Kings of the North

Kings of the North by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 4 of 5 stars A good middle book for the series (although other reviews seem to be mixed). The cover of the book is a bit unfortunate, leading an unaware reader to think it’s some sort of cheesy romance novel. It’s …

Notorious S.M.A.L.L.

It’s the time of year when most of the handmade business blogs I read are all talking about making your plan for the year. Personally I am somewhat of a long thinker so I started planning what I wanted for 2013 in late November/early December of last year, but whatever. …

Oath of Fealty

Oath of Fealty by Elizabeth Moon My rating: 5 of 5 stars I had listened to this on audio when it first came out, and didn’t really like it as much as I liked the original three Paks books; turned out I just didn’t really like the person reading the …

Stop and smell the flowers

I’ve spent entirely too much time answering email and social-media-ing this morning, and really need to shower and get working — so no in-depth blog post today but here are some pretty flowers! This crazy weather means that everything in my front yard is still blooming… or blooming again. I …

Inspired

Ever since we went to Barberville Roadside I’ve been chewing on some ideas in the back of my head — go ahead and laugh but that place was really inspiring to me. I’ve always loved Spanish and Mexican tiles and colorwork, and for some reason being around all that Talavera …

Snow Crash

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson My rating: 3 of 5 stars The book started off fun, derailed into snooze-fest explanatory land every time the Librarian made an appearance, but got itself together and ended with a good blend of action and thought. However, I did keep getting confused as to …

I give up

Who’s got two thumbs and got hot water all over her because her dye bar still wasn’t fixed yesterday, only she didn’t know it until three hours into the dyeing cycle when she went to dump the hot water in the sink, exactly the same thing that’s happened for the …

Redshirts

Redshirts by John Scalzi My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the sort of thing you think must have been really, really fun to write, sort of a nerdy love-letter to the genre. I was expecting silly (check); expecting magic science (check); expecting over-the-top characters (check). And as a …