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Rat Queens Volume One: Sass and Sorcery

I am very excited to review Volume One of the graphic novel Rat Queens, entitled Sass and Sorcery. It follows the exploits of a mercenary company called the Rat Queens which is composed of four awesome ladies. That premise alone was enough to pull me in, and it most certainly did not disappoint my high hopes.

(This review will include minor spoilers, though I will avoid major story details.)

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12 Days of Christmas: Holiday Book Recommendations

For the 6th day of Christmas, I'm offering a list of book recommendations. Hopefully everyone will get a little bit of time to relax and curl up with a good book during the holidays, and for anyone who isn't quite sure what that book will be, here is a handful of my personal favorites. These will not be Christmas themed, nor are they necessarily from the last year.

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Inglorious Royal Marriages by Leslie Carroll

I recently read a bio about Leslie Carroll and was intrigued by her self-described departure from romantic fiction to true historical accounts of the exploits, romantic or otherwise, of royalty and nobility. I love a good romantic tale, but in general, I do not enjoy the romance genre much. I dislike the sense of romance occuring in a vacuum, absent any other motivations or actions, driven forward by angst and internal drama alone. This obviously does not represent romantic fiction as whole, nor do I know whether or not it even describes Leslie Carrol's work. I've never read any of her fiction. Given my feelings and her background though, I wasn't really sure how I would enjoy Inglorious Royal Marriages. I was quite surprised to find myself unable to put it down. I enjoyed it immensely!

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Book Review: The Island of the Colorblind by Oliver Sacks

In December of 2013, Sacks did an interview on Science Friday where he mentioned The Island of the Colorblind. Though I have no intimate experiences with colorblindness, a high school instructor of mine had protanopia. My teacher spoke openly about his experiences with it, light heartedly describing how his wife would always double check his outfits to make sure they color-coordinated. Memories of his stories have always stuck with me and after listening to Sacks discuss his fascination with all forms of colorblindness, I was highly intrigued by the premise of the book, that there existed somewhere out there an island which had a significant population of colorblind. 

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Book Review: The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin

The Invisible Woman by Claire Tomalin

 

My experience with The Invisible Woman began by accident. I was meeting someone in a bookstore. They happened to be late, so I began perusing the shelves. The lovely cover stuck out, and having no idea what it was, I picked it up and read through the first few pages. I was so interested by it that I immediately took it to the counter, and in doing so, almost missed my friend's arrival. (Woops.)

Before discussing my feelings on it, I will offer the disclaimer that my experience with Charles Dickens is minimal and I have not seen the movie adaptation of this book. I'm not a Dickens scholar. I've only read bits of his work here and there through school and I've never studied any of his biographical information, though I do intend to read Tomalin's companion biography of Dickens at some point. Rather than being intrigued by the behemoth reputation of Dickens, I was drawn to The Invisible Woman primarily because it offered an outsider's perspective on such a legendary literary figure. History so often forgets the women, and I find attempts to rectify those omissions irresistible.

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