My Year in Reading: Cassie-la’s March 2019 Wrap Up

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (★★★★)

Flynn’s debut novel is a somewhat predictable thriller starring damaged narrator Camille Preaker, a journalist who returns to her hometown — and her even more damaged family — to report on a missing child and a recent child murder. Super dark and incredibly disturbing, Sharp Objects is not for the faint of heart. Trigger warnings for cutting, suicide, child murder, animal abuse, child abuse, and pretty much everything in between.

Vox by Christina Dalcher (★★★★½)

Described as The Handmaid’s Tale for a new era, Vox takes place in a horrifying near future where women are limited to 100 words a day. Similar to Atwood’s tale, Dalcher’s America turns downright dystopian when it’s taken over by an ultra religious political party, with women quickly losing the right to work, read, or own property. While a little rushed toward the end, I had a hard time putting down this cautionary tale, which draws very obvious parallels to our current political climate.

the mermaid’s voice returns in this one by Amanda Lovelace (★★★★)

The third and final poetry collection in the women are some kind of magic series is here, and comes complete with individual poetry from 13 of Lovelace’s peers. While I enjoyed this collection — which once again delves into Lovelace’s painful past — I found it to be the weakest of the three, with the witch doesn’t burn in this one, followed closely by the princess saves herself in this one being my top two.Read More »


Hot Off the Proverbial Presses: October 14, 2014

In Real LifeIn Real Life by Cory Doctorow, illustrated by Jen Wang

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer – a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

From acclaimed teen author and digerati bigwig Cory Doctorow and rising star cartoonist Jen Wang, In Real Life is a sensitive, thoughtful look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture-clash.

WHY WE’RE EXCITED: Gorgeous artwork meets an intriguing premise all tied up in what sounds like a thought provoking exploration of some of our favorite things.

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I Was a Social Outcast: Cassie-la Fraks Around With “Geektastic” from Holly Black

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd [edited] by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
Genre: Fiction, anthology, nerd culture, geekery, young adult, holy crap stop stealing bits of my life
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Summary: Some of the best known young adult authors take on the subculture known as nerdom, from conventions to online gaming to super hero worship and beyond.

This collection of stories will take you to the farthest reaches of space, Middle-earth, and your own bedroom.

In high school I was a nerd. I am still a nerd. I have an unhealthy love affair for Wolverine, I have a Fellowship cloak in my closet and a ring of power on my dresser. There’s a plush Necromicon in my living room and a vorpal blade on my bookshelf. I dressed up as Sango from “InuYasha” complete with life sized hiraikotsu (AKA giant boomerang) in high school. And no, I didn’t have to look up the spelling for hiraikotsu, I just know it off the top of my head. I even worked in a comic book store. I was and am in all senses of the word, a nerd. Albeit a high functioning one.

It was the tie to the subculture of all things nerdy that drew me to Geektastic. My first impression was that this anthology was going to be similar to Zombies Vs. Unicorns (also edited by Holly Black). I found that Geektastic was a lot more entertaining, particularly because half of it wasn’t devoted to lame ass unicorns. It also features a lot of my favourite young adult authors like M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Kelly Link, and Scott Westerfeld.

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