Series Review: Finishing School, by Gail Carriger

Finishing School by Gail Carriger YA Fantasy/Steampunk Published 2013-2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Etiquette and Espionage Curtsies and Conspiracies Waistcoats and Weaponry Manners and Mutiny When discussions of YA Fantasy arise, talk of tropes and clichés invariably follows. While many readers believe that the mere inclusion of a trope indicates a lack … Continue reading Series Review: Finishing School, by Gail Carriger

I Want to Start Reading Adult Fantasy, But Where Do I Start?

At a recent meeting of my book club, one of my friends told us about how a guy friend was teaching her how to play Dungeons and Dragons and had suggested that she read Robert Jordan's Eye of the World, the first installment of the Wheel of Time series. I refrained from rolling my eyes … Continue reading I Want to Start Reading Adult Fantasy, But Where Do I Start?

Book Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree

The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon Fantasy 848 pages Published February 26, 2019, by Bloomsbury Press If a book's opening epigraph takes a quote from the biblical Book of Revelation, what follows had best be epic. In her first standalone fantasy novel, best-selling author Samantha Shannon takes a stab at creating something … Continue reading Book Review: The Priory of the Orange Tree

Book Review: Reading Through the Night

Reading Through the Night by Jane Tompkins Memoir 248 pages University of Virginia Press Jane Tompkins was a respected professor of literature and award-winning author until she developed a debilitating chronic illness that sapped her energy, leaving her unable to travel, work, or even-- on her bad days-- write. With little choice but to stay … Continue reading Book Review: Reading Through the Night