The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

  My initial thoughts in starting The Thief were that Gen was a bit of a prick and I was not that altogether in love with the world, but something kept tugging at my curiosity.  There was something about the way this book was written, or perhaps Steve West’s excellent narration (I raved about his reading of Strange the Dreamer as well) that sucked me in. I have no idea how I devoured this book as quickly as I did.  There were many points early in the novel where I found myself bemoaning the constant mythology and the travelling.  And listen y’all – […]

Posted December 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Meet the Anthem of the Seas! (Bahamas Cruise 1/4)

Meet the Anthem of the Seas! (Bahamas Cruise 1/4)

There are a lot of different cruise ships out there on a lot of different cruise lines. Matt and I are by no means professional cruisers (but, full disclosure, full time cruising is my retirement plan) but we love being on board and have been testing out different ships as more and more cruise lines begin to said out of New York, Boston, and today… Bayonne, New Jersey! Our latest venture to the Bahamas was the first time I had personally cruised with Royal Caribbean.  I’ve done tours and reviews on a few other ships with other lines – the […]

Posted December 20, 2019 in Around the World, Real World // 2 Comments //
The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry

The Girls of Murder City: Fame, Lust, and the Beautiful Killers who Inspired Chicago by Douglas Perry

  First off.  In the extended title of this book, it says “who inspired Chicago”.  It literally took me half the book to realize “Chicago” meant Chicago, not Chicago.  The play, not the city.  Before that, I had thoughts about the way the story had been drawn out, and why there was so much time with the reporters and not just with the murderesses (I wanted more murderesses, dammit) and it’s a whole different perspective, to be honest.  In that light, The Girls of Murder City is fabulously done. I’m more an ancient history person, and years of reading traditional fantasy has […]

Posted December 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Ever by Gail Carson Levine

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

  This book was deliciously unexpected. I’ve had mixed experience with Gail Carson Levine – growing up, I remembered reading Ella Enchanted and disliking it (although an adult reread inspired me to reform my opinion) and as such, I didn’t really seek out her books the way may others did.  Somehow, I never put together that one of my childhood favorites – The Two Princesses of Bamarre – was also written by her.  So by all rights, Ever is a book I should have read many years ago, because I would have loved it. And as an adult, I did love it.  The writing […]

Posted December 16, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership Down by Richard Adams

  Watership Down is one of those books that was required reading in high school, and thus has a bit of stigma attached to it for that reason alone.  I’ve been thinking about rereading it for a time – for me, this was Freshman English in 2003, half my lifetime ago!  I didn’t remember much about it other than a lot of discussions about allegory and metaphors, and Richard Adam’s supposed conversations about politics and society within the rabbit communities. All that made me chuckle, because re-reading it, it opened with a note from Adams about how Watership Down came about, and […]

Posted December 13, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

  I had a lot of hopes for this book, especially with the way it started out.  I really liked the atmosphere at the beginning, and I remember feeling similarly about Anna Dressed in Blood at the beginning as well, but like her other novel, Antigoddess is a lot of conversation and cheesy love story, and less excellent aesthetics. The beginning, like I said, is great.  We start in a desert with Athena and Hermes, searching for Demeter.  We know that the gods are dying, each in their own way.  It’s creative and the atmosphere is spot on.  It’s slow moving, […]

Posted December 12, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //