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My 2015 Armchair Audies Predictions

Every year I’ve hosted the Armchair Auides I’ve coveted the other judges who were able to take on more than one Audies category. They are my audiobook blogging superheros. I am proud to say that I’ve officially joined their ranks. Not only did I review the Literary Fiction category this year, I also reviewed the […]

The Lady Hellion by Joanna Shupe

There’s been a trend- not a huge overwhelming trend, but a noticeable one- of heroes in historicals to have some form of neuro-atypicality. Sometimes it’s OCD (The Duke’s Holiday) sometimes it’s dyslexia (Unveiled); sometimes it’s handled well and sometimes it’s cured by the love a good woman. Show More Summary

Kids and adults will love witty and witchy ‘Castle Hangnail'

The minions of Castle Hangnail are in need of a new Master — your typical Wicked Witch, Mad Scientist or Loathsome Hag.

Comics Panel: The magic is back in Jem, while lameness shines in Regrettable Superheroes

Released in its native French in four volume installments over the course of 2009 to 2014, Laura Zuccheri and Sylviane Corgiat’s The Swords Of Glass (Humanoids) has the hallmarks of a contemporary classic. Too often, European fantasy...Show More Summary

Books of The Times: Review: In Philipp Blom’s ‘Fracture,’ Careening Atoms in the Era Between the Wars

The historian explores an era of dizzying technological and artistic creativity, disillusionment and xenophobia between 1918 and 1938.

Books: Review: ‘The Digital Doctor’ by Robert Wachter Weighs Medicine’s Technological Transformation

The author is both doubtful and hopeful, old enough to remember the way things used to work, young enough to appreciate technology.

Daemon Days

You may have heard (via this site or elsewhere) that Harold Bloom has a new book out. In the Times Sunday Book Review, Cynthia Ozick gives her take, identifying the critic’s use of the phrase “without precedent” as key to understanding his theory. You could also read Matt Hanson on Bloom’s classic The Anatomy of Influence.

Yours Forever by Farrah Rochon

He’s an attorney who’s running for the senate – and who has family secrets he wants to keep hidden. She’s a historian whose research might reveal secrets that could cost him his senate seat. He has a butt that looks good in tight jeans. Show More Summary


Recommended Reading: The Rumpus interview with Mark Z. Danielewski.

No Se Habla

Back in March, I pointed readers to an interview with Minae Mizumura, whose recent book, The Fall of Language in the Age of English, makes a case against the dominance of the English language in the modern age. Now, at Full-Stop, Sho Spaeth reviews the book. Sample quote: “She has a curious blindness to what may be […]


Helen Vendler is one of those rare scholar-writers who doesn’t adhere to a particular school of theory. In her new book of essays, she explains her view of criticism as distinct from both philosophy and scholarship, as a form of learning that’s inherently “unsystematic and idiosyncratic.” In Open Letters Monthly, Jack Hanson reads through the […]

The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson

Melissa Febos reviews The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson today in Rumpus Books.

Reviewer Prejudice at The New York Times?

Janet Maslin at the Times just published her summer reading list and Gawker complains that all the authors are white. I've got another observation. Every book but two of the seventeen she chose comes from a major publishing house like Dutton, Viking, or Scribner. Show More Summary

Giveaway: Signed Hardcover Collection of Charley Davidson Series

Giveaway time! Darynda Jones would like to give away a signed hardcover collection – all eight books – of her Charley Davidson series. That’s an instant library, isn’t it? The series maintains 4+ star averages, and, as you might have...Show More Summary

Judy Blume’s ‘In the Unlikely Event’

Judy Blume’s first novel for adults in 17 years is about a ninth-grade Jewish girl and her New Jersey community in the aftermath of three plane crashes in the town.

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas

So I recently needed some Regency comfort food, and people have long been recommending the Wallflower Quartet by Lisa Kleypas to me. Because I’m all like YOU ARE NOT THE BOSS OF ME, I put them on my TBR list, but wasn’t in a big hurry to read them. Show More Summary

War Narratives #1: Truth and Fiction

The notion that the truth about combat cannot be described in a book goes back to the American Civil War, at least.

Book Review: Nick Offerman is at his best detailing modern-day Gumption

In chapter 11 of Gumption, Nick Offerman handily refutes the idea that Yoko Ono was responsible for the breakup of The Beatles. He also espouses her creativity as an artist, recounts the gallery exhibition at which John Lennon connected with her work, and delves into the cleverness of their peace efforts. Show More Summary

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