A big announcement – my newest novel, Cold Sandwiches and All, is now available!
To say the least: YAY! I’ve been working on this book for….a long, long time. But now it’s done and I feel that it was worth the effort, because I really think it’s quite fun. Think The West Wing meets classic screwball romantic comedies plus pianos and magic.… >> Read more
I get the best story ideas when I have to solve a problem. In this case, the problem was: I need the motto of the House of Autransi, and right away. And that suggested a story. Because when does a royal house come up with its motto? Well:
When her mother and her uncle had decided to take over the world, they’d changed their family name to Autransi.
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A little update for 2017! I now have a shiny new Patreon page! Patreon is a website that allows you to make a small monthly donation to support an artist or writer like myself. If you enjoy my writing—either my fiction or book reviews—would you please consider supporting me on Patreon? I don’t expect to get rich off writing (though, let’s get real, I wouldn’t say no to it, haha!) but more than anything, I’d love to cover my costs and time.… >> Read more
To make a long story short, the bit of code that made my book reviews magically appear in your inboxes broke some time ago, and I only just recently (a) figured that out and even more recently (b) figured out how to fix it. I think. I hope. Well, this is where we find out. If this message works, I will continue onward with the backlog of reviews, because there were some really fantastic books in there and frankly I’d be a little sad if I never got a chance to talk to you guys about them.… >> Read more
Neutral rating for The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. Historical fiction.
You know the story. It did have some moments. Overall, rather tedious. I’m glad I read Connecticut Yankee first or I never would have gone on with the Twain.
Our friends threaded their way slowly through the throngs upon the bridge. This structure, which had stood for six hundred years, and had been a noisy and populous thoroughfare all that time, was a curious affair, for a closely packed rank of stores and shops, with family quarters overhead, stretched along both sides of it, from one bank of the river to the other.
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Thumbs up for Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari. Sociology.
The title accurately represents the topic. I did enjoy reading this book overall, but it fell flat for me personally because, as a sociology book written by a humorist, it wasn’t that funny (not Mary Roach-funny), and I was already familiar with a lot of the research presented. Two things I learned: Tinder is more sensible than it seems; and we should probably, as a society, take another look at the assumption of monogamy, because smart people should question the validity of any rule that is practiced more in the breach than the observance.… >> Read more
Neutral rating for Rat Queens Volume 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe, illustrated by Roc Upchurch. Fantasy/graphic novel.
Ironic comedy based on sword and sorcery tropes. Unfortunately it’s not ironic enough to be funny so it’s just a bunch of sword and sorcery tropes.… >> Read more