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The Lost Gate (Mither Mages, #1)
Oh Orson Scott Card, your issues with sex are visible from SPACE.
Sep 14, 2012
Sep 14, 2012
Survivor lies tangential to the rest of the Patternist books, which I recently read in internal chronological order. When you tease them back into pub ...more
Nov 02, 2010
Oct 31, 2010
Story Physics: Harnessing the Underlying Forces of Storytelling
I think "story physics" is a potentially useful metaphor that is barely explored in this book at all, which is disappointing. There is plenty of repet ...more
Nov 09, 2013
Nov 09, 2013
Hegel in 90 Minutes
If you hate Hegel, you will like this book.

If you are indifferent to Hegel, but like things that are funny, you will like this book.

If you love Hegel,
Jan 25, 2011
Jan 25, 2011
Thor/Iron Man: God Complex
A reliable system for generating four-issue miniseries:

1.) Choose two superheroes you want to have fight together.
2.) Identify their strongest points
May 23, 2012
May 24, 2012
Sweet Valley Confidential: Ten Years Later
This book is both hilarious and terrible: hilarible, shall we say. This is as it should be. It is meant to be a Sweet Valley book, after all, and if y ...more
Feb 20, 2012
Feb 20, 2012
Steam-Powered:  Lesbian Steampunk Stories
N. K. Jemisin's story "The Effluent Engines" is everything this collection says it wants to be: lesbian and steampunk and a pushback against the Victo ...more
Apr 15, 2012
May 01, 2012
Emiko Superstar
The fate of the Minx imprint is really a crying shame. For an all-too-brief moment, DC Comics was publishing these fantastic narratives about teenage ...more
Dec 22, 2010
Dec 20, 2010
This book really, really wants me to like it—it keeps telling me, over and over and over, that only girls like me, girls who read all the right (fanta ...more
Jan 2012
Sep 14, 2011
Civil War: X-Men Universe
Deadpool! I had less than zero expectations for Deadpool, but he turned out to be a breath of fresh air in the overwrought Civil War saga. His first-p ...more
May 30, 2012
May 30, 2012
Ghost World
Basically sort of actively unpleasant to read, in a way that makes me think I'm supposed to hate it so much I love it just to be contrary. However, be ...more
Sep 21, 2012
Sep 21, 2012
Daughters of Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century
I think the hybrid form of this anthology is genius.
Jul 18, 2013
Jul 18, 2013
Lancelot; or, The Knight of the Cart
Chrétien would be so chagrinned. Himself profoundly antipathetic towards adulterous love, he introduced the world to the most popular adulterous coupl ...more
Mar 18, 2012
Mar 07, 2012
Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.: With Iron Hands
Making Tony the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. was such a dumb idea. It really should have been the dumbest of the aftermath of Civil War, but then One More ...more
Aug 2012
Aug 02, 2012
Ultimate Hulk vs. Iron Man: Ultimate Human
The Hulk is sad. I deduce this from the fact that he has taken to hulk out in somber grays instead of his more usual jolly green hue, and the fact tha ...more
May 21, 2012
May 21, 2012
This is Chrétien's fix-it fic for the story of Tristan and Iseut, a story he loathes because he is so squicked by adultery. Cligès, like Tristan, fall ...more
Mar 05, 2012
Mar 03, 2012
Rhetorics of Fantasy
Decidedly mixed. I like Mendlesohn's proposed taxonomic schema (with one, rather significant, caveat, below), and her own rhetorics, often couched in ...more
Apr 17, 2012
Apr 16, 2012
Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells: An Anthology of Gaslamp Fantasy
Like all anthologies, this was difficult for me to rate because it was all over the map in terms of enjoyment for me.

Some standouts both good and bad:
Jun 21, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
A Wilder Rose
Considering that the central conflict of this book is Rose's battle with her mother over how the Little House books ought to be written, this book mak ...more
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 09, 2015
Planet of Exile (Hainish Cycle #2)
This is, realistically, how a Prime Directive might play out if it were seriously adhered to, over centuries and not 42 minute stretches. It was publi ...more
Feb 03, 2011
Jan 31, 2011
The Illustrated Egyptian Book of the Dead
This book is utterly useless as a translation. Every aspect of the texts is filtered through the author's bizarre crackpot neo-Egyptian religious beli ...more
Oct 28, 2014
Oct 28, 2014
Dangerous Women
As a point of order, I have actually thus far only read "The Princess and the Queen", because it's the closest thing to a new Song of Ice and Fire boo ...more
Dec 09, 2013
Dec 09, 2013
The Mysterious Code (Trixie Belden #7)
Oh man, it's the first ghost-written book and things start getting crazy!

- Even as a little kid, it was never clear to me what, exactly, the Sleepysid
Oct 06, 2013
Oct 06, 2013
Invisible Romans Prostitutes, outlaws, slaves, gladiators, ordinary men and women ... the Romans that history forgot
This is an enjoyable and readable book, although forced into a somewhat contorted shape by the author's choice to leave all texts produced by the Roma ...more
Jun 24, 2013
Jun 23, 2013
Farmer Boy (Little House, #3)
Revisited this book for the first time in a while, this time in audiobook format. It still makes me hungry for foods I have never eaten and/or would n ...more
Sep 04, 2011
Sep 06, 2011
Avengers Disassembled
This is so bad. Not as bad as Avengers Disassembled: Iron Man, perhaps, but really really bad nonetheless.

A bunch of different people and/or things at
Aug 07, 2012
Aug 07, 2012
Identity Crisis
This is, essentially, a murder mystery set in the DC universe (which is appropriate, I suppose, for DETECTIVE Comics). For reasons of continuity and s ...more
Jun 2012
Jun 07, 2012
Sonnets and Ballate of Guido Cavalcanti
Poor Guido Cavalcanti. First, his BFF Dante immortalizes him in a work of genius that will be studied and footnoted for centuries to come, but also ki ...more
Jun 30, 2011
Jun 30, 2011
The Happy Valley Mystery (Trixie Belden, #9)
-This was always one of my favorite Trixie books growing up. I am not surprised to learn that ghostwriter Nicolete Meredith Stack was originally an Io ...more
Oct 09, 2013
Oct 09, 2013
The Black Jacket Mystery (Trixie Belden, #8)
According to this article examining the Trixie Belden Authorship Question, the unknown ghostwriter who penned this particular volume never contributed ...more
Oct 08, 2013
Oct 08, 2013
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