All Grown Up: A Top Ten List

Often what we read and fall in love with as children sticks with us long into adulthood – this is true of me, at the very least. While beloved classics of my childhood may not hold up under my more discerning adult scrutiny (ahem, Nancy Drew), that does not mean that I don’t get allContinue reading “All Grown Up: A Top Ten List”

The Universe in Miniature in Miniature by Patrick Somerville

Did you know that Albert Einstein originally used Gedanken experiments to explore his illegal sexual fantasies? No? Neither did I. According to the book jacket of Patrick Somerville’s excellent short story collection The Universe in Miniature in Miniature, it’s true. It is, apparently, a fun fact. Since these stories have elements of science (groan), didContinue reading “The Universe in Miniature in Miniature by Patrick Somerville”

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Public Speaking (pəblik spēking), noun: The process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listener. Something Rory should not do. Four weeks ago I talked about THE day. The day where I spoke in public to people who paid for the privilege. IfContinue reading “The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi”

Hitchers by Will McIntosh

Finn Darby is a mild-mannered widower who also happens to be the cartoonist of one of the most successful comic strips in the country. He resurrected the strip from his late grandfather, the original creator, who was a less than endearing gentleman (horrendous and despicable are too kind). When a wide scale terrorist attack claimsContinue reading “Hitchers by Will McIntosh”