Books, I Read It First

I Read It First: Frankenstein

I'm glad this project finally gave me a kick in the pants to actually read Frankenstein, which is often hailed as one of the first-ever science fiction books. It's a grandmother of the genre, and for good reason: the ideas and moral implications that it grapples with are enormous, and it has a really nuanced and… Continue reading I Read It First: Frankenstein

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Books

Black Female Speculative Fiction Authors I Adore

On this blog I have talked a lot about how important I think it is to read books by women and people of color, especially if you are not a woman or a person of color. Yay for reading books that aren't meant for you! I have put a lot of effort into trying to… Continue reading Black Female Speculative Fiction Authors I Adore

Books, I Read It First

I Read It First: Home/the True Meaning of Smekday

Gosh, you guys. I really, really like this book. I think I might have a little bit of a crush on it? Is that a thing that can happen? Because I'm pretty sure that's what's happened. The Book: The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex Genre: middle-reader SciFi (alien invasion) First impressions: There are so many good things… Continue reading I Read It First: Home/the True Meaning of Smekday

Books, Musing, SciFi

Fictional Religions I’d Seriously Consider Joining

I am not a religious person. While I don't begrudge religious people the comfort they find in their faiths, in general I don't see much point in the whole concept of a higher power. Sure, it would be nice if there was someone big and powerful out there interested specifically in my personal well-being, but I'm incapable… Continue reading Fictional Religions I’d Seriously Consider Joining

Books, Reviews, SciFi

The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Apparently this is a book blog now, because a solid 50% of my posts these days are just book reviews. I've been reading a lot. Can you tell? Today the book is The Ground Beneath Her Feet by Salman Rushdie, an author whom my good friend Emily simply worships, but whom I have taken some time… Continue reading The Ground Beneath Her Feet

Books, Reviews

Zahrah the Windseeker

It's been a hot second since I've read a YA book (the last one was Piratica in April, and it was both terrible & not worth discussion). I like to use them as palate cleansers between more hefty books, not because I think YA is frivolous, but because the writing itself tends to be less dense and… Continue reading Zahrah the Windseeker

Books, Reviews, SciFi

The Children of Men – P.D. James

I'm always looking for book recommendations, particularly from people with whom I don't generally share reading preferences. A recommendation from a book friend might be much better tailored to my tastes, but a book recommendation from someone not familiar with my own preferences in reading tells me a lot more about them. Invariably, if someone… Continue reading The Children of Men – P.D. James