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Category Archives: satire
Back in March, sj tweeted to me about this new informal club that Becoming Cliché was starting: the From the Bowels of Obscurity Children’s Book Club [pause while we wait for our inner 12-year-olds to stop giggling at “bowels.” Hee!] … Continue reading
Guy Hasson. The Emoticon Generation. infinity plus, 2012. PDF review copy. Early in March, Andrea Johnson of the Little Red Reviewer asked if I’d like to participate in a blog tour for Guy Hasson’s The Emoticon Generation. I’ve never participated … Continue reading
Charles Kingsley. The Water Babies. London: Harper Press, 2011. So, there’s this kid named Tom. He’s a chimney sweep, and his boss is a jerk, and clearly not the best role model, so one day, while they’re sweeping some rich … Continue reading
Lisa Mantchev. Eyes Like Stars. New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2009. 356 pgs. I’m counting this in the Fantasy category of “Quest the second,” in the Once Upon a Time challenge. SETTING: The Théâtre Illuminata, where all the plays ever … Continue reading
Inspired by NPR’s latest “Three Books” article, “Try and Try Again: 3 Tales of Spectacular Failure,” here is my own list of three notable literary “failures” (or are they?). Stargirl, the title character of Jerry Spinelli’s YA novel. I can’t … Continue reading
The following reviews were originally posted in my deviantArt journal, and have been expanded. Castle Waiting, by Linda Medley. Fantagraphics Books, 2006. It’s a medley (get it?) of what Publisher’s Weekly calls “nouveau fairy tales” threaded into one long story that … Continue reading