Two Books of Collective Heroism

The last two books I read had something in common. A group of flawed people each making personal, hard choices to change their society - whether that's a whole galaxy or just where they live. Alone, none of them were successful. It required a community effort. In Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone, Viv is … Continue reading Two Books of Collective Heroism

Two Book Benders

There have been several attempts at the What-If notion about characters coming out of books or readers popping in. And while I have only read a few of them, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is now my gold standard. The trick is that Parry manages to excel on three levels simultaneously. Character, Plot, and … Continue reading Two Book Benders

The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

This translated collection proves to me that poetry is the universal language. I fully expected these poems to feel distant, to be dry and esoteric, or perhaps quirky with their Buddhist lens and historical distance, but instead I found myself in tears. The truths in this work struck me hard. Weingast managed to preserve the … Continue reading The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

Round-Up of What’s What

I had trouble choosing one singular favorite book I read this year, but I wrote up a whole post about what I loved and recommend in case you need another excuse to fill your shelves with wonderful words! And, in my ongoing quest to be more intentional with my reading (and everything else, let's be … Continue reading Round-Up of What’s What

Shelfie Check – December

Last month, I had grand plans for working on the physical books. The Shelf. What I ended up doing was reading on my phone because of eyestrain. That's been great news for my Kindle app usage and my Libby account! eReads - (click on the title for my full review) The Broken Kingdoms by N. … Continue reading Shelfie Check – December

Book Review: Ctrl Alt Delete

Earlier in the year, PK interviewed Jennifer R. Donohue twice. Once for her self-pubbed debut, Run with the Hunted, and then for her her entry into SFWA. I'm excited to announce she's back (!!) for her charmed third appearance for the sequel, Run with the Hunted 2: Ctrl Alt Delete. With the sequel, Donohue’s voice … Continue reading Book Review: Ctrl Alt Delete

IndieBookmas!

The season is upon us. What to get that special someone? Books. Books. Books. More books. (That's an official jingle, right?) Luckily, Tui Snider has put together a list of books by indie authors and each author included who the target audience is for their work. So, find your loved one in the descriptions, and get … Continue reading IndieBookmas!

Shelfie Check – November

As evidenced by the barest of budges in this photo, I spent too much time playing Breath of the Wild in October. Plus, I do the short story reads for The 300 Story Project twice a week, so that takes up reading space and time. My lack of progress is all for a good cause! … Continue reading Shelfie Check – November

Language as Story Prompt

Do words have arcs the same way characters in stories do? Can you turn a mystery on a shibboleth? What if language was a weapon? A way to hold secrets or contain code? How does control of language enable colonialism and conquest? What does it mean to be suspicious of a language? Can you write … Continue reading Language as Story Prompt