{book} mirrors

Zetta Elliott offered a free copy of her book to interested reviewers. Please do not believe that I proceeded to read and review The Magic Mirror with bias. If you’ve spent any real length of time here on ‘omphaloskepsis’, you know I’m a fair and balanced reviewer, but I felt it should be clarified nonetheless. The MagicContinue reading “{book} mirrors”

{film} ginger and rosa

Ginger (Elle Fanning) and Rosa (Alice Englert) have been best friends since their birth in the year 1945.  As the opening footage reminds us, this is the year the bomb was dropped in Hiroshima (& Nagasaki). The pair are now 17 in 1962 London and looking to declare their independence from their mothers once more.  ThisContinue reading “{film} ginger and rosa”

{television} finding miss fisher

It is 1920s Melbourne and the sophisticated Miss Phryne Fisher is fearless in the face of injustice as a lady detective and woman. The Australian television drama series Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was one of our favorite finds of 2013. Created by Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger and based on novels by Kerry Greenwood, itsContinue reading “{television} finding miss fisher”

a mighty good picture book

Day 13: The Mighty Lalouche by Mathew Olshan and illus by Sophie Blackall Schwartz & Wade Books, 2013 “One hundred and a few-odd years ago, in Paris, France, there lived a humble postman named Lalouche” (1). When he is let go from the postal service and needing work, he finds that the skills that madeContinue reading “a mighty good picture book”

{comics} womanthology: the past & present

I’ve a few sections more…and I’m debating hosting a giveaway.  I cannot (presently) afford the cost/shipping of Heroic, but there are installments of Space that look doable. I’ve birthday money that may persuade me to at least makes sure a copy of Heroic ends up in your local (public or school) library… Yes? No? WouldContinue reading “{comics} womanthology: the past & present”

{book} grave mercy

Escaping from the brutality of an arranged marriage, seventeen-year-old Ismae finds sanctuary at the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts — and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent,Continue reading “{book} grave mercy”

{book} the magic half

Fairy tales and science fiction* make the odd pairing in The Magic Half. Magic makes the time-travel easier—at least to explain, anyway. And The Magic Half may be a nice introduction to time-travelling for the younger set; as well as serve as a reminder of the perils of being a sibling, an orphan, and/or livingContinue reading “{book} the magic half”

the red umbrella

The Red Umbrella by Christina Diaz Gonzalez Alfred A. Knopf, 2010. Hardback, 272 pages. Cuba, 1961:  Two years after the communist revolution, Lucía still leads a carefree life, dreaming of parties and her first crush. But when the soldiers come to her small town, everything begins to change. Suddenly the revolution hits home. Freedoms areContinue reading “the red umbrella”

brilliant, as always…

Airman by Eoin Colfer. Hyperion, 2008 Hardback, 416 pages.   Conor Broekhart was born to fly.  In fact, legend has it that he was born flying in a hot air balloon at the world”s fair. In the 1890″s Conor and his family live on the sovereign Saltee Islands, off the Irish coast. Conor spends hisContinue reading “brilliant, as always…”