“I bet you play chess,” she says.
I shake my head. “I quit in junior high.”
“You were good, though, right?”
“I don’t do anything I’m not good at.”
We stand there looking at each other over the carved-up benches. She’s wearing so much eyeliner that it’s starting to flake off in waxy pieces, like crayon.
“You didn’t quit,” she says finally. “You just found yourself a bigger board with ...
So spring in the Midwest is a little crazy for romance readers & writers, especially this year!
Last month was RT (the granddaddy of all romance readers’ conferences) which was in Las Vegas, though people attend from all over the globe. Then last weekend was the fun and wonderful Barbara Vey Reader Appreciation event in Milwaukee (though I couldn't make it this time). Next week is BEA, landing in Chicago this year, and the week after is one of ...
Last week, the finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards were announced, showing a serious vulnerability in the election process, one that allows for a unified block of fans to place a select group of works on the ballot. Much ink has been spilled over what the larger ramifications are for this, but it’s useful to note that this isn’t the first time that this has happened; it happened in 1987 with L. Ron Hubbard’s novel Black Genesis.
Lafayette Ronald Hubbard ...
Bookstore shelves are overflowing with lots of reading choices, but what is a curious reader to do? Here's a tip: use this handy guide to find your next speculative fiction read. This month's selection features a dystopian Egypt, cryogenically frozen humans, a woman who can assume anyone's physical appearance, a girl nobody remembers, and a pandemic of human spontaneous combustion.
Company Town by Madeline Ashby
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In a world where bioengineering runs rampant ...
BOOK REPORT for The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Cover Story: Haunting Homework
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 5
Talky Talk: Teetering on the Event Horizon
Bonus Factor: Dream Vacation
Relationship Status: In Need of Tutoring
Cover Story: Haunting Homework
That poor girl. What did she ever do to math to deserve to be haunted by equations in such a manner?
Margot “Gottie” Oppenheimer hasn’t felt herself in nearly a year, since her grandfather ...
New month, new books! Here are a few that I’m especially looking forward to:
If I Was Your Girl, by Meredith Russo
Gena/Finn, by Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson
As usual, I’m starting the list off with the books I’ve already read! If I Was Your Girl is a realistic contemporary about love and friendship and family starring a trans girl, written by a trans author. It was the first book I read this year—I fell in love ...
Just last week, I did a favor for a friend and watched his four-year-old daughter for a day. I’d forgotten how much work it is to be in charge of a preschooler. It’s also a true delight, but preschoolers certainly keep you on your toes—and also gently (or not so gently) nudge you to slow down and see the world in new ways. It probably goes without saying that I wanted to read her some picture books, and I found ...
Or, What to Read After Sleeping Giants
Last year, I went to San Diego Comic Con. SDCC is a mecca for the speculative fiction fan—major studios and distributors attend, pushing their new big movies and television shows of the year. Comic book creators, artists, and writers are also in abundance, selling and autographing their wares. And then…there are the book people. Book publishers don’t take up much space at SDCC; I’ve noticed over the years that the book publishing parts of the con are becoming increasingly smaller ...