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Original Essays | July 24, 2014

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It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Virtually snowbound, January 4, 2013

Who hasn't thought that the characters in sci-fi movies who wear the red shirts should notice that they're expendable and are usually the first to be eaten by outlandish alien animals, incinerated in intergalactic battles or simply sucked into the endlessness of space? This book is about what happens when they do notice and what it means. Quick moving, funny and even heartwarming, "Redshirts" is a great read.
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Bellwether by Connie Willis
Bellwether

Virtually snowbound, September 25, 2012

I would consider "Bellwether" the gateway book for those not familiar with Connie Willis. Her humor, timing and ability to layer action are unsurpassed, and those who would be scared away by anything labeled science fiction or fantasy will find themselves sucked in to Willis' world. Read this, then "To Say Nothing of the Dog" and work up to the bigtime, "Blackout" and "All Clear."
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The Madonnas of Leningrad (P.S.) by Debra Dean
The Madonnas of Leningrad (P.S.)

Virtually snowbound, January 18, 2012

I can scarcely believe this is the author's first novel. It's beautifully written and totally engrossing. I am looking forward to other work by Debra Dean.
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To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last by Connie Willis
To Say Nothing of the Dog: Or How We Found the Bishop's Bird Stump at Last

Virtually snowbound, September 6, 2011

I never enjoyed time travel novels until I read Connie Willis. She uses time travel to flaunt her incredible ability to plot her complex stories leaving the reader exhausted and wildly entertained. And since Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat is one of my favorite books of all time, Willis' take on the era and the lovingly portrayed intersection of time travelers and Jerome's trio (plus dog) is a masterpiece. I have read this at least five times and intend to repeat as needed. As the classic recommendation of a book goes: I envy anyone reading this for the first time.
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Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand

Virtually snowbound, September 2, 2011

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand is a charming book. Perhaps, after a brief glance at it, you suspect it's a little too charming, but instead of falling into the trap of simply glorifying life in a quaint English village, this book is full of many unpleasant characters, family problems and threats to the happiness of our protagonists. And the book achieves those protagonists' destiny through an altogether surprising series of events. Although it has almost nothing in common with the Miss Read books, I think this is one of those "if you liked that, you'll like this" comparisons. It's a great read, it's beautifully written, and, if you are over 60, gloriously reassuring that life still has infinite possibilities.
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