Monthly Archives:: April 2014

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Links: Tuesday, April 29th

Links: Tuesday, April 29th

April 29, 2014 Links 8

The Tale of the 1970s Fashion Apocalypse X is for X-Chromosomes: The Gender Binary (Part 1) – Resisting the urge to link all of Waite’s posts has been a Herculean effort. This post on gender essentialism in romance is particularly spot on. Many a romance novel mentions how the hero/heroine… Read more »

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My Last Day Without You (2011)

My Last Day Without You (2011)

April 28, 2014 Contemporary, Reviews 2

On a one-day business trip to New York, a German business executive (Ken Duken) falls in love with a singer-songwriter (Nicole Beharie) who exposes him to her Brooklyn world and emotions he has never experienced before. Starring: Nicole Beharie, Ken Duken, Reg E. Cathey, Marlene Forte — Reading and I… Read more »

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Resources For Readers

April 27, 2014 Opinion, Reading Guide 6

In light of recent discussions about romance lacking a literary canon and being a difficult genre for new readers to get started in, we’re attempting to compile a list of resources for readers fairly new to the genre. These are not necessarily endorsements. This is an ongoing project and obviously… Read more »

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Links: Saturday, April 26th

Links: Saturday, April 26th

April 26, 2014 Links 19

Cat in a hat. Le Sheikh C’est Chic? Not So Much! – Suleikha Snyder gets on her soapbox and lays into the sheikh romance. I’ve never been comfortable reading them and she puts her thumb right on it. Why aren’t sheikh romances tagged and shelved as interracial romances? Because, to… Read more »

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Links: Thursday, April 24th

Links: Thursday, April 24th

April 24, 2014 Links 14

The noble hound. Little Miss Crabby Pants Fires The Canon – There’s been a lot of reaction to Noah Berlatsky’s Salon article but I really liked this response from Wendy the Superlibrarian. First, no book anywhere is going to be universally loved. People being people after all. What canons should… Read more »

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Murdering My Youth by Cady McClain

Murdering My Youth by Cady McClain

April 23, 2014 Non-Fiction, Reviews 0

When I purchased Murdering My Youth I didn’t expect it to be very good. With very few exceptions celebrity memoirs are awful. I ordered it anyway because I love memoirs and Cady McClain was once part of my fictional therapy. (Listen, real therapy is expensive. I replaced it by assembling… Read more »

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Dudesplaining, The April Edition

April 22, 2014 Opinion 23

Last night I was linked to Yet Another Genre Thinkpiece By Someone With A Penis Which Is Therefore Worthy Of My Time No Matter How Uninformed The Author. I ranted on Twitter (as one does) and filed it in the circular bin. Things followed the predictable cycle this morning and… Read more »

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Links: Tuesday, April 22nd

Links: Tuesday, April 22nd

April 22, 2014 Links 5

How to Give Dolls “Natural” Hair The genre debate: ‘Literary fiction’ is just clever marketing – Not the most coherent post, but I’d agree that genre definitions are often marketing distinctions rather than assessments of the books’ content. “Genre fiction” is a nasty phrase – when did genre turn into… Read more »

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Hush by Carey Baldwin

Hush by Carey Baldwin

April 21, 2014 Reviews, Romantic Suspense 0

(NOTE: Between writing this review and posting it the author has corrected the Amazon page to reflect that it is a reissued work.) I DNF’d Carey Baldwin‘s Hush for reasons that didn’t have much to do with the story. One of my absolute hottest buttons is a rewritten work issued… Read more »

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