Category: bookish

#SummerReads 2015 #1: “Arab on Radar” by Angele Ellis

#SummerReads 2015 #1: “Arab on Radar” by Angele Ellis

This summer, my goal is to read ten poetry collections. Click on the summerreading2015 tag to chart my progress I found Arab on Radar by Angele Ellis by accident. I was looking for a new novel (can’t remember which one, now), and this collection came up in my search. It sounded interesting, so I checked...

Masturbatory metafiction in Jack of Fables

Masturbatory metafiction in Jack of Fables

Over the summer I learned that consuming too much metafiction, as with chocolate, wine, margaritas, cheese, berries of any kind, coffee, tea, cake, cookies, candy or anything else delicious and edible, can lead to headaches, indigestion and temporary loss of taste for that food. I’m not saying Jack of Fables is a bad series. In...

Summer reading 2015

Summer reading 2015

I keep saying I want to read more poetry, and then I never do. So I’m making my summer reading goal to read ten poetry collections by the end of August. More specifically, I want to read poetry by people of color, women, and anyone writing from/about a culture that is different from the dominant...

#FridayReads: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

#FridayReads: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Mostly, I love Neil Gaiman. I always get that sense of a dark, deep mystery being solved when I read one of his books. He taps into the parts of our brains that live on mythology and stories, and mostly nails it. I read his comics first (Books of Magic and Sandman), so I’ll always...

Five plot points that ruin the story

Five plot points that ruin the story

I am guilty of judging books by their covers. If I see a book cover or dust jacket that’s visually appealing, I read the jacket copy. Sometimes I find something amazing. But there are certain plot conventions—cliches, really—that make me put the book back on the shelf no matter how pretty the cover is. Zombies/Zombie...