Book Review: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Imaginary Girls is one of those books that lots of authors whose work I really enjoy recommend.. and I was really not that into it. I think part of the problem was that it couldn’t decide if it was trying to be realistic or fantasy ....more

Book Review: Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

I saw the movie adaptation of Winter’s Bone a while back and it is the main thing that convinced me (and lots of other people) that J.Law was a fantastic choice for Katniss. The movie was more than interesting enough to make me want to read the book. Ree Dolly is 16 and lives in a remote area of the Ozarks ....more

Book Review: Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Forever is the third and final Wolves of Mercy Falls book. It begins a few months after Linger ended. Grace became a wolf at the end of Linger, and since then, Sam has been humaning around by himself without her ....more

Book Review: Linger by Maggie Stiefvater

Linger is the second Wolves of Mercy Falls book, coming after Shiver. It turns out that these wolves are affected by temperature- they shift to wolves as it gets colder, and back to humans as it gets warmer. Even in the summer, an unseasonably cool night could prompt a shift ....more

Book Review: Voyage of the Snake Lady by Theresa Tomlinson

The Voyage of the Snake Lady is one of those sequels that probably didn’t need to be written. It begins something like 7-10 years after The Moon Riders, the probably unnecessary retelling of The Iliad. That’s an awful lot of “maybe shouldn’t really be a thing” for a book to start off with, but so it goes ....more


Working as a contractor after being salaried sort of sucks. When I was offered the option to discuss contracting at my new job, they basically said “name your terms”–not in a “we’ll do whatever you want we’re desperate to have you” way but in a “say what you think and we’ll see if that sounds reasonable” way. Which, for the record, is terrifying ....more

Bwinging Us Togedar

Illinois is technically my home, but I don’t necessarily consider myself an Illinoisan (? Illinoiyan? Illini? ...more

Memorable Language: Regret

You know how people always ask whether you have any regrets? I generally tend to say no, because as much as I sort of wish I hadn’t given up on being an engineer or hadn’t left my first college or whatever, I love my life and I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am without those decisions. At that point, it’s sort of hard to regret, isn’t it? ...more

Allegiant Thoughts

I did a good thing and ordered my copy of Veronica Roth’s Allegiant from an independent bookstore. There have been three bookstores in my whole entire life that were my very most favorite. Two were independent, one was B&N ....more


You know that horrible social network that I hate? The one I quit more than two years ago and was so glad to have out of my life? The one I think everybody should quit? ...more