Category Archives: Fiction

Charlotte Sometimes

There are certain kinds of kids’ books I love. I don’t necessarily seek them out, but I love them nearly every time I read them. Time travel books, boarding school books, ballet books, books about (sometimes orphan) siblings, books about … Continue reading

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Hild

The exciting thing about a person like Saint Hilda of Whitby is that we know so little about her, so there’s lot of room for a historical fiction writer to simply make stuff up, which is exactly what Nicola Griffith … Continue reading

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Parable of the Talents

I was so engrossed in the earlier book of this pair by Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, that I waited only a couple of months to get the sequel. I’m happy to say that Parable of the Talents is … Continue reading

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A God in Ruins

Like Teresa, I am a big fan of Kate Atkinson’s work. In 2016, I read Life After Life, and just fell into it: the fugue of Ursula’s repeated lives, returning and returning as she went along the same pathway with … Continue reading

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Gabi: A Girl in Pieces

Less than a month before school starts again. Ugh. It’s not like I don’t want to go back to school (because I do), but I also want to lie around and do nothing for a little bit longer. Eat some … Continue reading

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The Wolf Border

Last year, I read the tough, striking, near-future dystopia The Carhullan Army by Sarah Hall. I was so impressed, both by her prose and by her tightly-woven ideas, that I wanted to read more by her as soon as I … Continue reading

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Wintersmith/I Shall Wear Midnight

Back in 2014, I read the first two Tiffany Aching books by Terry Pratchett. Although the plot of the first book was a little hard to follow, I loved Tiffany herself, but it took me a long while to get … Continue reading

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The Shining (film)

You all know by now that Teresa and I are both big Stephen King fans, and The Shining is one of his best novels. But to be honest, with a couple of exceptions (The Shawshank Redemption) movie adaptations of King’s … Continue reading

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The Quickening

Michelle Hoover’s debut novel, The Quickening, is about two women with little in common, forced together by the isolation of their hardscrabble rural lives in the Midwest in the early part of the 20th century. Enidina (she goes by Eddie) … Continue reading

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Barnaby Rudge

Before I start my review, you guys, THIS IS MY LAST DICKENS NOVEL! I have now read all of Dickens (if by “all of Dickens” you mean “not his short stories, novellas, newspaper pieces, plays, travelogues, histories, or Edwin Drood.”) … Continue reading

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