The Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein

So many other books referenced this one, I decided to read it. No specific spoilers, but the book is almost 40 years old. Eye catching cover, check: spaceship, pterodactyl, and the Yellow Brick Road & Emerald city. Adventure, check. Plot, sort of. First chapter: meant to be shocking. “Lets get married” after their first meeting? … More The Number of the Beast by Robert A. Heinlein

Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

“Just one incident.” “Not really worth complaining about.” “It’s just me, isn’t it?” Sadly, there’s almost nothing new in here. Putting it all in one place, though, is really shocking. Solnit talks about ways that men silence women, from talking over them to making htem legal non-persons upon marriage, to ‘mansplaining’, to sexual harassment, to … More Men Explain Things to Me by Rebecca Solnit

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Dragons are the enemy – and Seraphina’s mother was one. If a war starts between the humans and the dragons, what will happen to her? Will music save her life? Will the Saints lives provide a clue or do their collective writings mean Seraphina should … More

The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

What lovely, lovely prose. About 2 chapters in, I thought the poetry of words sounded familiar, and indeed Kij Johnson wrote this most excellent debut novel: The Fox Woman and this excellent short: Ponies. Opening scene: Women’s college, a student has run off with a boy. But not just any boy, he’s a Dreamer and … More The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson