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Any­body else using Live­Mocha? Espe­cial­ly to learn French? I just joined (as Tech­noMom, of course) and would like to have “friends” there. I start­ed with the begin­ner lev­el, les­son one, and actu­al­ly learned a few new vocab­u­lary words. (My wee bit of for­eign lan­guage instruc­tion in high school sucked, to put it mild­ly.) You’re sup­posed […]

Review: Maria V. Snyder’s Study Series

Fire Study by Maria V. Sny­der

My review

rat­ing: 4 of 5 star­sI strong­ly rec­om­mend read­ing Poi­son Study, Assas­sin Study, Mag­ic Study, and Pow­er Study all at a go. The two novel­las are option­al, but canon­i­cal and fun.

Snyder’s world seems to be made up of just two coun­tries: Ixia […]

Review: The Atrocity Archives by Charles Stross

The Atroc­i­ty Archives by Charles Stross

My review

rat­ing: 5 of 5 star­sI don’t give many 5-star rat­ings, but The Atroc­i­ty Archives deserves one. You may need to read it with a web brows­er open to look up ref­er­ences using Wikipedia or Google, but if you enjoy Torch­wood, Men in Black, […]

American Accent Quizzie

What Amer­i­can accent do you have? Cre­at­ed by Xavier on Memegen.net

North­ern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friend­­ly sound of upstate NY and west­ern New Eng­land, your accent is what used to set the stan­dard for Amer­i­can Eng­lish pro­nun­ci­a­tion […]

Review: Selene by Lilith Saintcrow

Selene by Lilith Saint­crow

My review

I was just as annoyed with this lit­tle 5-chap­ter novel­la as I was by the bit that was in an anthol­o­gy—Hot­ter Than Hell, maybe? We get a good idea of who Selene is, a glimpse of Niko­lai, and lot of Selene being an utter­ly ungrate­ful bitch to him, hot […]

Protect Your Dogs and Boycott Four Paws Products Ltd.

First, if you dog has a Pim­ple Ball With Bell (what an icky name!), take it back wher­ev­er you bought it and ask them to refund your mon­ey for the dan­ger­ous thing, and take the rest off the shelves.

After read­ing about the injuries at least four dogs have expe­ri­enced due to the absolute refusal […]

Review: The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu

The Iron Hunt by Mar­jorie M. Liu

My review

rat­ing: 5 of 5 stars­The Iron Hunt is a beau­ti­ful­ly writ­ten book with some inter­est­ing twists on estab­lished fan­ta­sy memes. To some extent, I felt that I’d come in to the world on book 2 or 3, but as far as I know […]

Review: The Watcher Series by Lilith Saintcrow

Mind­heal­er by Lilith Saint­crow

My review

rat­ing: 3 of 5 starsI’m actu­al­ly review­ing all five of the Watch­er books. They’re quite short—novella length, really—and very much inter­re­lat­ed (espe­cial­ly the first four). I read all of them in about a day and a half, despite doing oth­er things. I do advise tak­ing […]

Review: Night Child by Jes Battis

Night Child by Jes Bat­tis

My review

rat­ing: 4 of 5 star­sI real­ly enjoyed this book, and hope Bat­tis returns to this world. His prose is lyri­cal, engaging—a major depar­ture from most of the urban fan­ta­sy genre. There were a few lit­tle con­sis­ten­cy blips that made me think that the book […]

Review: In Legend Born by Laura Resnick

In Leg­end Born by Lau­ra Resnick

My review

rat­ing: 3 of 5 star­sWell-writ­ten high fan­ta­sy, but hon­est­ly, it just went on too long. So far, every­body has lost some­one impor­tant. Any­body who loves any­one seems to be doomed. Betray­als are every­where, and that’s some­thing I find pro­found­ly dis­turb­ing.

The book did […]