Tagged: books

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...

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...

#FridayReads: Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips

#FridayReads: Criminal by Brubaker and Phillips

Ever since his run on the revamped early 2000s Catwoman series, I have been in love with Ed Brubaker. After branching out into Fatale and Velvet, both of which I loved, I decided to go back and check out some of his earlier stuff. Unfortunately, the first volume of Criminal did not catch my fancy....

Why I hate books titled “The [Blank]’s Wife”

Why I hate books titled “The [Blank]’s Wife”

I have never read a single book with a title like The Time Traveler’s Wife or The Tiger’s Wife or The General’s Daughter, etc. (There’s a Goodreads list of all 65 books that use this awful, cliched convention.) Some of these are probably good. Maybe even feminist or subversive. But I can’t get past the...