Category Archives: LGBTQIA

“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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“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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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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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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Ghastly Ever After: Twisted Myths for teens and up

At our final stop on this frightful journey through Faerie Land, the bloody-footed mermaid at the door gives us three collections of terrifying tales rated Teen-and-up.  These are tales of blood-thirsty gods, angels of death, and demonic Cinderellas.  Tales of … Continue reading

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Grimm and Grimmer: twisted fairy tales for more mature trick-or-treaters

We continue our Halloween journey, collecting five scary tales for middle-grade and older readers.  The Scare-o-Meter ratings are more varied here; the mildest story gets a 5, the scariest one a solid 10. These stories teach us Very Important Lessons, … Continue reading

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“The spirits of this world, they don’t stay dead for long.”

Kheryn Callender.  Hurricane Child.  New York: Scholastic, 2018. Rating:  3.75 out of 5 running girls who burst into a cloud of moths. As summer dies down, I’m going to give you a preview of Halloween Month, with a book about a … Continue reading

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My Top 6 bookish podcasts

First, a big THANK YOU to everyone who gave me their uplifting book recommendations in response to my last post. I am definitely going to check some of those out this Fall and Winter.  I’m especially looking forward to re-reading … Continue reading

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And how’s YOUR summer job? (mermaid edition)

Ah, the summer job.  A classic coming-of-age experience for many teens —  a chance to learn responsibility, gain new skills, and earn some extra clams.  My first job back in high school was, of course, shelving books at my hometown … Continue reading

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