Book Review: Venetia by Georgette Heyer

I received a free copy of Penguin Random House UK Audio’s new audiobook recording of ‘Venetia’ by Georgette Heyer from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. So thank you NetGalley and Penguin!  ‘Venetia’ is the story of the 25 year old titular heroine who’s spent her whole life in seclusion on her family’s estate inContinue reading “Book Review: Venetia by Georgette Heyer”

Book Review: How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie

I received a free copy of the audiobook of ‘How to Kill Your Family’ from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so thank you NetGalley! Unfortunately, my request was granted on the day of publication, so it’s a little late. ‘How to Kill Your Family’ is less alarming than it sounds, but it’s stillContinue reading “Book Review: How to Kill Your Family by Bella Mackie”

That’s (Really) Not All, Folks!

A while ago, an article in The Sunday Times’ Culture magazine annoyed me so much I started a list. Said article claimed: “It’s time to appreciate [animation’s] wonders.” And then proceeded to list mainstream commercial hits by well-known studios. Of the 14 films recommended, for example, seven were Disney or Pixar. Of only three animeContinue reading “That’s (Really) Not All, Folks!”

Review: Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam

I was given a free copy of this book by Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. That was back in August. I finally finished Seven Devils at literally the eleventh hour on New Year’s Eve 2020. That kind of sums up my main issue with the book. I just didn’t enjoy it. IContinue reading “Review: Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam”

Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

In Other Lands is delightful. It’s a funny but heartwarming deconstruction of popular fantasy and Magic School stories and tropes, like Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia. It’s also bursting with witty banter, social commentary and memorable characters. Characters like Elliot, our protagonist and viewpoint character, who’s whisked away from his indifferent father andContinue reading “Review: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan”

Review: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker

This was an interesting one. The Dreamers is a 2019 novel by Karen Thompson Walker about a sleepy Californian college town suddenly beset by a mysterious and contagious sleeping sickness. The book follows various largely unconnected survivors and victims as the disease and panic spreads, while occasionally waxing poetic about the subjective nature of reality,Continue reading “Review: The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker”

Review: Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith

I’ve got to say, I love the myth of Iphis. It first appeared in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a compendium of myths about transformation. That’s also a fun read if you’re into Greco-Roman mythology, though some of the myths are grim. Iphis is one of the happy ones, though, a delightfully queer and upbeat story about aContinue reading “Review: Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith”

Review: The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey

I received a free kindle copy of The Trials of Koli from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, so thank you NetGalley! The Trials of Koli is the second book in M. R. Carey’s Rampart trilogy, a post-apocalyptic dystopian survival story. In The Book of Koli we met the title character and were introducedContinue reading “Review: The Trials of Koli by M. R. Carey”

Review: Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey

I really loved the concept (and title!) of Upright Women Wanted. It’s an LGBT Western set in a future post-apocalyptic and extremely oppressive and patriarchal version of America. Society seems to have regressed to a pioneer era level, complete with horses, shotguns and public hangings. Women are completely subservient to men and any kind ofContinue reading “Review: Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey”

Review: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood

I first read The Penelopiad years ago and I remember being impressed the first time around. It presented ideas that were new to me at the time, particularly about the double standards women have to suffer through in the modern day and in history and myth. It’s still thought provoking and I love Margaret Atwood’sContinue reading “Review: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood”