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Jo Stanley: Bold in Her Breeches: Women Pirates Across the Ages

07 Jan 2013 · No Comments

A history of female pirates faces formidable challenges: career criminals tends to be systematically sensationalized and mythologized, pirates were overwhelmingly from a socio-economic class virtually ignored by traditional historians, and the doings — or even presence — of women is likewise ignored by many historical sources. A handful of female pirates left a verifiable history [...]

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Tags: b-title · c-author · history · m-author · s-author · w-author

Diablo Cody: Candy Girl

03 Nov 2012 · No Comments

Before Cody became the screenwriter of films like Juno, Young Adult, and the woefully under-appreciated Jennifer’s Body, she spent a year stripping (with a little side exploration into phonesex and some other non-hooker sexwork). Her unflinching memoir displays the same sort of acerbic wit her characters wield. She satisfies my long-standing morbid curiosity about the [...]

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Tags: autobiography · c-author

Victoria Connelly: A Weekend with Mr. Darcy

02 Jun 2012 · No Comments

Connelly has come up with a clever new tactic for reaching the surprisingly healthy market for Jane Austen-related fiction: instead of a working with Austen’s characters directly, or even in a Regency setting, she’s penned a modern day romance about Austen-obsessed characters. Connelly’s own love for Austen shines through, and there’s enough solid detail to [...]

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Tags: c-author · romance · w-title

Lee Carroll: Black Swan Rising

26 Apr 2012 · No Comments

I found myself dawdling as I got near the end of Black Swan Rising, because I didn’t want to reach the end.
The broad strokes of Garet James’ story follow a familiar template (make allies/learn skills/face a rising evil) but the details feel surprisingly fresh. The husband-and-wife authorial team (Carol Goodman/Lee Slonimksy) offer a take on [...]

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Tags: b-title · c-author · fantasy

Barbara Comyns: Who Was Changed and Who Was Dead

03 Apr 2012 · No Comments

This is an odd, disquieting, and hard-to-pin down little novel. Comyns manages to make strengths of qualities that are often considered flaws. The tone varies substantially, sometimes within the span of a single page or less. A vein of mildly satirical comedy of manners runs through it, but it also encompasses an eerie streak not [...]

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Tags: c-author · fiction · w-title

Ernest Cline: Ready Player One

17 Mar 2012 · No Comments

In Ready Player One, an eccentric multi-billionaire’s will leaves a jackpot to whoever finds an easter egg hidden in his ubiquitous virtual reality environment. The primary hallmark of the multi-billionaire’s eccentricity was an obsession with 80’s geek culture, and so in Cline’s not-so-distant future, retro geek culture is perpetuated by fortune hunters looking for clues [...]

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Tags: c-author · r-title

Suzanne Collins: The Hunger Games

01 Mar 2012 · No Comments

I struggle with how useful it is for me to comment on popular works. A lot of people obviously love this book. I’m statistically quite unlikely to ever write anything as many people pay attention to, what gives me the right to judge it? But maybe it’s useful for me to explore whether this is [...]

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Tags: c-author · h-title · science fiction · young adult

Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List

09 Dec 2011 · 1 Comment

I absolutely adored Cohn and Levithan’s Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, a young adult romance partly set in The Strand, with a hefty epistolary component and a dash of screwball comedy.
I didn’t enjoy Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List nearly as much, partly due to mismatched expectations. This was a rare case where I [...]

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Tags: c-author · i-author · n-title · young adult

Dave Clark : The Knucklebook

20 Aug 2011 · No Comments

Dave Clark’s The Knucklebook was listed in the bibliography of the Tim Wakefield bio Knuckler and I knew immediately that I had to read it.
It’s a marvelous little book, providing a brief, but insightful look at baseball’s oddest pitch from a variety of perspectives: how to throw it, how to hit it, how to [...]

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Tags: baseball · c-author · k-title

Gail Carriger : Soulless

03 Aug 2011 · 1 Comment

Soulless is set in a fantasy alternate Victorian era, with vampires and werewolves alongside airships and mysterious brass apparati. It deftly mashes the modern urban fantasy/paranormal romance into the Regency-style historical romance, adds a hefty dollop of whodunnit, and seasons it with steampunk atmosphere and a tiny dash of xenophobic horror.
I liked it [...]

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Tags: c-author · fantasy · historical · mystery · romance · s-title