Category Archives: personal


I just submitted my final grades and I’m hoping to write a proper post soon. But in the meantime…. A couple of days ago I went to the library to return a pile of unread books I knew I wasn’t … Continue reading

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At this time of year I always feel that endings and beginnings are colliding like two weather fronts and brewing up a giant storm in my life. On the one hand, there’s end of term business: I’m grading papers and … Continue reading

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Weekend Update

Hey there! It’s been awhile, and I still don’t have much blogging mojo. So here’s a rambling post to at least get me started again. Personal I saw an academic tweet the other day that now the semester’s over, everyone … Continue reading

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Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria

This is so not a review of Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria, which has won many fantasy awards. Here is an insightful (and probably too spoilery for some) review from Nic Clarke at Strange Horizons, which I’d claim to agree with if I … Continue reading

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Your Best Reading Experience of the Year So Far

Last week on Twitter, Miss Bates asked “How old were you when you read your first romance? Name it, please!” She got a lot of great responses, and followed up with a wonderful blog post (which also got great responses). … Continue reading

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