My name is Andrea, and I live in Michigan with my husband and too many books. My favorite genres of speculative fiction include space opera, new weird, low fantasy, and that gorgeous poetic stuff that C.S.E Cooney and Catherynne Valente write that I have no idea how to categorize. I read a lot of new stuff, but I try to read a lot of old stuff too. An incomplete list of my favorite authors includes Steven Brust, N.K. Jemisin, Scott Lynch, Benjanun Sriduangkaew, Jeff Vandermeer, Iain M. Banks, Robert Jackson Bennett, Will McIntosh, Cordwainer Smith, Frank Herbert, and the aforementioned Catherynne Valente and Claire Cooney.
My reviewing style is, erm, impressionistic. You know, like the painters? All of my weird metaphors make perfect sense to me because reading is like swimming through sand, phrases have texture and physical weight, and songs on the radio have taste and color. Sometimes falling through the right words is more like flying than swimming because all of my senses get mixed up. And sometimes I “review” a book without actually reviewing it at all. Sometimes I spent 1200 words trying to articulate how much I loved a book, and sometimes I spent 1200 words to explain why I think a book didn’t work. This site contains positive reviews, critical reviews, observational reviews, not-reviews, and everything in between.
Due to the aforementioned too many books, I am currently unable to accept review requests.
I recently started another blog for “girl stuff” – cooking, hormones, PMS, the hell that is shopping for blue jeans, all the fun girl stuff that us ladies get to deal with. I have started posting recipes there. You can visit that site here.
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