Book review: Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares

I have a new favorite author. Laini Taylor writes YA fantasy novels of unexpected magic, detailed characterization, romance, and adventure. Strange the Dreamer and its sequel, Muse of Nightmares, are her most recent, and I am hooked. If you like soaring, imaginative epics grounded in realistic, complex emotion, you will be too. In Strange the…Continue reading Book review: Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares

New Year reading resolutions

Russia’s in the news, the bogeyman (bogeycountry?) from my childhood, only then it was “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall” from a president staunchly opposed to Russian policies and interference (not that he was a peach, either). So here at the beginning of 2019, and after thoroughly enjoying Katherine Arden’s Russian-set The Bear and the Nightingale, I…Continue reading New Year reading resolutions

Book review: 3 grown-up fairytales

Just right for long, dark nights before the fire (real or electric), these three fairytales for adults kept me reading past my bedtime. Beautiful language, strange and mysterious happenings, and a sense of magic link The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, Melmoth by Sarah Perry, and Damsel by Elana K. Arnold. But be…Continue reading Book review: 3 grown-up fairytales

Revising a revision strategy, part 1: Scenes

I’m finally diving into revisions of the book I finished in May with a whole new revision strategy. That is, with a strategy at all. Usually I just start reworking everything all at once, from structure to punctuation, becoming pretty overwhelmed by my big mess. Well, early drafts are always a mess, but I’m feeling more in…Continue reading Revising a revision strategy, part 1: Scenes

Summer reading

During all our adventures this summer, I made time to read (or listen) to some good books, both kidlit and grownup. (One of the places we stayed had the PERFECT reading nook. Sigh. I miss that nook.) I came home with even more books, which I look forward to reading here at home (nook or…Continue reading Summer reading