Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

I wanted so so much to like Bright Smoke, Cold Fire with the same fiery passion as I liked Crimson Bound.  Unfortunately, it didn’t quite work out for me. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire has the feeling of a book that wants to do too many things.  There are two POVs in this one – Runajo and Paris, and both are trying to accomplish the same thing – save the city.  In one POV, we learn about the inside of the religious order of the city – in the other, the reader experiences the correct underground.  Either view could have been interesting enough in […]

Posted August 15, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Tandem by Anna Jarzab

Tandem by Anna Jarzab

I always get sucked in by books promising a fabulous multi-verse.  It’s a really complicated theory for a book, where there’s a limited amount of space and a lot of explaining to do.  I feel pretty confident in saying that from the scientific, worldbuilding POV, Tandem is the best YA multi-verse I’ve ever read.  It’s such a complicated subject to get across and explanations need to justify suspension of disbelief, not just ask for it.  I think Anna Jarzab did a really good job in that respect. Unfortunately, because of the immensity of worldbuilding required – not just one, but two, and […]

Posted August 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Collaboration: A July Scribbler Unboxing! (SPOILERS!)

Collaboration: A July Scribbler Unboxing! (SPOILERS!)

Good morning beautiful monsters! It’s been a long time since I subscribed to Scribbler.  I really love the writerly bits they send out, but the books themselves are hit or miss with me.  They’re not bad books, but the last few boxes have not my genre, generally speaking.  That said, sometimes they have a topic that really piques my interest, and July’s topic, “Collaboration” was one of them. This month’s Scribbler box is all about working with another writer in the development of the novel.  I’ve never really understood how that traditionally works.  The first novel I wrote was a collaboration… […]

Posted August 13, 2019 in Unboxings // 2 Comments //
Book vs. Movie:  Girl, Interrupted

Book vs. Movie: Girl, Interrupted

I imagine that translating Girl, Interrupted from a series of personal essays to a full length feature film was a bit complicated.  The tone of the film would have to get Susanna Kaysen’s voice right, play proper respect to the topic, and the aesthetics of the era.  I’ve always liked Winona Ryder, and I saw the film ages before reading the book.  But I’ve also never read and watched them in close succession.  So let’s see how it does! So immediately I’m seeing detail inconsistencies.  In the beginning of the movie, Winona Ryder gives a short monologue about her condition, saying […]

Posted August 12, 2019 in Bookish Things // 3 Comments //
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Okay okay.  To dispel the elephant in the room first thing – I don’t necessarily agree with everything Caitlin Moran says.  Also, I think that labeling this as a “feminist manifesto” does both a great disservice to the book as a memoir, and to feminism.  Caitlin Moran is a feminist.  But this is a memoir filled with personal opinions and anecdotes.  It’s not her telling people how to be a feminist, at least not in my opinion.  It’s more like… her outlining her life using feminist themes to organize her life stories and personal opinions. While I’m not sure if Caitlin Moran […]

Posted August 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

Nerve by Jeanne Ryan

I added Nerve to my TBR when I first heard about the movie.  A YA Thriller?  These are pretty rare, especially when they’re done well, so count me in.  While I am the actual worst about seeing movies and haven’t seen the adaptation yet, everything I’ve read says that the book and film are two very different animals.  Having seen the trailer and now read the book, that seems very accurate.  It gives me hope for the movie. There were some definite issues with Nerve.  One of the things I’m trying to do in judging main characters is to step back and remind myself: just […]

Posted August 10, 2019 in Reviews // 3 Comments //