacks of graphic novels. In addition to things I plan to review here, I’m also progressing through The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel, and Doctor Aphra. A lot of these graphic novels have been stacked up for a long time, and it’s a good feeling to watch that stack shrink! Watching: […]

Comic Review: Air vol. 1

| June 17, 2020

I’ve had a little time to start dipping back into my unread graphic novels stacks (yes, plural), so I’ll be reviewing a handful of them here on my blog. The first one I tackled was Air volume 1, which is written by G. Willow Wilson (perhaps better known for her Ms. Marvel run, which I love). […]

Review of Weird Dream Society edited by Julie C. Day

| June 10, 2020

Weird Dream Society: An Anthology of the Possible and Unsubstantiated in Support of RAICES (Reckoning Press, 2020), edited by Julie C. Day, is an anthology of weird speculative fiction stories that run the gamut from unbelievably surreal to quite believable. The twenty-three stories range in length and scope, but they come together to form a […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Early June 2020

| June 3, 2020

Reading: Books to review, though I will run out of those I’ve promised to review soon, and then I get to start pulling all those books from my TBR pile, some of which may have been there for … a while. Watching: We watched “Knives Out” recently, which was a fun movie. And we’ve been […]

Things I’m Looking Forward to in July

| May 27, 2020

It looks like we may be spending a lot of time at home this summer, without the big summer movie blockbusters that we’re used to. But there are still three major media things coming in July that I am super excited about. On July 3rd, Hamilton will be on Disney+. It’s the original Broadway cast, filmed. […]

Review of The Kiminee Dream by Laura McHale Holland

| May 20, 2020

The Kiminee Dream by Laura McHale Holland (WORDforest, 2020) is a surreal and beautiful slipstream novel about the inhabitants of a very unusual small town in Illinois. The novel primarily follows the story of Carly Mae from her birth (a momentous occasion for the town) through her early teen years. Along the way, she exhibits […]

Reading, Watching, and Listening To, May 2020

| May 13, 2020

Reading: Books to review, for the most part, plus a bunch of history articles and books for my Unfixed Timelines II essays. Watching: We recently watched the first episode of the new Penny Dreadful run, and while it’s very unlike the original Penny Dreadful series, I’m really enjoying it for the history and the visuals. At one point […]

Review of The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones

| April 29, 2020

The Witches of St. Petersburg by Imogen Edwards-Jones (Harper Paperbacks, 2019) is a beautifully crafted novel of historical fiction, holding closely to actual historical events while concocting a more fantastical explanation behind some of them. Set during the reign of Russian Tsar Nicholas, the story revolves around two Montenegrin princesses, Militza and Stana, who have […]