The Diaries of Adam & Eve

The Diaries of Adam & Eve – “translated,” as the full title suggests, by the book’s author, Mark Twain – is not a religious text.  Twain’s own views on organized religion are a bit of a mystery; he is usually considered an atheist, and this book (technically two books, but I’ll refer to them as…

Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1)

I kind of just want to write two words for this review: Read.  This. Okay, three words: READ. THIS. NOW. I could honestly just leave it at that, and if you chose to follow my advice (which isn’t advice but a command – now expanded to four words: READ. THIS. NOW. DAMMIT.), you’d thank me…

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…

The Early Years

“What miserable drones and traitors have I nourished and brought up in my household, who let their lord be treated with such shameful contempt by a low-born cleric?” ~ Henry II ~ Or more commonly: “Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?”  There are many variants of this explosive utterance issued by King…

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,…