Thumbs up for The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese. Science fiction.

Near-future science fiction mystery about a missing sheep and a TV starlet who believes someone wants to kill her. And that is where I must stop, because the plot is so blindingly complicated and contains so many reveals that literally everything after that point is spoilers. But I will tell you that it is enormous fun; droll and dialogue-driven, it’s like Robert B.… >> Read more

Thumbs down for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Young adult fantasy.

I am tempted, so very tempted, to go all teenage girl and write a review that consists of nothing but “It was ok I guess.” This book has much okay about it. The writing is okay, the characters are okay, the worldbuilding is okay, the plot was okay, the love triangle was okay.… >> Read more

Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for The Carter Family: Don’t Forget This Song by Frank M. Young, illustrated by David Lasky. Biography/music.

I met the illustrator at a dinner party. I adore his work. However, unless you are truly interested in the Carter Family (which you might be, who knows, but I am not) you can probably skip this. Instead, check out the amazing stuff on Lasky’s Flickr page and then maybe hit up his Etsy shop.… >> Read more

Thumbs up for Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini. Psychology.

Okay, to be honest, this book did little for me, but that is not a flaw with the book. Influence is, rightfully, a basic touchpoint of pop psychology. The word “basic” is the problem: I had an atypical upbringing, and was well-educated in the art of psychological manipulation before I learned my seven-times table.… >> Read more