Thumbs up for An Almond for a Parrot by Wray Delaney. Historical Fiction/Fantasy/Erotica.
Sophisticated reason to read a book: I was intrigued by the title. But it turned out to be charming. Tully Truegood ends up as a courtesan accidentally (as one does), then in prison (quite intentionally). Here, she recounts events. A pleasing costume-drama confection. Light on the erotica, light on the romance, gently witty, very nice use of the heroine’s magical ability to turn ghosts manifest.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Mansfield Park by Jane Austen. Romance/Literature.
And then to the Austen that is the favorite of very few people indeed. I can see how this book goes down hard for a modern reader. If pious, careful Fanny were a contemporary woman, she would be a complete stick-in-the-mud. Here’s my advice for this one: treat it like science fiction.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Persuasion by Jane Austen. Romance/Literature.
I’ve had more than one Austen fan tell me their favorite was Persuasion, and I was in an easy-reading-classics kind of mood. I think this one might be my new favorite, too.
She hoped to be wise and reasonable in time; but alas! alas! she must confess to herself that she was not wise yet.
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Thumbs up for The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson. Fantasy.
If you’d said “Emma, you will stay up way too late riveted to this sword-and-sorcery (except actually science fiction) adventure/romance/tragedy about love, compassion and brotherhood told in a bizarre and somehow exquisite mishmash voice that bops around from sentence to sentence between fairytale, elegant classicism, and (inexplicably but gorgeously) African-American vernacular”…I would have shrugged and sighed because weirder things have happened.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Daughter of Mystery and The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones. Fantasy/romance.
It is safe to say that historical fantasy lesbian romance is not my genre. So why did I read these? Because the author said something intelligent (I don’t even remember what, now) in response to one of my tweets. Empires are built on less, my friends.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for Fluency by Jennifer Foehner Wells. Science fiction.
A charming, quick-reading science fiction book (with a bit of tasteful romance) featuring a linguist who doesn’t really do any linguist-ing. Sigh.
He stiffened a bit, but didn’t open his eyes. “I know it’s okay. I’m just fucking tired of playing Princess Buttercup to your Wesley. Next time, I’m rescuing you, goddamn it.”
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Neither thumbs up nor thumbs down for Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. Historical romance.
I should know better than to read exceptionally popular books; nine times out of ten I feel like I’m not reading the same book as everyone else. So I’m probably going to offend a lot of people by not giving this book a glowing review. But what the hell; I can only speak from my own perspective.… >> Read more
Thumbs up for The Rosie Effect by Greg Simsion. Romance.
In Simsion’s first book, The Rosie Project, the “socially awkward” geneticist Don Tillman decides to find a wife based on scientifically valid principles. Suffice it to say, he gets Rosie instead. In The Rosie Effect, Rosie gets pregnant – without planning it first. (Cue the sound of Don’s brain exploding.) That’s just the first of many things to go very, very wrong; and watching Don trying to sort it all out is just as hilarious as it was in the first book.… >> Read more