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 […]
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
The minions of Castle Hangnail are in need of a new Master — your typical Wicked Witch, Mad Scientist or Loathsome Hag.
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
The historian explores an era of dizzying technological and artistic creativity, disillusionment and xenophobia between 1918 and 1938.
The author is both doubtful and hopeful, old enough to remember the way things used to work, young enough to appreciate technology.
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.
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.
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 […]
Melissa Febos reviews The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson today in Rumpus Books.
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 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 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.
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
The notion that the truth about combat cannot be described in a book goes back to the American Civil War, at least.
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
On Sunday, Cersei should have stuck to raven Skype.