My Readercon 2018 Schedule

I’ll be attending Readercon 29 July 12-15, 2018 in Quincy, Massachusetts. My schedule is below. Thursday, 9:00 pm, Salon 6 “Living in Material Worlds, Part 1: Fabric Goods in Fictional Settings” In many post-apocalyptic landscapes and colony worlds, everyone has clothing but no one ever talks about where it came from. Who wove the cloth […]

My April Reading Log

Fiction: River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey posits an extremely clever alternate American history in which hippo ranching took over the Mississippi Delta and other areas before the Civil War. Set in the 1890s, the plot follows an eccentric group of hoppers (hippo wranglers/riders) who are contracted to remove a herd of dangerous feral hippos […]

My WisCon 2018 Schedule

Here’s my updated Wiscon schedule. Friday, 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Conference 2 “Caveman Issues: Evolution Narratives in SciFi” Victoria Janssen [moderator], Seth Frost, Lesley Hall, Anonymous Scifi loves to play with evolution, from de-evolution machines and “beer bad, tree pretty” to cavemen who miraculously wake up in the present day and have to sell […]

Love is in the Details: Crooked Hearts by Patricia Gaffney

I was a late convert to Patricia Gaffney’s novels. I’m not sure how that happened; back when I first became interested in romance novels, in the mid-1990s, I deliberately sought out classic novels in the genre. Perhaps in my catching up on older novels, I missed what was then current. It wasn’t until the summer […]

My March Reading Log

Fiction: A Conspiracy in Belgravia by Sherry Thomas entertained me just as much as the first book in the series, and I am really bummed the third book isn’t out yet. I love the many female characters and the complexities of their relationships, as well as the aristocratic brothers who serve as, respectively, unattainable love […]

Stuart’s Coat: Sartorial Eroticism in Untie My Heart by Judith Ivory

Untie My Heart (2002) was Judith Ivory’s final romance novel, and I’d like to tell you about the hero’s fur coat. Well, that and the infamous “chair scene.” The heroine of Untie My Heart, Emma Hotchkiss, is a former con artist who’s become a sheep farmer in Yorkshire. The hero is Stuart Aysgarth, Viscount Mount […]