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Book reviews I’ve written

Vicious (Villians #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab My rating: 5 of 5 stars This may be the angstiest book I’ve ever read, but for me, that’s a good thing. One of the characters says that there are no good guys in this story, … Continue reading

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Five Science Fiction Novels that Center on Bisexuality

I grew up thinking that everyone was bisexual. When I came out in the 1980s, I believed that all people were, in varying degrees of self-awareness, lying to themselves about being straight or gay. They just hadn’t met the right … Continue reading

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Death: An Oral History

Death: An Oral History by Casey Jarman My rating: 4 of 5 stars The spectrum of people who are interviewed in this book is impressive. They range from someone who’s researching composting humans to a former death row warden who … Continue reading

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Alondra’s Influences

When I was in high school, I read a book about a woman who was believed to be a witch but was actually just a misunderstood, transplanted girl from Barbados who ended up living with a Puritan family.  The book, … Continue reading

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How to celebrate an author’s birthday

Imagine you’re writing a book.  You labor over it alone in your room (or alone at a table in a cafe, as the case may be).  You show it to 2 or 3 people, but mostly it exists in your … Continue reading

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