Monthly Archives: January 2017

Small Favors by Colleen Coover

What Small Favors lacks in storytelling, it more than makes up for in charm and joy. Freed completely from any patriarchal restraints whatsoever, what we have is a series of short vignettes that have one goal in mind: find reasons … Continue reading

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The Backstagers Act 1 by James Tynion IV, Rian Sygh

The Backstages is a difficult one for me to review; this is a short first introductory issue that pretty much sets up the premise of the series (magical realism, friendships, bonding, lots of drama) that may or may not get … Continue reading

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Art Deco Interiors by Henry Delacroix

One really has to appreciate these wonderful reprints of then-contemporary works. In this case, a collection of full page, full color illustrations/designs of interiors from the art deco/moderne period, assembled at the time in 1935. Owing more to Le Corbusier … Continue reading

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The Hidden Heart by Laura Kinsale

Back in the 1980s, I was focused on historicals or science fiction/fantasy and never had an interest in romance at all. But one day at a used book store I couldn’t find anything interesting in either of those categories. On … Continue reading

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Edwardian Ladies Hat Fashion by Peter Kimpton

To understand the book, it’s best to read the introduction first, where the author says he originally wanted to showcase his postcard collection but ended up realizing there was a larger picture. And really, the title says it all – … Continue reading

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The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

The Lawrence Browne affair is a solidly written Regency romance that ticks off all the right boxes of the genre: scruffy scoundrel, ‘damaged’ noble, loyal dog, dastardly characters, misunderstandings, and a happily ever after ending. If the book adds nothing … Continue reading

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Mer by Joelle Sellner

In trying to sum up Mer, I couldn’t help but think that this is the mermaid verison of Twilight – but dumbed down even further for graphic novel format. The plot is silly, the characters unrealistic, the romance forced, the … Continue reading

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