The Witch’s Crow

Crows gathered by the hundreds, sitting in the trees, on the roof of the small cottage, scattered among the out-buildings. Shoulder-to-shoulder, they sat silently, watching the human woman digging a hole in her garden. A small bundle wrapped in a … Continue reading

A New Year, A New…well not really much Hope.

Look, it’s not that I’m a pessimist. I am, in fact, an inveterate optimist. But I’m also a historian (somewhat). I really hope I’m wrong about what the next several years hold, based on the complete garbage fire that has … Continue reading

Humor and Writing

Mur Lafferty (author of the hilariously awesome The Shambling Guide to New York City) hosts a writing podcast I enjoy, called I Should Be Writing. A month or so ago, she interviewed one of my favorite authors, Gail Carriger, in ISBW Episode … Continue reading

When a Favorite Author Lets You Down

We (Readers) all have favorite authors, those people who wrote the books which speak to our soul or draw us in until we couldn’t put the book down even if our hair was on fire, or simply kept us entertained … Continue reading

“Seeing a Large Cat” Re-Read

(I’m going to tell you who the murderer is. If you don’t already know, or don’t want to know, don’t keep reading.) Book 9 of the Amelia Peabody series, Seeing a Large Cat introduces several new stylistic and narrative choices. … Continue reading

“Curtsies & Conspiracies”

(I haven’t finished The Hippopotamus Pool yet, so here’s another book I read this past month instead.) Curtsies & Conspiracies is the second book in Gail Carriger’s YA Finishing School series. I’ve been waiting eagerly to read this one, and … Continue reading

“The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms”

I’ve been wanting to read some N.K. Jemisin fiction for a while, having heard that she wrote excellent fantasy with lots of diversity. I was finally able to get my hands on a copy of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, her … Continue reading

“Flight Behavior”

Barbara Kingsolver’s latest novel, Flight Behavior, is as excellent as all her other works. I first heard about it some time ago when she did an interview about it on NPR (on Fresh Air I think, but I forget exactly). … Continue reading

“Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance”

*There will almost certainly be spoilers ahead, for multiple books. You have been warned.* Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance is the latest in Lois McMaster Bujold’s SF series The Vorkosigan Saga. Set after Diplomatic Immunity but apparently before Cryoburn (Count Aral is … Continue reading

Flash Fiction Challenge: Choose Your Opening Line

Another piece written for Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction challenges. This one is simple: Choose a sentence from the options he posted here, and write a story with that as your opening line. I chose ‘I never trusted that statue in … Continue reading