{book} a new(er) Flavia de Luce

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust A Flavia de Luce Novel, book 7 By Alan Bradley ARC via NetGalley w/ gratitude to Delacorte Press* Release Date January 6, 2015. “Hard on the heels of the return of her mother’s body from the frozen reaches of the Himalayas, Flavia, for her indiscretions, is banished from herContinue reading “{book} a new(er) Flavia de Luce”

{book} the dead in their vaulted arches

>>a spoiler-free review<< The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches (Flavia de Luce Novel #6) by Alan Bradley ARC thanks to Delacorte Press and NetGalley release date: January 2014 “Young chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce once again brings her knowledge of poisons and her indefatigable spirit to solve the most dastardly crimes the EnglishContinue reading “{book} the dead in their vaulted arches”

{book} fly by night

Hopefully we will be seeing more and more of guest: N to the point she will have a regular “column” with clever name and logo and everything. This would be a really good thing. It is always good to see her and it was a pleasant surprise when she sent me the file for today’sContinue reading “{book} fly by night”

{book} adams’ hitchhiker’s guide

{“A Suprised Looking Whale and Bowl of Petunias” by Jonathan Burton} The daughter is stopping in to share: The inaccurately named Hitchhiker’s Trilogy. I find it flabbergasting that one can lay in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1971, being faintly drunk and having a horrible day overall, and brilliantly (though slightly deliriously) come upContinue reading “{book} adams’ hitchhiker’s guide”

{book} my name is mina

Do you ever have the urge to write an author and transcriptionally hug and kiss them because of your profound gratitude for their having been born and having written this one particular book? I usually hug the book instead. And I’ve been hugging My Name is Mina the past few days. I should really write thoseContinue reading “{book} my name is mina”

{book} old man’s war

When Carl V. (of Stainless Steel Droppings) highly recommends a book*, read it—you’ll be grateful. John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War is incredibly fun; a wonderfully rendered sci-fi adventure with a very sweet love story. I read very few space Sci-Fi stories (I watch exponentially more). I read even fewer novels where the protagonists are inContinue reading “{book} old man’s war”

Love : Bayou

Bayou : volume one by Jeremy Love colors by Patrick Morgan DC Comics, 2009. orig. web-comic at zudacomics.com (volume one = first four chapters = (?) 8 on-line  installments) It is 1933 in Charon Mississippi and 10-year-old Lee Wagstaff’s father has fallen into trouble; and, in a way, it is the bayou’s fault. “The bayou is aContinue reading “Love : Bayou”


A Red Herring without Mustard: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley Delacorte Press, 2011. 399 pages, hardcover. Award-winning author Alan Bradley returns with another beguiling novel starring the insidiously clever and unflappable eleven-year-old sleuth Flavia de Luce. The precocious chemist with a passion for poisons uncovers a fresh slew of misdeeds in theContinue reading “delicious”

truth & consequences

Carl V. over at Stainless Steel Droppings wrote a fantastic (spoiler-free) review for Paolo Bacigalupi’s YA novel and 2011 Printz Winner Ship Breaker. His synopsis is better than the dust jacket at giving you the gist and luring you into the read: Ship Breaker, inspired in part by the actual industry for which it isContinue reading “truth & consequences”

the thread that holds

The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag: A Flavia de Luce Mystery (book 2) by Alan Bradley Delacorte Press, 2010. 364 pages (hardback).   I am not sure you will read a better review of Alan Bradley’s The Weed that Strings the Hangman’s Bag than Carl V.’s review over at Stainless Steel Droppings. As IContinue reading “the thread that holds”