CALS Con 2017: Propaganda in Comics

Over the weekend we celebrated our annual library-sponsored Little Rock comic book convention, CALS Con. As always, cosplayers and enthusiasts turned out to represent various fandoms, from Guardians of the Galaxy to Batman, Star Wars to Doctor Who. I'm no stranger to conventions. I've attended ComicCon in San Diego, Gen Con in Indianapolis, ICC (International … Continue reading CALS Con 2017: Propaganda in Comics

Dystopian Futures (Turned Political Rant)

It was a strange experience to read the Divergent trilogy at the same time as watching The 100 at the same time as listening to the audiobook Cinder. All three give far-future versions of earth, and there are disturbing similarities. Every future earth has divisions of people: people who are judged better or worse than … Continue reading Dystopian Futures (Turned Political Rant)

Reading Challenges Progress Report

With April drawn to a close our year is 1/3 finished and 2/3 to go. I've read 13 books so far. PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge Full List No. 4 An audiobook Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt No. 10 cat on cover Abarat by Clive Barker No. 11 pseudonym The Girl With All The Gifts by … Continue reading Reading Challenges Progress Report

April, May reads in review

The diversity challenge for the month of April was "mental health," and though it took me a little into May to finish it, I'm counting it for April. I chose a book that had been recommended by many friends in my Facebook group for OCPD, Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder. The easiest oversimplication for OCPD I … Continue reading April, May reads in review

April Reads in Review

Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher, Dresden Files Book 8 (for more on cover art: Vincent Chong, Subterranean Press) This series of books is terrific: the main character is quirky and fun, the writing is fast and funny, the books work as stand-alones and as a arching series. In addition to Jim Butcher's great writing, and the always amusing … Continue reading April Reads in Review

What is a backlisted book?

So I had to do a little digging, because Book Date's category "backlisted book" had me stumped. By swimming against the tide of the internet sea (my Google searches wanted me to be looking for the much more common phrase, "blacklisted book," which is another way of saying "banned book") I think I reached a … Continue reading What is a backlisted book?

March Reads in Review

Allegiant by Veronica Roth This is the third and final book of the Divergent trilogy, and it is similar to its first two predecessors in being a thrilling, fast-paced read full of action and good, sparse writing. It took me a couple tries to jump back in, however, because the author does something in this book she … Continue reading March Reads in Review