Category Archives: fantasy

“Our survival honors ancestors more than any tradition”

#sorrynotsorry!  I can’t refrain from posting one more mer-story this month, because it’s so good.  At least it’s not selkies this time! ^_^; Rivers Solomon, et al.  The Deep.  New York: Saga Press, 2019. Rating:  5 out of 5 combs … Continue reading

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The Great Selkie Post

The time has come, the Walrus said. It’s time to dive deep into one of my favorite sub-genres of mer-story.  It’s time to re-cap twenty-three years of very scholarly research into this most fin-tastic feature of Celtic/Arctic/Greek mythology. It’s time … Continue reading

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“It is the tide that pulls the seconds through my blood. It is the tide that threads the minutes through my bones.”

Part Three of my Selkie Series *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  * Franny Billingsley.  The Folk Keeper.  New York: Atheneum, 1999. Rating:  4.95 out of 5 amber beads tossed into the sea for smooth sailing. Recommended if … Continue reading

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“But once in a rare while they come late to the changing.”

Part Two of my Selkie Series *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  *  ~  * Emily Whitman.  The Turning.  New York: Greenwillow Books, 2018. Rating:  4.9 out of 5 gold doubloons that may or may not be real. Recommended if … Continue reading

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“You’re here to put an end to us, and a Selkie without a skin is no concern of Faerie’s.”

Ahoy, Bookwyrms!  I’ve decided to start the new decade with a four-part series looking back at one of my favorite literary/folkloric subjects of all time: SELKIES!!!   The first three posts will be reviews — two new reads and a nostalgic favorite, … Continue reading

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A very 90s ghost story…about the magic of literacy!

Holy snapdragons, Bookwyrms! It’s my 200th post!!! In honor of this momentous occasion, I’ve decided to rrrrrrewind to one of my other favorite 90s kids’ shows, which inspired me to become a lifelong literacy activist.  Through the magic of YouTube, … Continue reading

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Ten years under hill, over dale, beneath the waves, on faery trails…

Happy December, Bookwyrms and La-La Landers everywhere! Welcome to the final Year-End Review of the 2010s!  Ten years ago, 24-year-old Neri decided to ignore the call of Srs Adulthood and instead doubled down on her obsession with stories for and … Continue reading

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Salted caramel, with extra foam…

An October Report, of sorts. Due to Real World complications and Other Projects, I’m taking a bit longer to read the latest October Days novel than I’d hoped.  Therefore, rather than a full book review, I would like to offer … Continue reading

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Summer of ’69 / ’94 / ’19

Alakazam, Postcardians!  #notsorry, but I did suggest in my previous post (now private) that “Goodbye for Now” might turn into “Merely a Hiatus,” and/or that I might take a break from Other Big Projects to sneak in a post or … Continue reading

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The 2018 Review

Welcome, Postcardians, to another celebration of a year in La-La Land!  Have a metaphorical seat by the imaginary fireplace, and enjoy a virtual taste of my grandmother’s gingerbread mushrooms! * Overview * First, a big Thank You!!! to everyone who … Continue reading

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