Category Archives: Book Reviews

Next Time, Watch Out for Slime

The Long Utopia and The Long Cosmos, by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter – The last two books of what ended up becoming a five-book series, both published after Pratchett’s death, so I’m not sure how much input he actually … Continue reading

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Wight Supremacy

Gods Behaving Badly, by Marie Phillips – This book involves the Greek gods living in a single house in London with diminished powers. Sound familiar? Okay, I don’t know that I’ve read anything with that specific scenario, but I’ve come … Continue reading

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Coping with Totalitarianism

The Table of Less Valued Knights, by Marie Phillips – There have been many parodies of the King Arthur mythos, but this one covers some ground that I hadn’t seen before. It introduces another table at Camelot for the knights … Continue reading

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It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary

Beth and I spent much of New Year’s Eve watching Mary Poppins, which neither of us had seen in some time, and I’m making a point of rewatching (or in some cases watching for the first time) the Disney animated … Continue reading

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Unnatural Creations

Baba Yaga: The Wild Witch of the East in Russian Fairy Tales, translated by Sibelan Forrester – This volume collects a number of stories involving the infamous Russian witch, as well as some analysis of her character. It’s a bit … Continue reading

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Playing with the Queen of Hearts

Heartless, by Marissa Meyer – The author of the Lunar Chronicles turns her attention to the work of Lewis Carroll, presenting the back story of the infamous Queen of Hearts. The book explains why the Mad Hatter and March Hare … Continue reading

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A Performance with Merritt

The idea behind the Magnetic Fields’ 50 Song Memoir is that Stephin Merritt would write fifty songs, one for each year of his life. He’s actually fifty-one now, but these things take a while to coalesce. He’s premiering the songs … Continue reading

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