Author: Alexandra

In Review: November Round Up

This has been an exceptionally busy month for me, both on the blog front, and writing in general. Oddly enough, despite all the words written, hardly any of them were for reviews. And of those books I did read in November, one was a re-read for SciFiMonth. I hope to do better in December. Especially as this last month saw an upsurge in interest from Authors and Publishers alike, in my reviewing work for them. Author and journalist, Laura Fahrenthold, reached out to me, asking if I would be interested in reviewing her upcoming, The Pink Steering Wheel Chronicles: A Love Story. To which I said yes. How could I say otherwise? Laura is writing about the tragedy that struck her life, and her family, and recounts how she decided to deal with the loss, on her own terms. She bought an RV, took her kids and their dog, and drove across the United States and Canada in search of healing and understanding. Title: THE PINK STEERING WHEEL CHRONICLES Author: Laura Fahrenthold Publisher: Hatherleigh Press …

Let’s Play Word Games

Those who know me, and those who know me well, know that I love to collect words. All sorts of words. But I also collect puns, sayings, and snippets that I find of value, whether it’s to remind me of who I am and where I fit in, to quotes that make me laugh and smile. One of the fun things I collect are play on words, as in: AUCTION FEVER — more bid curiosity FINGER PAINTING — handscapes ANTIQUE SHOW — fun at the circas LEADING ARTIST — top drawer

In Space, No One Can Hear You …

In space no one can hear you, what, scream? Okay, hands up, I was going to be a tad naughty, and add the word … but then decided to keep this post clean. Which brings me to today’s topic. Does no one ever go to the bathroom in fantasy and SF novels? I mean, come on, people. Does no one fart, or burp, eat, drink, fornicate or … okay, I’ve read a few fantasy books with most if not all of this list. But in SF, it’s like everyone exists in a vacuum—yes, I love me a good pun—that is, we read some great world building, have intense moments with characters hellbent on saving the universe, lasers fizzling through the primordial ether, as sentient spaceships battle the unseen enemy. We read about diplomatic first contact with Foreigners. Fight off alien invasions, subvert god-like Emperors on desert planets, in far-flung futures. We hop across the galaxy through ancient alien star-gates, to myriad worlds beyond our imagination. We fight off merciless virus outbreaks, and nature gone wild, …

Top 5 Tuesday: My Top 5 Winter Reads

Welcome to another Top 5 Tuesday, hosted by the Bionic Bookworm herself, Shanah! This weeks topic for the last Tuesday in November is probably fitting, as we head into the December and the winter months. Given my book haul from last week, plus any number of books still unread for SciFiMonth, I think I need to get myself sorted, and get reading. While I might be choosing these books as potentials, that doesn’t mean they’re going to get read in a timely fashion. My track record this last month has been deplorable. But then, I was doing way too much in November, so maybe I can sit back and enjoy a good read through out the weeks leading up to Christmas. Anyway, here are my choices: SCYTHE by Neal Shusterman Inspired to get a hold of a copy after reading Christina’s review, over at Recipe and Read. Not only was her enthusiasm infectious, but the premise for this one has me intrigued — that of a population in the far future controlled (and culled) by …

I’m A Science Fiction Nerd And — This Is My Genre #Tag

How perfect in SciFiMonth that Norrie over at, Reading Under The Blankie, tagged me to talk more about my favourite genre—which just happens to be, science fiction. As if I haven’t stopped all month boring everyone with my book and author recommendations, here’s me talking a little bit more about the genre I love. This tag was created by Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek. What is your favourite genre? Ha! As if readers stopping by my blog don’t already now, but in case you didn’t, it’s science fiction. And the even broader umbrella: speculative fiction. Who is your favourite author in this genre? One? Only one? You’re kidding me … I’d have to say, as a child, maybe Robert A. Heinlein, but in my teenage years it was probably Anne McCaffrey and C. J. Cherryh I read the most. It’s hard to choose only one. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back? I’ve said it before, it’s the sheer scope and range of the genre that’s epic: from space opera, …