Why, in this age of unprecedented literary freedom, is the most popular fiction subject a woman’s suffering, pain and death?Read more "Violence Against Women in Literature: the Trending Topic of the ’10s."
A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files My rating: 4 of 5 stars I’m always up for a good Weird Western, always up for interesting LGBTQ characters, and always up for excellent Canadian science fiction and fantasy. This book fit the bill perfectly! Ed Morrow is a Pinkerton who has been assigned to infiltrate the […]Read more "Book Review: A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files"
Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore My rating: 4 of 5 stars Read for the Science Fiction Masterworks Book Club. One might be deterred by a book with a Confederate shield on the front of it, and rightfully so. But don’t let it dissuade you; this isn’t what it looks like. This is a well-written […]Read more "Book Review: Bring the Jubilee by Ward Moore"
Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin My rating: 5 of 5 stars Eager for all things Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire, I asked for this book for a Yuletide gift. My kids got it for me for Mother’s Day. They’re good kids (adult kids, now; older than I’d like […]Read more "Book Review: Fire & Blood by George R.R. Martin @GRRMSpeaking"
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey My rating: 4 of 5 stars No one would ever publish this book, were it written today. It’s full of purple prose and repetition, heaving bosoms and moustache-twirling bad guys, and it’s considered a foundational book of the Western genre, and established maybe 75% of the tropes, […]Read more "Book Review: Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey"
By Kiona N. Smith European soldiers and civilians poured into the Levant in the 12th and 13th centuries, often killing or displacing local Muslim populations and establishing their own settlements in an effort to seize control of sites sacred to three major religious groups. But in a new study, DNA from the skeletons of nine […]Read more "DNA from Medieval Crusader Skeletons Shows Surprising Diversity"
“For we know Him who said, ‘And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.’” Ezekiel 25:17. The God depicted in the Old Testament may sometimes seem wrathful. And in that, he’s not alone; supernatural forces […]Read more "When Ancient Societies Hit a Million People, Vengeful Gods Appeared"