hello hi happy new year nice to see you i’ve been away i hope you are well

Oh faithful gorillas! I wish I could have been there for you the last year. I write about books daily on Book Punks, but personal essays, published online, are just not possible right now. But you still visit. You still come, by the dozens, to this site, every single day. When I see that I […]

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The Year in Books 2014: A Long List and a Book Lover’s Blog Hop

It is time!  My favorite time of the year.  Ie the unveiling of my Year in Books.  As usual, I invite everybody to link up to their own year’s book posts using the linky below.  And to tell me if they’ve noticed anything on the list that they’ve especially loved or hated.  All links go […]

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since i spend most of my time these days thinking about books

Who was that person who said, at the beginning of this year, that she wouldn’t buy any new books until she’d cleared off at least 50 books from the old to-read shelf?  It couldn’t have been me because that hasn’t happened at all.  In fact, obsessive list-maker than I am (at least when it comes […]

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the year in books 2013 and a book-lover blog hop

FURTHER NOTES FROM THE FUTURE: I am not sure if people are still having problems seeing the newest posts, but just in case, I’ll be posting links to them all here so that no one misses a thing. Posts you might have missed: If you can see this post you’ve won a prize/Kitchen photos Oh […]

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what i’m reading right this second

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit hole, and that means comfort. –The Hobbit, […]

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the traveler by john twelve hawks

He knew that newspapers and television announcers reported on a certain level of reality. What was happening to him was on another level, like a parallel universe. All around him, different societies were growing larger or being destroyed, forming new traditions or breaking the rules while citizens pretended that the faces shown on television were […]

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wherein china mieville makes me sad and neil gaiman makes me happy (wfc 2013 part 6)

China Mieville. His name on the program was the reason I had initially decided to attend World Fantasy. Then his name disappeared from the program. Had it all been a cruelly realistic dream? A dream that had resulted in tickets purchased and charges to my credit card? At the airport at 5 am I scrolled […]

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people i wish i had met at world fantasy, and people i’m very glad i did (wfc 2013 part 5)

I noticed her on the first day because of her t-shirt.  I didn’t get a very good look at it, but in passing thought I saw the word feminism.  Was there something about Marx on there as well?  My people?  Likely.  But panels happened, readings happened, and I didn’t get the chance to say hello.  […]

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wherein i find a place to rest my head and all is well in the land of eternal darkness (wfc 2013 part 4)

Just tuning in?  Catch up on my World Fantasy Convention saga with Part One (Scott Lynch!  Elizabeth Bear!  Trains!  Twitter!), Part Two (S.M. Stirling!  Missed connections!  Anxiety!  Rain!), and Part Three (Patrick Rothfuss!  Feminism in Fantasy writing!  Hope!). The way I saw it, I had several options: staying up all night drinking at the bar […]

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wherein patrick rothfuss is witty and charming and epic (wfc 2013 part 3)

Waterstones.  The name has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?  I had imagined a small, intimate indie book store like so many others I had seen in Brighton both online and off since that morning.  Well, now you have proof that I am not British.  If I was, I would have known that Waterstones […]

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