What to do with Landline: How to classify genre benders

What to do with Landline: How to classify genre benders

It’s Sci-Fi Month, courtesy of Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow! If you want to get involved, you can check out the details here. Today I wanted to discuss a recent book I read that blurs the line between contemporary and sci-fi: Landline by Rainbow Rowell. To me, Rainbow Rowell is a fantastic writer. She really excels at dialogue and building very interesting characters. I recently saw Rowell on a panel during NerdCon, and she talked a little bit about how a lot of herself is in her stories, which may be why they feel so realistic. That, and the majority (Carry On now excluded) are contemporary works of fiction. Landline toes the line though: its major conceit is a landline phone that allows the main character to speak with her husband from the past. Admittedly, Landline isn’t my favorite story of Rowell’s. It might be my least, though I… Read more »

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Sci-Fi Month Review: The Body Electric

Sci-Fi Month Review: The Body Electric

It’s Sci-Fi Month, courtesy of Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow! If you want to get involved, you can check out the details here. Today I’m reviewing The Body Electric. I was attracted to The Body Electric because altered memories is one of my favorite tropes. One of my longest running (and favorite) WIPs is about a future society with ever increasing mind control and a protagonist with hidden memories. This book was sort of homework for me in a way, because I really wanted to see how the lost memories were handled. It was also my first Beth Revis story, though I know she is pretty well known in the YA world for her Across the Universe series. There was so much to enjoy in The Body Electric. Right off the bat, we are introduced to a unique setting: a rebuilt Malta. I loved that the book didn’t take… Read more »

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Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2015

Monthly Wrap-Up: October 2015

  I’m a little late in posting this recap, and whoa my goodness, I can’t seem to finish a book for the life of me! As you will see below, October was a slow reading month, punctuated by the fact that one of the three books I read was a re-read. To be honest, I was spending a whole lot of time reading fantastic fanfic that I completely blew off my pile of shiny books. Whoops! I went to a fun event called NerdCon: Stories, which was held for the first-time ever and in Minneapolis! I was so pumped to not have to travel far to see authors talk about books. I also volunteered at the event and got my ticket reimbursed, so that was well worth it. I got to see Jacqueline Carey, Rainbow Rowell, Patrick Rothfuss, Maggie Stiefvater, Stephanie Perkins, and many other authors. I didn’t end up… Read more »

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Sci-Fi Month Review: The Martian

Sci-Fi Month Review: The Martian

It’s Sci-Fi Month, courtesy of Rinn Reads and Over the Effing Rainbow! If you want to get involved, you can check out the details here. Today I’m reviewing The Martian, which is probably my favorite Sci-Fi read of 2015. When I hear hard science fiction, it terrifies me. Mostly because I don’t think I can handle all the technical details that comes with hard sci-fi and it’ll prove I’m not as smart as I think I am. :P So imagine my surprise when I could not put down The Martian, a book basically written as a love letter to engineering and problem solving. From the first sentence I was engaged in the story. What’s the first sentence you ask? ‘I’m pretty much fucked.” What makes The Martian work so well is the humor. Mark Watney is hilarious, and surprisingly optimistic for being stranded on Mars. Without such a likeable character… Read more »

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It’s NaNovember! Let’s get to writing!

It’s NaNovember! Let’s get to writing!

  I am half agony, half hope. NaNoWriMo is quite the treat. I spent last November simultaneously pulling out my hair and giggling with joy. It kills me to write so quickly with no room to edit, but I feel so hopeful about having something, anything, down on paper. It made me feel like I could be a for-serious writer if I put my mind to it. SO LET’S DO IT AGAIN! What is really exciting about NaNo this year is that my fair co-blogger Ashley is participating too! I’ve been pressuring her for a while now, and I am so glad she’ll be as insane pumped as I am writing a novel in 30 days. Here’s what we have cooking: Anne’s NaNo novel: The Natural Order of Elements I’m not very prepared for this, but I have had the idea of these characters in my head for some time so I figured why not play in… Read more »

