Cassie Kingsbury (Cassie-wa)
Former English Major
Contact: cassie.kingsbury [at] bibliomantics [dot] com
Posting Day: Sunday (Read Her Posts)
Preferred Reading Material: Stuff with teens and magic or ghosts or a dystopian future or something! Occasionally I also read “adult” books. I like books that do neat things with words. I like books that make you laugh, and I like books that stab you in the chest and turn the knife. I especially like books that do both.
Will Not Read: High fantasy that isn’t Lord of the Rings. (Unless Christopher Paolini ever decides to finish the Inheritance Cycle, in which case I will be forced to read it on principle.)
Favourite Authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, Richard Wright, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, James Joyce, Diana Wynne Jones, Philip Pullman, Neil Gaiman, John Green, Meg Cabot
Favourite Book/Series: Harry Potter
Favourite Literary Character: Lyra Silvertongue, His Dark Materials
Least Favourite Literary Character: Lydia Bennet, Pride and Prejudice
Favourite Book Quote: “I would hurl words into this darkness and wait for an echo, and if an echo sounded, no matter how faintly, I would send other words to tell, to march, to fight, to create a sense of hunger for life that gnaws in us all.” American Hunger, Richard Wright
Favourite Romantic Pairing: Suze/Jesse, The Mediator series
Contact: stephanie.kingsbury [at] bibliomantics [dot] com
Posting Days: Monday, Bizarro Blursday (Read Her Posts)
Preferred Reading Material: Harry Potter. Besides that – YA/Supernatural/Fantasy and anything Richard Dawkins has to say on evolutionary biology. Previously, classics – particularly Dumas.
Will Not Read: Charles Dickens, Nicholas Sparks, Twilight
Favourite Authors: Philip Pullman, John Green
Favourite Book/Series: Harry Potter….but I cheat on Harry with His Dark Materials. Don’t tell.
Favourite Literary Character: Snape
Least Favourite Literary Character: Umbridge
Favourite Book Quote: I never remember quotes. TBA.
Favourite Romantic Pairing: Lyra/Will
Former English Major, Current Young Adult & Outreach Services Librarian
Contact: kelly.durkin [at] bibliomantics [dot] com
Posting Day: Wednesday (Read Her Posts)
Preferred Reading Material: : I’m a literary omnivore – social satire, young adult literature, memoir/creative nonfiction, fractured fairy tales, poetry, stories of diaspora. Fantasy and magic as long as it’s grounded in humanity. Any words that make me despair that I will ever construct something half so beautiful, but inspire me to try. The occasional mystery novel. Bildungsromans if done right. Nonfiction if I find the subject interesting.
Will Not Read: James Patterson, Nora Roberts, John Grisham etc. Life’s too short to read poorly written and formulaic blockbusters. Charles Dickens. Anything by a Republican.
Favourite Authors: J.K. Rowling, Kurt Vonnegut, Diana Wynne Jones, Neil Gaiman, John Green, Jane Austen, Douglas Adams, Joan Didion, James Joyce, Phillip Pullman, Lorraine Hansberry
Favourite Book/Series: Harry Potter
Favourite Literary Character: Hermione Granger, Harry Potter
Least Favourite Literary Character: Daisy Buchanan, The Great Gatsby
Favourite Book Quote: “Hello, babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. At the outside, babies, you’ve got about a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of, babies – God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.” God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater by Kurt Vonnegut
Favourite Romantic Pairing: Lyra/Will, His Dark Materials
Cassandra Rose (Cassie-la)
Former English Major, Current Freelance Writer
Contact: cassie.rose [at] bibliomantics [dot] com
Posting Days: New Comic Book Day, Friday, Bizarro Blursday, Around the Interweb Saturday (Read Her Posts)
Preferred Reading Material: bizarro literature, dystopic novels, historical fiction, fractured fairytales, young adult literature, and non-superhero themed graphic novels
Will Not Read: anything in mass market paperback format, grocery store romances, anything by Dan Brown or Nicholas Sparks
Favourite Authors: Margaret Atwood, Jeffrey Eugenides, Neil Gaiman, John Green, Junot Diaz, HP Lovecraft, Gregory Maguire, Christopher Moore, Flannery O’Connor, Chuck Palahniuk, Sharon Kay Penman, Edgar Allen Poe, and Scott Westerfeld
Favourite Book/Series: The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
Favourite Literary Character: Alice (as in Wonderland)
Least Favourite Literary Character: anyone in the Twilight series
Favourite Book Quote: “… It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place.” Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll
Favourite Romantic Pairing: Snape/Lily, Harry Potter