February’s Quick Look

I didn’t read as many books this month, and the books I read were a bit disappointing. I did stumble over a lot of great articles, magnificent poetry, and if you need an audio alternative, I’ve got you covered.

A glimpse of my February mental space:


You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano
– This took a while longer to read than I had planned. You can read the full review here. It helped me learn to look at pop-culture more critically, and that we forget so much, so fast. This book was at its best for me when the author was teaching me history. 2/5

Frost & Fire by Roger Zelazny
– You can read my thoughts on Zelazny‘s Nine Princes in Amber and then see why I considered his writing might need a second look – a chance at redemption. My favorite part of this short story collection was his introduction and the craft bits scattered between the stories. You can read my disappointment here. 2/5

Sabriel by Garth Nix
– I put this one down at pg. 233, which is past the halfway point. I have lots of complaints about this one, but mainly I just didn’t care about the story. 2/5


Single Lines Looking Forward. Or One Monostitch Past 45 by francine j. harris
– This is a strange form, but it works superbly well for this moment in our collective time.

Pyramid Scheme by Hera Lindsay Bird
– Oh, the tears that rolled with this one. An unexpectedly powerful glimpse of love. I highly recommend taking the time to let the author read the poem to you.

Short Stories

Wild Ones by Vanessa Fogg
– As a mother whose children are at this stage, this story brought tears to my eyes.

The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djeli Clark
– Nine fantastical vignettes into a world that will make you want to read more.

Me, Waiting For Me, Hoping For Something More by Dee Warrick
– Weird, wonderful, and powerful.

Magazine Articles

Whatever happened to Brendan Fraser?
– An unexpected accounting of the man we forgot to miss.

Customer Satisfaction at the Push of a Button
– Fascinating glimpse at the data-gathering power of a simple concept.

The Shape of Dice Reflects Beliefs in Fate and Chance
– Quick look at how thinking differently can affect culture in an unusual way.

Podcast Episodes

The Skiffy & Fanty Show
– As of 2/22/18, there are 347 episodes of geekery awesomeness with fabulous authors. Need I say more? Go get your headphones on.

Okay, this isn’t a podcast, but I’m putting it here for audio-relatedness. You can listen to the magic of the Gothic-rambling-weird fantasy Titus Groan for FREE and Sting is one of the voice actors!

(featured image: Adiel Io)

If you haven’t seen Black Panther yet, click over right now and buy tickets. If you want to know how to write characters, plot, action, and emotion – go see this movie.

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