Category Archives: favorites

My Lady Jane

Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows. My Lady Jane. New York: HarperCollins, 2016. Kindle ed. Rating: 4.75 out of 5 stacks of books brought along on the honeymoon So, this is my first foray into alternate historic fiction, and … Continue reading

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Picture Book Parade: Somewhere out there (really out there)

Today’s round of picture books comes from the land of out there… a land of whimsy and silliness, where bears look to “find themselves” in enchanted forests; where goons in tombs fish in black lagoons; where gnomes compete for the best beard style; babies … Continue reading

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The Whale Rider

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

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2016 year-end review

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

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“A living flood of night”

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

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Friendship to the Max!

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

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Seven Tears at High Tide

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

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Poisoned apples, twisted tales, and mer-lore

  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

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Symptoms Of Being Human

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

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Two recent books with transgender characters

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

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