Author: Jessica

Review: Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey (@jessicadhaluska, @clairebmused, @StMartinsPress)

Review: Spells of Blood and Kin by Claire Humphrey (@jessicadhaluska, @clairebmused, @StMartinsPress)

To begin, for all of you non-English majors: Postmodern literature: is a form of literature which is marked, both stylistically and ideologically, by a reliance on such literary conventions as fragmentation, paradox, unreliable narrators, often unrealistic and downright impossible plots, games, parody, paranoia, dark humor and authorial self-reference. Postmodern authors tend to reject outright meanings […]

— Posted June 10, 2016 by Jessica / 3 Comments
My complicated relationship with GRRM and a short-term farewell

My complicated relationship with GRRM and a short-term farewell

First let’s get the temporary farewell out of the way: I’ve been dealing with some health issues—nothing to worry about, but it’s going to require some lifestyle adjustment—so I’m taking the month of May off from the blog to . . . recalibrate. Also, I have one sister graduating from college and another getting married, […]

— Posted April 29, 2016 by Jessica / 17 Comments
DNF Roundup: Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak, Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter, and Wicked as They Come by Delilah Devlin

DNF Roundup: Black City Saint by Richard A. Knaak, Shadow Rites by Faith Hunter, and Wicked as They Come by Delilah Devlin

The kindle cleanup continues! Despite all of these falling somewhere under the UF/PNR umbrella, they’re a diverse bunch, if only in my expectations. DNF at 16%. BLACK CITY SAINT was one of my most anticipated new UFs. With a description involving Fae, dragons, and prohibition era Chicago, how could it not be? However . . […]

— Posted April 27, 2016 by Jessica / 7 Comments
DNF Roundup, YA edition: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine, Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, and Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

DNF Roundup, YA edition: The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine, Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman, and Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

First of all, I want to say, it’s not that I’ve had particularly bad luck with books these last few weeks, it’s that I haven’t had any luck at all—I haven’t read a new book in weeks (I know, GASP!!)—so I’ve been making good use of the time by cleaning up my iPad of various […]

— Posted April 22, 2016 by Jessica / 8 Comments
Review: Vikings, season 2 (@jessicadhaluska, @HistoryVikings)

Review: Vikings, season 2 (@jessicadhaluska, @HistoryVikings)

In the second season of VIKINGS, the storyline develops greatly, introducing new characters and expanding old ones. BUT, unfortunately, all Travis Fimmel (the actor portraying main character Ragnar Lothbrok) does is overact. Chief in his acting repertoire is his ability to imitate Brad Pitt, but this time around he consistently overshoots. Instead of communicating the […]

— Posted April 20, 2016 by Jessica / 5 Comments
DNF Review: The Reburialists by J.C. Nelson

DNF Review: The Reburialists by J.C. Nelson

I’m going to keep this one short and simple. A couple years ago, I tried to read the first installment of Nelson’s GRIMM AGENCY series, Free Agent. It did not go well: “She didn’t look like a princess. She looked like a college intern for a radio station. Five foot three, strawberry blonde, and a […]

— Posted April 15, 2016 by Jessica / 7 Comments
Review: Vikings, season 1

Review: Vikings, season 1

I knew about five minutes into the first episode of VIKINGS that I wanted to review it, which was surprising. Not that I wanted to review it (book-funky = desperate measures), but that it qualified. VIKINGS is the “breakout” TV series from the History Channel, you see. HISTORY CHANNEL. So no matter how much Viking […]

— Posted April 13, 2016 by Jessica / 11 Comments
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