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1. TURNING PAGES: WAISTCOATS & WEAPONRY, by Gail Carriger

Somehow, though I've been reading along faithfully, I never got around to reviewing the second in the Gail Carriger Finishing School series. Curtsies & Conspiracies was just as much hare-brained fun as my well-loved Etiquette & Espionage. May I have... Read the rest of this post

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2. TURNING PAGES: THE PAPER MAGICIAN and THE GLASS MAGICIAN by Charlie N. Holmberg

Wow, a book review!What with all the ranting going around here lately, I'd almost forgotten that I do that. But, partially to blame have been the number of books I've read recently that just haven't provoked a response. I checked out a pair from the... Read the rest of this post

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3. A KidLitCon 2014 Roundup

Between the two of us, Tanita and I have done several posts with our notes and impressions from this year's KidLitCon in Sacramento. I suspect for both of us, some of these were necessary in order to come down a bit from that special organizer's... Read the rest of this post

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4. KidLitCon 2014: A Retrospective, Part II - Reflections on Floating Heads

The one and only Floating Head of Shannon Hale! It rocks! It talks! It silences its viewers! I didn't take as many notes as I should have, when author Shannon Hale "visited" KidLitCon on our second day. Mainly because I was on edge, hoping against... Read the rest of this post

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5. Thursday Review: COMPLICIT by Stephanie Kuehn

This cover is really awesome.Summary: Protagonists whose past is hidden--even, sometimes, from themselves. It's something author Stephanie Kuehn does well, if you've read her first book, Charm & Strange. Complicit is another suspenseful read, in... Read the rest of this post

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6. Dear Author, Whose Book I Read and May Have Negatively Reviewed, Your Anger Will Not Silence Me.

By now, the flurry of comments on the Guardian essay of last week have turned into their own weather system. I won't link to or add to the storm, but should you want to sort of track the round-up, Leila has stood in the eye of the hurricane, Beth... Read the rest of this post

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7. KidLitCon 2014: Further Thoughts (and Sketches)

I meant to do this post last Thursday, but work spun dizzily out of my control, tossing me into a whirling black hole (do black holes whirl? I feel like they do) of getting-caught-up. Tanita's done some amazing posts with lovely photos of the... Read the rest of this post

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8. KidlitCon 2014: Notepad Forum, Part ii ~ The Weekend Word: "Appropriation"

This weekend's word is actually a phrase - Cultural Appropriation. I've blogged a bit about KidLitCon over the last week, and talked about how last weekend, Charlotte Taylor, our program director, came up with a great way to keep us thoughtful... Read the rest of this post

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9. KidlitCon, 2014: NOTEPAD FORUM, part i.

Charlotte Taylor, our program director, has clear Leadership Skillz, and came up with a great way to keep us thoughtful during those brief moments when people were at loose ends. She put a note pad up in the foyer space of the library, right next to... Read the rest of this post

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10. KidLitCon, 2014: A Retrospective, Part I

KidLitCon: Brought to you by these fine people.l-r: Maureen Kearney, seated. Standing, me (aka tanita), Jen Robinson, Charlotte Taylor, Melissa Fox, Reshama Deshmukh, and Sarah, aka aquafortis. Can't remember the last time I was more excited that... Read the rest of this post

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11. TURNING PAGES: NIGHT SKY by SUZANNE & MELANIE BROCKMANN

It's not every day you read a book that reads like... a movie. Though the book took a little more than ninety minutes to get through, from start to finish I kept muttering "movie." Even the cover has cinematic aspects (though I don't love it, and... Read the rest of this post

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12. KidLitCon 2014: Small World, Diverse Voices

In my closing comments at this past weekend's KidLitCon in Sacramento, CA, I included a few notes I jotted down over the course of the conference. These were just some insights that sprang to mind over the course of the conference, and which seemed... Read the rest of this post

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13. TURNING PAGES: H2O by VIRGINIA BERGIN

