the Little Red Reviewer


Hi there!

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, Yoon Ha Lee, 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, combined to over 500 book reviews.

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.


Some Q & A for those of you who are still reading:


Do you write negative reviews?  Yes.  Sometimes a book didn’t work for me, sometimes it had problems.  I’m getting better at being respectful.


Do your reviews have spoilers?  If the book is old, probably. I don’t feel bad spoiling a book that is 50 years old.  I think I recently gave some spoilers to a book that was only 10 years old.


I messaged you on twitter to review my book, why won’t you review by book?   Trust me, it’s not you, it’s me.  I have very, VERY limited time to read, and it takes me forever to write a review.  So I will prioritize books that I want to read over books that other people want me to read.


How come you didn’t reply to my comment on your post?  Again, it’s not you, it’s me. I am an introvert with social anxiety. I struggle to respond to text messages that my best friend sent me.


Didn’t you used to write for SFSignal? and didn’t you used to do interviews at Apex Magazine? Yep! I loved those two gigs! Best experiences of my life!


What’s your five year plan?   to be the cougar at a Fallout Boy concert.




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some of the books reviewed here were free ARCs supplied by publishers/authors/other groups. Some of the books here I got from the library. the rest I *gasp!* actually paid for. I'll do my best to let you know what's what.
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