History That Never Was

Home of Dawn Vogel: Writer, Historian, Geek

Music Recommendation: Korean Pop

| December 26, 2018

My current music obsession has surprised some folks, while other folks have just nodded knowingly. Jeremy got me completely hooked on Korean pop music. It’s become my go-to music for when I need to concentrate on a repetitive task but need some sort of music to keep me motivated. The fact that I can understand […]

Winter Reads: Kensei

| December 19, 2018

Teenage life plus being a superhero? That’s a tough break! But in Jeremy Zimmerman’s Kensei, the titular character deals with both (and more). She’s got to protect her city, navigate her first relationship, and figure out what’s going on with this weird gossip blog that’s disrupting her school. If you’re a fan of young adult books […]

Review of Terra! Tara! Terror!

| December 12, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this one for Terra! Tara! Terror!, a wide-ranging anthology of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories! In addition to new stories from authors, the book includes a couple of reprinted pieces. To my delight, one of them was “Annabel Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe, and the book also […]

Winter Reads: Eye for an Eye

| December 5, 2018

If you like your heroics tempered with a dash of moral ambiguity, Eye for an Eye by Erik Scott de Bie will be right up your alley. Featuring Cobalt City’s best known superhero, Stardust, alongside the morally gray Lady Vengeance, this novel doles out plenty of witty dialogue between the two leads, as well as plenty […]

Winter Reads: Cobalt City: Ties That Bind

| November 28, 2018

If your interests in books range toward women protagonists tackling issues that are relevant in today’s world, but with a bit of superheroics thrown into the mix, you should definitely check out Cobalt City: Ties That Bind by Nathan Crowder. This book features long-time Cobalt City superhero Velvet, in a team-up with a newer arrival to […]

Winter Reads: Rites & Desires

| November 21, 2018

Do you prefer your leading ladies both wicked and lovable (even if they wouldn’t call themselves lovable)? You might just adore Rites & Desires by Amanda Cherry. Set in the Cobalt City Universe, this book is the first in that universe to feature a villain as the protagonist, and Ruby Killingsworth is the best kind of […]

Winter Reads: Battling in All Her Finery

| November 14, 2018

Have you checked out Battling in All Her Finery yet? I’m super proud of this book as one of the editors, but also as a reader who loves stories about women leaders! The anthology includes 21 stories along those lines, ranging through fantasy, science fiction, and alternate history. The stories are meant to appeal to all […]

Review of Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow by Jennifer Lee Rossman

| November 7, 2018

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. This week, I’m reviewing a fun book that mashes up science fiction and superheroes and chosen family: Jack Jetstark’s Intergalactic Freakshow by Jennifer Lee Rossman. If you loved Firefly, Heroes, or Guardians of the Galaxy, you’ll enjoy this book! And you can read my full review here!

Review of Bones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves

| October 24, 2018

I used to be a big fan of Supernatural, but over time, I got tired of the same old same old that the show revolves around. If you’re like me, you owe it to yourself to check out Bones and Bourbon by Dorian Graves, for a pair of supernaturally inclined brothers with family issues and more. I’ve […]

Review of Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield

| October 17, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal today. This week, it’s Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield, a novella of time travel, steampunk, and science fiction. It’s a very quick read, but enjoyable all the way through! This book comes out on November 6th, but you can preorder it now!