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Beer & Book Exchange: October 2015

Beer & Book Exchange: October 2015

Ashley lives in New York, Anne Minnesota. Each month we send each other one care package in the mail: a book plus a beer to match. The Beer & Book Exchange is a fun way for us to keep connecting over books (not that we need the help). Plus, who doesn’t love getting packages?! Ashley’s Beer & Book   Book: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Beer: Cygnus X-1 Porter | Flat Earth Brewing Co. Why Anne shipped it: I went a little crazy with this box! I wanted to do a really strong theme, and started with the book because the cover is pretty gorgeous and I know Ashley liked These Broken Stars. The Leeloo was somewhat unintentional — I bought her for myself, but when she came in the same box as the book, well she matched so well! And, I knew Ashley would love her. As for… Read more »

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Owl Crate Unboxed: Spooky October!

Owl Crate Unboxed: Spooky October!

I’ve tried a few subscription boxes over the years. For the longest time I was a Birchbox fan, and then I was sick of getting anti-aging samples and weirdly colored nail polish. (There was one that was a yellow tint that gave me smoker’s nails. wtf?) Next I tried Lootcrate, and that was cool for a while, until I realized I didn’t like half of the items I received. Since I’m not a DC fan, most of that stuff was lost on me, and I gave it away. It wasn’t that smart to buy something I ended up ditching. Now I’m trying Owl Crate. This is my first experience with a bookish subscription box, and I’m really pleased so far! Last month was leading ladies, and Ashley is planning to review. But, since I just received my October box and I CAN’T WAIT to show it off… This month’s box… Read more »

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TTT: Wishes we’d like the book genie to grant

TTT: Wishes we’d like the book genie to grant

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the top ten wishes we’d like a genie to grant. I WANT THIS GENIE NOW! Anne’s Picks: 1. Give me a magical bookshelf, that provides me with any book I wish to read and turns all my existing ebooks into hard copies! 2. Present me with Hermione’s time turner so I can read alllllll day. (I guess I repeated Ashley’s — who drafted hers first!) 3. Make it so every child can read. Every person really, because this is important! 4. Offer up the money to start my own publishing house. That would be bomb. I would love to publish other people’s books all day. :) My own too, of course. 5. Give me the ability to write… Read more »

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TTT: Author combos I would love to see

TTT: Author combos I would love to see

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish where people who love lists and books can share their favorites based on a certain topic each week. This week’s topic is the author combos I’d like to see happen. I can count the amount of dual-authored books I have read on one hand. I’ve never really thought of the idea before, but I came up with a couple pairings I would not mind.   1. Jacqueline Carey and Juliet Marillier I have no idea what this story would be like, but without a doubt it would be the best thing ever written.   2. Laini Taylor and Rachel Hartman The only way to improve on the world of Daughter of Smoke and Bone is DRAGONS!   3. Rainbow Rowell and Leila Sales My favorite YA contemporary peoples. Their styles are somewhat different (Rowell uses sooo much snappy dialogue),… Read more »

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BEA Book Review: Black Widow: Forever Red

BEA Book Review: Black Widow: Forever Red

Sigh. I had high hopes for this one. After all the line at BEA was excruciatingly long and people could hardly contain their excitement. I admit, I was one of those people. Who wouldn’t want to read a novel dedicated to Black Widow? She’s a very interesting character, and a bada$$ Avenger. Alas, I was still disappointed. First things first. This novel isn’t really about Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow. She’s present, but not the main character. It’s really about Ava Orlova – a fellow Russian test subject escapee. I didn’t really know this going into the novel, so for roughly 50 pages I was like when are we going to talk about Natasha? Ava was saved by Natasha in an attempt to end the crazed Ivan Somodorov, her brutal teacher at the Red Room. She’s then put into protective S.H.I.E.L.D. custody, until she decides to break out and make it on… Read more »

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