#T5W Rewind: Auto-Buy SFF Authors

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Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! Wow, haven’t done one of these in a while. But I liked this topic, and this month’s T5W theme is rewind. Where we all go back to topics we didn’t get to touch on the first time. Perfect excuse to talk about the SFF authors that I always buy first thing.

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April 2018 Reading Wrap-Up

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Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado (My Rating: 5/5) This short story collection was incredible. It pulled me right out of my reading slump, which is kind of a miracle. It’s heavily feminist with lots of LGBTQIA+ characters and themes. I was definitely a fan. In particular, I loved “Especially Heinous” for just what an insane trip it was. Also, “The Resident” for its Shirley-Jackson-esque elements. And “The Husband Stitch”, which took on urban legends from a feminist point of view.

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Recently Read Wrap-Up

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Since I’ve fallen off of doing regular wrap-ups, let’s go ahead and talk about what little I’ve read to catch up.

Paperbacks from Hell by Grady Hendrix (My Rating: 5/5) This is a non-fiction book chronicling the horror paperback boom that began in the late 70s and went on until it imploded in on itself in the 90s. I’m a big fan of horror, as you all have probably been able to tell based on what I cover in my blog, so this exhaustive researching of forgotten paperbacks was right up my street. I adored this. There’s enough fact to make me feel like I’m learning a lot, but also a ton of humor that makes this a quick, fun read. Even if you’re not fascinated by this time in publishing history, this book is a blast. Please check it out.

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Series Review: Highlander Graphic Novels

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I’ve been a fan of Highlander for some years now. Twenty-two years to be exact. For the sake of full transparency, I’ve always been more of a fan of the first film and Connor MacLeod’s story arc than the show and Duncan. Definitely no dislike of the show involved, and I did watch it when it aired, but the need for more story for Connor is more of what I was invested in here. Luckily it’s mainly what the comics gave, so you’ll find I was pretty satisfied with the graphic novels overall. Let’s examine them one by one.

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Top 10 Reads of 2017

Without any pomp and circumstance, here are my top 10 books of 2017.

10. Universal Harvester by John Darnielle. This one was early in the year, and it hit me with intense force. Darnielle has a way of getting to the heart of a matter and leaving me stunned at what he reveals about people in the process, and this book was no exception. I look forward to seeing what he does next as he’s such a literary powerhouse.

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November 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

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Everything Is Teeth by Evie Wyld (My Rating: 3/5) This is a graphic novel (no surprise there, as I’ve been reading a ton of them lately) that serves as a memoir for part of Wyld’s childhood. She has an obsession with sharks that is born of a fearful respect for them. There are tidbits about her brother having some difficulties, about her relationship with her father, and so on. But it’s all so amorphous and flimsy with the focus being laser-sighted on sharks that it doesn’t come together like I’d hoped. I wanted the shark metaphor to feel stronger. It’s there, but it doesn’t make the story rise to the greatness I wanted of it. More it makes it stagnate. I can appreciate that the style was meant to be poetic, but it didn’t really work for me overall.

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October 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

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Where have I been? I know. I kind of disappeared when promising I wouldn’t. And I still don’t quite know what I want to do with this blog in the future. I do know that I love doing wrap-ups and sharing my thoughts about what I read through the month, so that at least will keep going. With that said, let’s get started.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King (My Rating: 5/5) I did a separate review of this one, because my thoughts were too extensive to sum up in a couple paragraphs. Rest assured I loved it, but if you want to know why, check out that link.

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Review: Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King and Owen King

For the last five years, I’ve thought King’s work was fine. Just fine. Nothing spectacular. I was beginning to think I was no longer the fan I used to be. Maybe I was getting tired of his work. It didn’t help that he spent a large part of those five years writing a trilogy of crime novels, and I just… don’t care about crime novels. I’ve tried to care, because I’m a King fan. But even loving his work, I still didn’t care all that much. I needed him to get back to the things that made me love him in the first place. I needed a novel that felt like classic King.

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September 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

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The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (My Rating: 5/5) What do you even say after you’ve gone on a journey like this one? It was a spectacular finale. It revealed a ton of backstory that illuminates the reason this world has become the way it has. It was sincere and emotional with its character arcs. The use of magic and action was stunning, and it makes me more excited to see how they’ll capture it in a possible television series. I have that numb feeling you get when something you’re obsessed with absolutely overloaded you with feelings and information. I know I’ll be thinking about this one for some time to come. Turning it over in my mind, considering new angles, and writing fan fiction in my head about the next steps for this world.

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Announcement: Why I’m Not Posting So Much

Hello, anyone who might be reading this for whatever reason. I haven’t been very consistent lately. There are reasons. For about two months, I had a pain in my jaw which was finally diagnosed as a huge cavity that had gotten beneath a filling in one of my backmost molars. It was infected and making me pretty miserable. So on that front, I was having trouble keeping up. I tried to have posts scheduled ahead of time, but I was pretty worn out, and it was hard.

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