Entries in Book Review (9)

Friday
Jan152016

NNN Episode 226 - The Fit Trilogy Review

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Topics: This week we review the romance novel series, The Fit Trilogy, by Rebekah Weatherspoon

FIT #1: This story contains light acts of bondage and a feisty submissive who gives her Dominant a run for his money.

TAMED #2: This story contains acts of sadomasochism and a submissive who takes her Dominant on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride.

SATED #3: This story contains two massive nerds who can’t keep their hands off each other. And fisting

Find out where to buy this series on Rebekah Weatherspoon's website.

Monday
Nov022015

NNN Episode 220 - Shadowshaper Review

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Topics: In Nerdtastic News, Podcasts are coming to Google Music based on your mood.

Our topic: We review the latest book from Daniel José Older, ShadowShaper. 

Some questions to think about while reading:

  • Favs: Characters, plot points, lines 
  • Who did you relate to most? 
  • What did you first think of Robbie? 
  • What did you think about the MOC patriarchy Sierra experienced? 
  • What did you think of the theme of community and heritage being magic? 
  • What did you think of the villain and his logic?

 

Monday
Sep212015

NNN Episode 214 - "The Viking Wants Forever" Review

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Topics: We review the erotic romance novel, The Viking Wants Forever, written by Koko Brown.  In the review, we discuss our thoughts on the characters, plot, and overall enjoyment.  Let's go back to 'Generic Ancient White People time' and check out the book.

Synopsis:

A Love Frozen In Time...

Reese Johnson yearns for a life other than the world of drudgery she's settled for as the manager of a comic book store. What's that they say? Be careful what you wish for? Well that's a motto Reese should have tattooed across her forehead. Because Loki, the Norse god of mischief, has just the remedy for the boring life of this woman who denounces his existence.
His recipe for disaster?
Take a 30 year-old woman and send her back in time as a pawn for revenge. Couple her with Eirik Sigurdsson, a Viking Warlord, too arrogant and baggage-laden to be of any use for anything, but battle and bed. Mix thoroughly, folding in a heavy dose of pride, a tyrannical king, and a sympathetic goddess. Bake at high until a white-hot love is unleashed and then forever frozen in time.
 

Friday
Jul032015

NNN Episode 205 - Panther In the Hive Review

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Topics:  In Nerdtastic News, we discussed the Claudia Rankine's fifth book, Citizen, which calls up the reality of everyday racism through prose. The Black Owned Business of the Week is Ini Vibez.  This Esty shop specializes in accessories such as earrings, bangles, and rings.  Our main topic this week is review of the book Panther In the Hive by Olivia A. Cole.

Friday
Apr102015

NNN Episode 194 - Review of Half-Resurrection Blues

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Topics: On Nerdtastic News, Game of Thrones tv series will introduce the Sand Snakes of House Martell. The Black Owned Business of the Week is Boutique de Bandeaux offering silk and satin hair accessories for thick natural hair.  This week we review the book, Half-Resurrection Blues: A Bone Street Rumba Novel, by Daniel José Older which is the first novel in a brand new Bone Street Rumba series.  We interview Older last year about his other book, Salsa Nocturna.

 

Sunday
May252014

NNN Episode 155: #LongHidden Review


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Topics: Review of "Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction From the Margins of History".  

An anthology featuring stories from the margins of speculative history with main characters who may be enslaved people, indigenous people, people of color, queer people, laborers, women, people with disabilities, the very young and very old, and religious minorities, etc.  

 

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Wednesday
Jan082014

#50in2014 Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez

I could almost tell you every detail of the week I'd Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower. I can tell you how many hours of sleep I missed in the three days it took me to read Alice Walker's The Color Purple. These books are extremely important to me, because each book introduced me to a character or cast of characters that looked like me, and had personalities, histories and emotions that went far beyond helping burgeoning white twenty-something discover his own faults. There were black women in these stories, coming of age and being defined by their own decisions and not the decisions of their lovers and mothers. I wasn't sure I'd ever get to read another book liken that again until I read Wench.

