My February Reading Log

Fiction: The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin is the second of her historical romance mysteries set in Tang Dynasty China. The heroine Mingyu, a highly trained courtesan, discovers one of her highest-ranking clients spectacularly dead and must work with big, rough-hewn Constable Kaifeng to solve the mystery and maintain her reputation. She always has to […]

My January Reading Log

Fiction: Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson is a lowkey romance that takes place just before and during World War One. The hero is a surgeon of working-class Scottish origins, the heroine is an aristocratic-class woman who becomes an ambulance driver against her parents’ wishes. Spoiler: her brother is not killed, he is the hero […]

My 2020 Arisia Schedule

I will be attending Arisia 2020 January 17-20, 2019, in Boston, Massachusetts. My schedule is as follows: Saturday, 5:30 pm, Marina 3 “Diversity in History” A.J. Odasso [moderator], Sol Eidan Houser, Diana Hsu, Victoria Janssen, Sioban Krzywicki The perennial refrain: “but having gay people/women/people of color in this fantasy story would be historically inaccurate!” Panelists […]

My October Reading Log

Fiction: The Forbidden Stars by Tim Pratt is third in the Axiom space opera series. Like the previous books, it is banter-tastic, and has a lot of clever solutions to life-threatening problems as Our Heroes try to rescue colonists who’ve been lost for a hundred years without dooming the rest of humanity in the process. […]

My 2019 Philcon Schedule

I’ll be attending Philcon this weekend, November 8-10, in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Here’s my program schedule. Saturday, November 9, 11:00 AM, Plaza 4 “AUs You Didn’t Know You Needed” Chris Bell, Aaron Feldman, Victoria Janssen, Robert C. Roman [moderator] Obi-Wan as a serial killer? A roundtable discussion of fandom’s best—or at least, most entertaining–fusions, […]

My September Reading Log

I read a lengthy anonymous review book this month, so my other reading was a bit sparse! Fiction: A Dream Defiant by Susanna Fraser is a short historical romance that I’ve been meaning to read for literally years. Set during the Napoleonic Wars, it features a black British soldier, Elijah, and a white cook, Rose, […]