Shelfie Check

I just finished Gideon the Ninth and a re-read of Slaughterhouse-Five. Both of which I highly recommend for different reasons. The Magazine of SF&F copy is a little misleading because it's really the current issue on my Kindle app that I'm reading through for review on my Patreon. I've read Whitman's Song of Myself several … Continue reading Shelfie Check

Book & Book

What would it be when you took the Dust of His Dark Materials and covered it in sin? That would be Dan Vyleta's┬áSmoke. Mr. Vyleta has written a Dickensian tale of class structure, ethical theology, and coming-of-age in the most naked and brutal of ways. What if every sinful thought and compulsion you had were … Continue reading Book & Book

Language as Lesson

In this Book & Book, two classics with an ambassador to a new world, whether by choice or force, demonstrate the lessons of language and their bearing on interpersonal power dynamics. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin sees an ambassador on the faraway planet of Winter where he must navigate shifgrethor … Continue reading Language as Lesson

Annihilation & Rosewater

Ever read a book and think, wow...this is super a lot like something else I've read, but also super different and they might be cousins or maybe it's more like the Fibonacci sequence in a sunflower and a seashell meeting in a constellation. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer This was my second time reading the book. … Continue reading Annihilation & Rosewater

Unboxing Montana Mouthful

Earlier this year, I entered Montana Mouthful Magazine's 406 flash contest. I won third place, and they sent me a check and a contributor's copy. I thought it would be fun to do a little unboxing video to celebrate! I'm thinking of making a series of videos related to the writer's life. Wouldn't that be … Continue reading Unboxing Montana Mouthful

Secret Ingredients – 11

I'm starting a new series on here about the books that influenced me growing up. These are the books that shaped my brain. Gave me my fears, values, and passions. The Julie Secret Ingredients! Well, we've slipped into the yellow part of the year. The light weakens, the flowers fade, and I come in from … Continue reading Secret Ingredients – 11

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms vs. The Goblin Emperor

You ever read a book and think...wow, this sounds a kinda familiar...like looking into two mirrors at once and watching your otherselves move? Sometimes, you think one of the mirror people is a shard different and you concentrate until you're dizzy to see if you can spot the difference. You get mesmerized by the way … Continue reading The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms vs. The Goblin Emperor