Review: Space Opera

Space Opera by Catherynne M. ValenteMy rating: 4 of 5 stars I have read one other book by the author, Deathless ,a fantasy set during the Russian Revolution. It is much darker than this one, which is a comedy. The premise is basically a galactic version of the Eurovision Song Contest: the Megagalatic Grand Prix,Continue reading “Review: Space Opera”

Review: Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World (repost from GoodReads, 2018)

Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World by Verlyn FliegerMy rating: 5 of 5 stars It would probably be ideal to read this right after reading The Silmarillion. I would have, if I had known about it at the time. I decided to read it now because I’ve started following Jeff LaSala’s The SilmarillionContinue reading “Review: Splintered Light: Logos and Language in Tolkien’s World (repost from GoodReads, 2018)”

Review: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction (repost from 2018)

The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction by Ursula K. Le GuinMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a book of essays, talks and introductions first published in 1979, and revised in 1989. “From Elfland to Poughkeepsie” is an essay on style in fantasy. She focuses on three writers: JRRContinue reading “Review: The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction (repost from 2018)”

Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (repost)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna ClarkeMy rating: 5 of 5 stars I think listening to the audio might have been confusing if I hadn’t read this before, since there are many footnotes and several of them are quite long. (I’ve read the print version twice). But I loved listening to this book. SimonContinue reading “Review: Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (repost)”

Review: The Lucky Strike

The Lucky Strike by Kim Stanley RobinsonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book includes the novella, “The Lucky Strike,” along with an essay and an interview. The novella is an alternate history story, in which Col. Tibbets, the pilot of the Enola Gay, crashes his plane and dies a few days before he’s supposedContinue reading “Review: The Lucky Strike”

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Closing Survey

1. How would you assess your reading overall? I read: House of Whispers Vol. 1: The Power Divided by Nalo Hopkinson, art by Dominike Stanton – 200 pgs (fantasy graphic novel) The Truro Bear and Other Adventures: Poems and Essays by Mary Oliver 80 pgsI already reviewed this last year. (I read this for last year’s April readathon!) The Disasters of War byContinue reading “Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Closing Survey”

Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Opening Survey

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Oregon, USA 2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? House of Whispers Vol. 1: The Power Divided, one of the Sandman Universe comics. 3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?  I am going to make rosemary focaccia!Continue reading “Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon: Opening Survey”

My Wyrd & Wonder 2020 TBR List: 5 Books

The third annual Wyrd & Wonder event, celebrating fantasy in May, is almost here! This is my second time participating. These are the books I plan to read & review. I might write a discussion post too, I haven’t decided yet… A Classic: Midnight’s Children I loved this when I read it years ago! I’m really lookingContinue reading “My Wyrd & Wonder 2020 TBR List: 5 Books”

Book Beginnings #17: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The weekly post goes up every Thursday and bloggers can add their links all week.  Synopsis: A century ago, the Sentience Wars tore the galaxy apart and nearly ended the entire concept of intelligent space-faring life. In the aftermath, a curious tradition was invented-something to cheer up everyone whoContinue reading “Book Beginnings #17: Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente”

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