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Witi Ihimaera. The Whale Rider. NZ ePenguin, 2008 (orig. 1987). Kindle ed. Rating: 5 out of 5 spears of destiny thrown across a thousand years. . . . . . I listed this one in my 2013 year-end review, but never got … Continue reading
It’s that time again! Peppermint mochas and gingerbread lattes, last-minute shopping and family reunions, and lists of this year’s highlights. As a general reading trend this year, I’ve been reading a lot more LGBTQIA literature, and I think it’s an awesome … Continue reading
Sarah Porter. Vassa in the Night. New York: Tor Books, 2016. Rating: 4 out of 5 lilac-nailed disembodied hands who would love to chop your head off. This was a good choice for Halloween, what with much of the story taking … Continue reading
Noelle Stevenson, et al. Lumberjanes. Los Angeles: Boom! Studios, 2014-present. Rating: 4.75 out of 5 punk rock mermaids Lately, I’ve been hooked on the Lumberjanes comics by Noelle Stevenson (of Nimona fame) et al. Boom! Studios calls it “Buffy the Vampire Slayer … Continue reading
C. B. Lee. Seven Tears at High Tide. Duet Books, 2015. Rating: 4 out of 5 servings of fried fish I learned about this one through Gay YA’s list of Asian Characters in LGBTQIA+ YA. It’s a gorgeous story about … Continue reading
Yep, it’s time for more re-worked fairy tale collections, including another Windling/Datlow book! Hey, I’ll keep reviewing them as long as I keep finding ’em 🙂 Christine Heppermann. Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. New York: Greenwillow Books, 2014. This … Continue reading
Jeff Garvin. Symptoms Of Being Human. New York: Balzer + Bray, 2016. Rating: 4.75 out of 5 lightsaber-blue eyes If only this book had come out earlier, or if I’d waited a bit longer, I could’ve added it to my … Continue reading
Alex Gino. George. New York: Scholastic, 2015. Rating: 5 out of 5 secret collections of girls’ magazines This is a fantastic book. George knows she’s really a girl, even though everyone else sees a boy, and she really wants to … Continue reading
I’ve been reading a lot of short stories lately, haven’t I? Most recently, I’ve been going through the anthologies of re-imagined folk and fairy tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling. These are my favorite stories: Ellen Datlow and Terri … Continue reading
Patricia Santos Marcantonio. Red Ridin’ In the Hood and Other Cuentos. Illus. Renato Alarcão. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2005. This collection was a neat idea by Marcantonio, who wrote it as an “answer to her childhood desire to see … Continue reading