Books and Book Reviews

Need a Crash Course on Web Copy? Try “Nicely Said”

Title: Nicely Said: Writing for the Web with Style and Purpose Authors: Nicole Fenton and Kate Kiefer Lee Publisher: New Riders Publishing Rating: 4 out of 5 Format: Print Writing can be a daunting prospect for many people, and the…

Change: What I’ve Been Doing and Where I’m Going

It’s been about two years since I decided to transition to freelance work. However, it’s been a bumpy road. I’ve taken on contract work that took time away from doing freelance work. In some ways, I’ve decided to focus on writing…

Book Review: Stroll by Shawn Micallef

Title: Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto Author: Shawn Micallef (illustrations by Marlena Zuber) Publisher: Coach House Books/Eye Weekly Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 Sometimes walking around your neighbourhood is one of the nicest things there is. Depending…

Book Review: A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar

Title: A Stranger in Olondria Author: Sofia Samatar Publisher: Small Beer Press Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 Note: This review contains spoilers. Jevick is the son of a pepper merchant on the island of Tyom, one of a remote…

Book Review: Saga Volume 3

Title: Saga Volume 3 Author: Brian K. Vaughan Illustrator: Fiona Staples Publisher: Image Comics Format: Print Rating: 4 out of 5 Note: spoilers ahead for both this and the previous volumes. You have been warned. Saga is one of those…

Book Review: Digger by Ursula Vernon

Title: Digger: The Complete Omnibus Author: Ursula Vernon Publisher: Sofawolf Press Format: Print (Softcover) Rating: 5 out of 5 Stories are living things. As they grow, so do the creators behind them. Most of the time, this change is imperceptible…

Book Review: Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties

Title: Tea: History, Terroirs, Varieties Authors: Kevin Gascoyne, Francois Marchand, Jasmin Desharnais, and Hugo Americi Publisher: Firefly Books Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 About 2 months ago, I wrote a post about how much I enjoyed drinking tea.…

Ad Astra 2014 Recap

Ad Astra wrapped up just a few days ago. Now that I’m fairly sure I haven’t gotten con crud,  I’ll tell you all about it! Although I didn’t take part in any panels or do any readings, I had a…

Book Review: Talking About Detective Fiction by P.D. James

Title: Talking About Detective Fiction Author: P.D. James Publisher: Vintage Canada Format: Print Rating: 3 out of 5 A few weeks ago, I read an old article by Jo Walton on Tor.com about reading protocols for SF. I’ve been aware…

Book Review: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin

Title: The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms Author: N.K. Jemisin Publisher: Orbit Format: Print Rating: 5 out of 5 Yeine Darre is the daughter of a barbarian chieftain of the Darre people in the backwater continent of the High North. But she’s also…