Oasis or Mirage?

I heard nothing but satisfaction regarding Ready Player One until, rather unexpectedly, one of my favorite people to talk books with told me he couldn't even finish it. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline ♥ ♥ | Goodreads | Amazon Opening Line: Everyone my age remembers where they were and what they were doing when they first heard about … Continue reading Oasis or Mirage?

Tactical Linguistics and Quantum Chess Warfare

I read Conservation of Shadows towards the beginning of this year, when I had a 30-day Scribd trial going and was trying to read as much as possible each day. This was definitely the book that I enjoyed the most out of the eleven I read that month. Since then, I've been recommending this book … Continue reading Tactical Linguistics and Quantum Chess Warfare

My goals for the year are to read more books by female writers and authors of color. In particular, I'm interested in Asian-American voices and Japanese prewar literature. I'd like to review books as I read and also to write out some thoughts on past favorites. I'm always looking for recommendations, so let me know … Continue reading

cover of Starlings by Jo Walton, a collection of short stories and even shorter beginnings

Short Story Snippets

I didn't start enjoying, or even really reading, short stories until last January. In general, I need an emotional connection to my characters to care what they're up to, and I want my characters to stick around for long enough that building an emotional connection is worth it. For the same reason, I prefer watching a … Continue reading Short Story Snippets

The End of One World and the Beginning of Another

I've always been bad with words. No, that isn't quite right. I've always been bad with the spoken word. Whenever I open my mouth (well, unless it's to eat dessert), anxious thoughts fly in, get trapped, and start rattling around endlessly. Am I shaping my mouth around this word correctly will the trajectory of my … Continue reading The End of One World and the Beginning of Another