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Episode 143 – Interview with Rose Lerner, Author of The Wife in the Attic

Jewish lesbians! Sinister country houses! Shell art! These are but a few of the wondrous things you will find in Rose Lerner’s latest book, The Wife in the Attic, an f/f retelling of Jane Eyre that’s out now as an Audible Original. I got to talk to Rose about this book, her research for it, why Mr. Rochester did nothing wrong if he’s telling the truth, and her favorite Holmes/Watson AU, the Bunny and Raffles stories. “Whatever,...

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Episode 142 – Interview with Talia Hibbert, Author of Act Your Age, Eve Brown

Very unexpectedly, it is March! (Believe me, I’m as surprised as you are.) One of the benefits of March is that it means ALL THE BOOKS are coming out, and one of my very most anticipated books of March 2021 was Talia Hibbert’s new romance novel, Act Your Age, Eve Brown. Eve has never been quite sure where she belongs, but when her parents cut her off and she hits a B&B owner with her car, she decides she might as well stay and...

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The Snow Queen, Joan D. Vinge

It’s a buddy read! My lovely pal Jeanne, of Necromancy Never Pays, suggested recently that we do a buddy read, so I proposed one of the books that has languished for ages and ages on my TBR list: Joan Vinge’s classic SF novel The Snow Queen, which was published in 1980 and won a Hugo Award. Here’s our conversation. Jeanne: There are lots of good things about Vinge’s classic science fiction novel The Snow Queen (published in...

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I do not want to go to avalanche school: A links round-up

Welp! Things are very cold here! And everything is awful! 2021 just won’t stop doing things — in this case, dumping a ton of ice on a bunch of places not structurally equipped to deal with ice or extreme cold! If you would like to be of service, Southwest Louisiana has been absolutely slammed by weather in the past few months, and this is a mutual aid organization that continues to supply aid to people who were hit by Hurricane...

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Really a lot of thoughts on racism: A links round-up

Well, we have come to the end of another week, and as such we must read some links and think about the world. I am writing this post whilst finally watching WandaVision, and you may expect that my next links round-up will contain lots of links about WandaVision, because I am enjoying it tremendously thus far. Also Teyonah Parris is the most beautiful woman I have ever seen. I gasp every time she smiles. Anyway, have some...

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MILLIONS BOOK PREVIEW: A very belated links round-up

Guess what I meant to do for several past Fridays! Yes, the answer is “post a links round-up.” So now we have this very belated links round-up but the good news is that it contains lots and lots of genuinely great content, including the first half of the year Millions book preview! Yay! First and most importantly: The Millions Book Preview! (link) Serial killers are in decline, hooray! (link) “Despite the joys of his irreverence,...

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Episode 140 – Holiday Gift Guide 2020 and Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half

I have to say, the Poetry Foundation really came for me with one of their recent poems, and I can’t be alone with it so I’m going to quote it for y’all here as a run-up to this actually very chipper and non-insane podcast. I lived in the first century of world wars. Most mornings I would be more or less insane, The newspapers would arrive with their careless stories, The news would pour out of various devices Interrupted by...