Wench by it's summery alone would seem likely to be a sad story. The main character is a slave named Lizzie who becomes her Master's mistress in her early teens which makes her life as a slave easier in some aspects and harder in others. Lizzie during the course of the book is forced to witness brutalities to her family and friends on physical and emotional levels and has to come of age and figure out her method of survival in a and place where she isn't seen as human.

The book doesn't shy away from the brutality of slavery. Lizzie's Master, Drayle, let's her call him by his name, and convinces her that he actually treats her well. His manipulation is apparent to the reader from the beginning, especially when the story delves into how Drayle manages to slowly lured Lizzie into being his mistress. When Lizzie's story is juxtaposed against the stories of her friend Mawu, Reenie and Sweet it makes you understand some of the earlier decisions Lizzie makes in the book when Mawu decides she want to try and run away. Lizzie's naivety makes it hard for her to understand how much more difficult it could be for someone else.

The book also doesn't fall into the usual colorism stereotypes a lot of folks have about black women during slavery. Lizzie is a mid-toned to dark girl, and is still brought into the house as a house slave. Mawu is described in the boom ad very fair with bright red hair, and isn't a house slave at all. The other slaves on Dayle's plantation often come to Lizzie when they needed something, including her closest friend Philip.

For me this book did not disappoint at all. It managed to tell and compelling story and show character growth for a character who's situation is inevitable. It doesn't rely on stereotypes to tell the story. Dolen Perkins-Valdez manages to portray the slavery in a manner that is brutal and effective without being disrespectful to the pain of the characters (Trigger Warning though, because sexual assault does happen in the book). I would definitely recommend that everyone read it.

Wednesday
Feb202013

Erasure: A study in Black Angst

I’m sure I should have known about Percival Everett sooner. I read the summary to Erasure years ago but only recently took the time to buy it and read it. Worth it.




The simplest way to describe Erasure is Bamboozled in print. It is the feeling I had throughout the reading experience. However, it would not do the book justice to shout out Spike Lee and walk away. As in most cases, the book is better. It does something that the movie could not or would not do, it personalizes it’s angry protagonist.

Erasure is the story of Thelonious "Monk" Ellison, an author who is out of place in his personal and professional life. He is an author who writes books that no one he knows reads. He could easily be read as snobbish and unlikable but Everett makes him relatable.  He takes through awkward moments in his youth as well as his relationship with his siblings and parents. There is even time for a short mystery surrounding his father who committed suicide years before the start of the novel.  He also has to help care for his mother who is suffering from Alzheimer’s .  It is with this motivation and the anger of watching those with seemingly less talent than him advance, that a novel within a novel is born. Yes, it’s that kind of book.  The novel within the novel is his idea (which is validated through the media in the book) of what America wants from African Americans. It is filled with stereotypes, tropes and horrible grammar. He does not however envision the life that it will take on or how deeply it affects him.

I would definitely recommend reading this book.  There are parts that are hard to read (most of them can be found in the novel within the novel) but the pacing of the book doesn’t suffer from it. If the subject matter was lighter, I would say you could read it in one sitting. One who is not me might still be able to do so. It has encouraged me to find more Percival Everett.  

Monday
Oct172011

Geektastic: It's Teen Read Week


Geektastic edited by Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci

To celebrate Teen Read Week I decided to post about one of my favorite YA reads ever. I recently started reading YA lit on a regular basis and I love it despite that one time I read Twilight. These stories vary from fun to somber. There are geek references and teen angst throughout. I fell in love in the first pages which does not happen often but I love it when it does. This book is also a great reference for those that are looking for young adult novels to read. These give the reader a nice sample of each individual writers work. The stories cover the greatness and the meanness of being a teenager. Not every story was geek references and quirky romance, this was something I enjoyed. It felt very balanced. I would definitely recommend it to people I know.

The list of authors in Geektastic are as follows:

 M.T. Anderson

Libba Bray

Cassandra Clare

John Green

Tracy Lynn

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Greg Leitich Smith

David Levithan

Kelly Link

Barry Lyga

Wendy Mass

Garth Nix

Scott Westerfield

Lisa Yee

Sara Zarr

I have never heard of Teen Read Week before and I’m a little sore about that. It started in 1998. Anyhoo, here is a list of nominees for the Top Ten of 2011.  There are also links to past years nominees. Enjoy! The winners will be announced today at noon.