"Literally translated, the word apocalypse means “a revelation,” or “uncovering,” as in uncovering of the truth. (From the Greek: apo, meaning un, and calypto, meaning covering.) In fact, the title of the New Testament Doomsday guide, John... Read the rest of this post

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14. Poetry Friday/TURNING PAGES: TO THIS DAY by Shane Koyczan

because there's something in side youthat made you keep tryingdespite everyone who told you to quityou build a cast around yourbroken heartand signed it yourself          you signed it"THEY WERE WRONG"...we are... Read the rest of this post

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15. Thursday Review: IN REAL LIFE by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Summary: There aren't many books, graphic novel or not, that can combine sweetness and seriousness in the way In Real Life does. Written by Cory Doctorow with art by Jen Wang, it's a deceptively simple story at first: the protagonist, Anda, is the... Read the rest of this post

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16. TURNING PAGES: THIRD DAUGHTER by SUSAN KAYE QUINN

If you do a search on "South Asian Steampunk," you get pictures of some fab cosplay, but buptkus on books. (I actually found a good article on the inherent problems of "Asian steampunk," though, so score, but no cigar on the books...) Seeing a cover... Read the rest of this post

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17. TURNING PAGES: SILVERBLIND, by TINA CONNOLLY

I absolutely adored Ironskin by Tina Connolly, found Copperhead a mite disturbing, with its inhabited faces and blindly privileged ladies, and wasn't sure where I'd stand with this last book in the trilogy, which, though a conclusions of sorts,... Read the rest of this post

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18. KidLitCon 2014 Is Coming!

....this weekend! And we are excited. Even if you're not formally registered, if you live in the Sacramento area (and beyond) and want to attend the informal Author Mingle, you can! It's free and open to the public, with books for sale by Avid... Read the rest of this post

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19. COVER REVEAL: ROSE EAGLE, by JOSEPH BRUCHAC

The prequel you didn't know you needed to Bruchac's epic KILLER OF ENEMIES:This novella prequel to Joseph Bruchac’s Killer of Enemies is set in the Black Hills of South Dakota, where readers are introduced to seventeen-year-old Rose Eagle of the... Read the rest of this post

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20. Toon Thursday: Writing Retreats - The Real "Story"

Since I'm leaving today for a weekend writing retreat (during which I sincerely and fervently hope to make serious progress on my WIP), I thought it would be appropriate to repost my cartoon featuring a writing retreat pie chart. Enjoy! This work is... Read the rest of this post

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21. TURNING PAGES: INVISIBLE, by DAWN METCALF

I haven't been this stressed out by reading a fantasy novel since Holly Black's TITHE. Tension simply sings in this second book in the Twixt series. While not exactly a standalone - it does help to know a little about the world and its denizens -... Read the rest of this post

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22. "A More Diverse Universe:" Celebrating the Works of Authors of Color, Year 3!

It's that time again, Reading People! Time flies. Last year's selection was SHERRI L. SMITH'S mind-blowing (and mosquito-the-size-of-a-hovercraft-scary) ORLEANS. In its inaugural year, we highlighted INTISAR KHANANI's THORN (HM! What is THAT author... Read the rest of this post

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23. TURNING PAGES: THE SPIRITGLASS CHARADE, by COLLEEN GLEASON

As you know, I was a HUGE fan of the first of the Stoker & Holmes novels, and for me it felt genuinely "Holmesian" (Sherlockian? That's even worse. Forget it), with its Victorian rigidity and bleak stratification of London society. I was was both... Read the rest of this post

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24. Blog Tour: BATTLING BOY: THE RISE OF AURORA WEST

Attention, residents of Blogosphere-opolis: This is no ordinary review. This is a very special blog tour review, organized by First Second, who kindly supplied me with review copies of the new superhero graphic novels created by Paul Pope: Battling... Read the rest of this post

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25. In Tandem: CHASING POWER by SARAH BETH DURST

Welcome to another edition of In Tandem, the read-and-review posts where we both give our two cents at the same time. Once again, Sarah Beth Durst, the well-regarded and multi-talented speculative fiction author, has caught our imagination with a... Read the rest of this post

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