Well, this is a lovely and moving tribute to a much-loved writer who’s passed away. Among the obituaries for the much-loved Irish novelist Maeve Binchy, few omitted to mention that she was childless. Once, that was the norm for successful women writers. These days, when even lesbian authors such as the Poet Laureate Carol Ann […]...read more
Come on, Peter Jackson. You’re the guy who condensed a thousand-plus-page epic into three briskly-paced films, and now you’re stretching The freakin’ HOBBIT into three movies? Blahblah Erebor blahblah Dol Guldur blahblah Necromancer. Dude. The Hobbit is a simple story, a kids’ story, really. Three hundred pages. If you want complex, make a film of […]...read more
This thread is open for discussion of Part III of Catching FIre and for the entirety of Mockingjay. Why? Because I hated Mockingjay but am sure there are some of you who didn’t and would like to discuss it. Ready, go.
Next up: We’re done with the Hunger Games trilogy. Any suggestions for future reads? Preferences for wait times before launching into the next book (if at all)? It’s summertime, which means a) plenty of opportunities to crack a book, unless b) you have grownup responsibilities, which so frequently multiply during the summer, which isn’t fair. Your suggestions in comments....read more
Tanner Colby has written a fascinating history of segregation/integration in America, which looks at how and why the racial integration process has utterly failed. He travels across the country to look at four key social pillars: schools, housing, the church, and the advertising industry. What he finds is that black people and white people in America are living parallel but separate lives — and that the white side of things retains a hold on power, money and influence. I will be writing a full review very soon, but in the meantime, you should pick it up....read more
On the list of psychological dangers presented by poorly written romance novels (e.g., the fetishization of virginity, the romanticization of abusive stalker vampires), the portrayal of the actual devirginification process itself doesn’t necessarily hover right at the top. But as a writer and a pedant, good God do I get cheesed off by anatomical inaccuracy. And while I’m not aware of scores of young women having penetrative sex for the first time and saying, “Whoa, whoa, whoa–that is not how it was in Fifty Shades of Grey!” (although they may well be out there), I feel the record should be set straight....read more
Next up: Next Saturday, June 30 (for real, this time), we’re going to finish up the book with Part III, chapters 19-27....read more
Urban Fantasy — the bringing of the fantastic (vampires, werewolves, magic, fae and so much more) to a modern, real world setting — has become ever more popular as a mainstream genre. From Twilight to True Blood to The Vampire Diaries, it is now firmly entrenched on our televisions. The books regularly reach the best seller lists – this isn’t a fringe genre. It’s here, it’s huge and it’s here to stay....read more
Next up: If you’re up for it, next Saturday, June 30, we’re going to take on Part II, chapters 10-18....read more
The end! It’s the end! The book is over. Sigh. Ready, go.
Next up: If anyone’s up for Catching Fire, I am. I’m going to take a week off and set the first discussion for the week after next, Saturday, June 9, with Part I, chapters 1-9....read more
Next up: Next Saturday, June 2, we’re going to finish the book with chapters 19-27. If you feel like taking on Catching Fire next, start getting ready for that....read more
Looking at Urban Fantasy we see a lot of vampires. A lot of vampires. Sparkly vampires, sexy vampires, daylight walking vampires, sexy vampires, magic vampires, sexy vampires, viking vampires, sex vampires – did we mention sexy vampires? Yes, lots and lots of sexy vampires....read more
Next up: Next Saturday, May 19, we’re going to take out Section 2 with chapters 10-18. It’s more reading than we’ve been doing, so if you feel like it’s a bit much, let me know....read more