It’s movie and television award season, and once again I haven’t seen any of the front runners (unless The Last Jedi’s Oscar nom for Best Sound Editing counts). I did start watching Mudbound on Netflix a few weeks ago, but between this and that, haven’t finished it...yet. I will though, because (spoiler!) I have it … Continue reading Don’t miss these book-to-screen adaptations
Great world-building and interesting characters compensate for superficial emotional resonance in fantasy favorite A Darker Shade of Magic.
Here is a collection of my favorite Thorn-y tributes as well as some suggestions for savoring the book even after you’ve finished devouring it.
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Because you found my blog, I know you like to read (or you’re related to me). I’m guessing you might also harbor a longing to write, whether deep down in your secret longing place or out there in the open for all to see. I had such a longing, for a very long time, and … Continue reading Taking the Leap into the Writing Life
With The Language of Thorns, a collection of six fairy tales set in the fantasy Grishaverse of her previous novels, author Leigh Bardugo serves up a challenge to disrupt the tropes that stifle us with a deliciously decadent dose of gingerbread, wood smoke, and fox-fur coats.
I’m writing this post during the first winter storm in Southern California of 2018. We’re expecting two- to four-inches of rain over the next 48 hours. Here is where I would normally make a crack about the news coverage—“News alert! Winter Storm of 2018! Don’t drive anywhere!!”—but with the recent fires in the Santa Barbara … Continue reading My TBR List: Winter 2018
Not ready to leave Hiddensee? Check out this author interview, author illustration, and my favorite bookstagram.
Gregory Maguire of Wicked fame returns for another jaunt into fable backstory with Hiddensee: A Tale of the Once and Future Nutcracker.
From a miniature Christmas tree decorated with holiday mice to Nutcracker napkins and German wine, Hiddensee was the perfect inspiration for a holiday book club.