Category Archives: Books

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Book Marketing and Artificial Popularity

I try not to do this and I know I do it more than I should, but I’m gonna talk about books I haven’t read. That’s right, it’s Shade time. Have you ever picked up a book that was super popular and tried to read it and found out that it was just awful? I’m […]

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Memoirs and Life

I read this Memoir, The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer, not too long ago. I loved it and I found myself emotionally attached to many of the people she’d written about. Well, one of those people had Cancer. Even in the book, she talked about the treatments and the worry. I even knew from […]

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Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

I’ve said before that I’ll be doing Book Reviews but I’ve also decided I’d only do Book Reviews of books I really liked. Frankenstein was not even close, To The Lighthouse was ok and might be brought up with a feminist post later but it wasn’t a recommendation really. The Martian, though, was amazing. Summary: […]

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Trashy Romance and Ballet

In the last few weeks, I have lost myself in a library of trashy Avengers fanfiction (I know, I need Jesus). I’m not talking digging through every piece of Science Bros fiction on AO3. I don’t have a ship, I have an armada. I’ll ship Loki with Tony, Bruce/Hulk, Steve, Darcy, and any and all […]

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Typographic Art in Storytelling

Concrete Poetry – A form of poetry where the typographical layout and placement is important to the meaning. While the term may be coined in the 1950s, Concrete Poetry goes back as far as Greek Alexandria. In 2001, I read House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski, which uses elements of Concrete Poetry to add […]

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Hypocrites and Problematic Faves

I’m a bad feminist. I care about women’s issues and I do notice sexist crap, but I’m much more likely to shake my head and roll my eyes if I like everything else about the person/movie/game/etc being sexist. I won’t deny myself time with someone I enjoy based solely on their problematic views on equality, […]

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The Art of Asking – A Review

When I was in high school, Coin Operated Boy was one of my favorite songs. I don’t know how it happened, but I somehow only listened to the Dresden Dolls for a short time before they disappeared into the ether of music I’d forgotten I loved. Years later, I see a bunch of mess on […]

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Why YA is So Important

Last week, Jonathan Franzen’s latest interview hit the internet like a shit tornado. He dropped shade on basically anyone who didn’t write high end literary fiction, specifically YA fiction, as well as the lower class who apparently can’t afford the “luxury” of moral complexity. This is pretty typical elitist bullshit that we hear a lot, […]

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Reading Dickens

I’ve recently finished up Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, and I’ve had more than one person ask me how I’ve managed it. Some readers will be confused by that kind of question, but I can see how people who don’t read classic British literature could have a hard time. Dickens is one of those authors […]

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Bloodsucking Fiends – A Review

Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore Bloodsucking Fiends is a story of love, vampires, and late-night turkey bowlers. And I almost missed out on all of that. One of my good friends, whom I know to have good taste in books, had been trying to convince me to read this book. I’d been resisting because my […]

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