When the Moon was Ours

This book was a recommendation, cited as one which was “like The Night Circus.”  And, honestly, that’s saying a lot – The Night Circus was friggin’ flippin’ effin’ amazing… But making that comparison, as I’ve now seen many do, also sets this book up for failure.  I imagined something with YA messages like, “It’s okay…

The Bear & the Nightingale

I loved this book!  I mean… you guys!  I loved this book!!!!! With the exception of the tales surrounding Baba Yaga, Russian folklore is pretty much a complete unknown to me, but The Bear and the Nightingale has definitely peaked my interest in Slavic folktales and traditions.  If you’re already familiar with the tale on…

Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

I can honestly say this is the first Resident Evil game that I’ve found to be worth playing since the travesty that was Operation Raccoon City.  In fact, Operation Racoon City tore me away from the franchise altogether; I never cared for the movies, but the games had always been fairly entertaining up until that…

Unmentionable

This book is hilarious.  Let’s just get that out of the way right out of the jump: hi.lar.i.ous. The author has taken on the mantle of a 21st-century tour guide, essentially plucking you, the reader, out from behind your computer or tablet or smart-phone and plopping you straight into a 19th-century bedroom, where you begin…

The Two Lovers

The legend of the Two Lovers as told by Daddoo: “A while after the Spanish came, a young man from a prominent local family fell in love with a girl from another village.  Their families opposed their marriage – his because she was too low a caste for them to be associated with and hers…

Unfinished… but Unforgotten

Le Mumz and Friend Ems are proud members of the TLDR club, and I think I should be able to make a new club that fits me.  It could be called the GBDF (Got-Bored, Didn’t-Finish) club.  Or the HAAW (Half-Assed All-the-Way) gang.  I love to knit, but for every project I complete there are half-a-dozen…

The Magicians (Magicians #1)

Quentin Coldwater is such an asshole. There.  I said it.  Got that off my chest.  Whew. Don’t get me wrong – I really enjoy the television series, which is loosely based on this trilogy (or possibly just based on the first book, I’m not sure since the TV series did jump a bit wildly across…

The Fempire Strikes Back

Feminism has never been about getting a job for one woman. It’s about making life more fair for women everywhere. It’s not about a piece of the existing pie; there are too many of us for that. It’s about baking a new pie. ~ Gloria Steinem ~ Make no mistake, we are on the precipice…

Clean Slate

There’s in my mind a woman of innocence, unadorned but fair-featured and smelling of apples or grass.  She wears a utopian smock or shift, her hair is light brown and smooth, and she is kind and very clean without ostentation – but she has no imagination. And there’s a turbulent moon-ridden girl or old woman,…

Murder at Mistletoe Manor

Murder at Mistletoe Manor reminds me of an ugly Christmas sweater – it shows up right around the holidays and is so repulsive that you can’t help but mock it.  But this book sums up 2016 pretty well: if you managed to make it to the end, all you can do is laugh and shake…

He Wanted the Moon

This was a hard book for me to read and an equally difficult one for me to review.  There’s just nothing funny at all about the subject matter, so please excuse me if I refrain from my usual goofiness when it comes to this particular selection. He Wanted the Moon is the tragedy of a…

Kitty Lovey

I have been so crazy busy this year, with work and life and everything else, that I haven’t had much time for knitting.  The Manimal’s oldest and bestest friend (whom I refer to as Lil’ Fella, because he’s so much shorter than my tall, lanky manbeast) had a baby mid-November, and I finally had an…