Category Archives: Books

Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older: you’ll forget it’s fiction

I read Shadowshaper in one sitting, despite being on a crowded, noisy airplane with a seven year old chattering in my ear. Once I started reading this book, I could not stop. No matter how many interruptions, how many times I had to look away, I went right back to it. The world of Shadowshaper is so engrossing, it felt… Read more »

Sins of the Father: Superpowered YA Done Right

Multicultural and diverse literature has been such an amazing thing for our family. We’ve had to search for it, but we have found so many wonderful writers and artists from diverse backgrounds, telling stories that star all kinds of characters. Our lives are richer because of these folks’ hard work and talent. So when Diverse Book Tours was looking for… Read more »

Chicks Dig Comics: An excellent love letter

Comics is a passion I flirted with in junior high (Elfquest), got serious with in college (Sandman, Hellblazer, Strangers in Paradise, the Invisibles), and quite possibly married about two years ago when I read X-Men books for the first time. (Joss Whedon’s run on Astonishing X-Men, followed very closely by Grant Morrison’s run on New X-Men, and X-Men: Supernovas by… Read more »

Highly recommended: The Carpet Makers and Crescent

   November 8, 2008    Comments Off on Highly recommended: The Carpet Makers and Crescent

The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach might be only the second science fiction novel I’ve read that wasn’t originally written in English. It is amazingly rich, introducing character after character as the short chapters fly by. It is very, very different from any science fiction I’ve read before, which is saying a lot. Don’t read the whole review linked above,… Read more »

No Home Without Potter, Yes?

   November 17, 2003    Comments Off on No Home Without Potter, Yes?

Harry Potter book sales have hit 250,000,000. The current population of the United States, according to the Census Bureau, is 292,615,786. Given that three or four people outside the U.S. have bought books, I’m not sure the saturation is that great on this product. Would Bill Gates stand for it if at least 42 million people in this country didn’t… Read more »