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[A book is] a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles.

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October is National Book Club Month

There's a day, a week, a month for everything. October happens to be National Book Club Month, or Group Reading Month. While I've always enjoyed reading as a strictly solo activity (I've only just joined Good Reads in the last couple of months at my boss's encouragement), expanding it to be a social event can... Continue Reading →

Review: Her Body and Other Parties

Macabre, erotic, twisted, haunting, skin-crawling, timely, darkly comedic, elegant. I devoured these feminist fairytale horror stories over the course of the week during Dr. Christine Blasey-Ford's testimony before Congress about the sexual assault she [allegedly] sustained at the hands of Brett Kavanaugh. I can't decide if that was the best possible timing for reading these... Continue Reading →

Review: Dread Nation

Imagine if the Battle of Gettysburg had ended in a different kind of bloodshed. Imagine if, instead of North versus South, the defining battle of the Civil War generation was the living versus the dead.The Imagine if emancipated slaves were "freed," only to be forced into an indentured servitude of killing zombies. Imagine if the... Continue Reading →

Review: The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead's Pulitzer-winning The Underground Railroad will sit with me for a long time. I'm not sure what my expectations were before digging in, but the result exceeded whatever they had been. This is a work of historical fiction -- more accurately, alt-historical fiction -- with a light dose of magical realism. Whitehead animates the... Continue Reading →

Review: The Last Place You Look

Did I ACTUALLY find a mystery series I like? I think so! Roxane Weary is a great protagonist in this fast-paced suspense procedural. Some of her is a cliche (detective with a drinking problem, relationship/attachment issues thanks to a Daddy backstory) but most of it's forgivable since she's a compulsively readable character. You'll root for... Continue Reading →

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