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Review of Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo

| January 1, 2020

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is up now, this week for Carpe Glitter by Cat Rambo. This is a novelette, so it was a really quick read that I read in about an hour. But the title was awesome, and the plot sucked me right in, with a very realistic tale of dealing with the […]

Review of Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming by Jameson Currier

| December 4, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, for Why Didn’t Someone Warn You About Prince Charming? by Jameson Currier. It’s a collection of short stories with gay male protagonists, and it’s a really neat look at how one author has written variations on a common theme! You can check out my review here, or […]

My GeekGirlCon 2019 Haul

| November 20, 2019

GeekGirlCon was this past weekend, and while I didn’t bring home TOO much stuff, I did have a couple of awesome things I picked up! The fabric from Fireside Textiles is destined to become a young gamer’s first dice bag, picked out especially for them. They had so much other AMAZING fabric that I wanted, […]

Review of Into Bones Like Oil by Kaaron Warren

| November 13, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, for a surreal Gothic-styled novella called Into Bones Like Oil. This book reminded me about the best parts of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but geared toward adult readers rather than younger readers. The book just came out yesterday, so you can grab it right away! […]

Review of A Family Matter by Ox Aaronson

| October 23, 2019

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, for Ox Aaronson’s A Family Matter! It’s a sci-fi heist that reminds me a lot of the Scum and Villainy game we’re currently playing. It’s also got some similarities to the Oceans Eleven series and Firefly. You can check out my review or check out the book, which is out […]

Review of Triangulation: Dark Skies

| October 2, 2019

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal for Triangulation: Dark Skies, which came out earlier this year. It’s an anthology of stories about light pollution and the beauty of a dark sky, filled with stars. There are sci-fi, fantasy, and horror stories within the collection, just right for about any possible taste! If you’d like […]

My First K-Pop Concert!

| September 18, 2019

Last week was the culmination of my frantic watching everything by Pentagon I could get my eyeballs on in preparation for seeing them live. And it was definitely an experience. Jeremy and I both work downtown–my office is very near the theater they were playing–so we met up after work for dinner and drinks, then […]

Review of The Great Faerie Strike by Spencer Ellsworth

| September 11, 2019

I’d been wanting to read Spencer Ellsworth’s The Great Faerie Strike since I found out about it early this year, and I’m pleased to say it was worth the wait! If you like steampunk and humor, you’ll love this book, which is filled with just the right balance between silly and serious. You can read my […]

Review of Tales for the Camp Fire

| August 21, 2019

Tales for the Camp Fire is a charity anthology for the victims of the November 2018 fire that destroyed the town of Paradise, California. You can read my review of this horror collection at Mad Scientist Journal, or buy a copy online!

Review of Distaff

| August 14, 2019

I’ve just reviewed Distaff, which is a collection of nine sci-fi stories by women authors. You can check out my review at Mad Scientist Journal. It’s a nice quick read, too, which releases tomorrow at WorldCon. If you’re in Dublin, check it out there! If not, grab yourself a copy online!