Book Review: Lost Voices, by Sarah Porter

With all of the YA paranormal romances out there, it’s difficult to find something that deals with subjects other than “Who will be my true love?” Lost Voices, by Sarah Porter, is one of those books that tells a different story: that of a young girl who transforms into a mermaid, and of how she must not only learn how to navigate her way through the complicated dynamics of her new-found tribe, but who also must come to terms with what she now is and learn how to control the new abilities that come with it. Read More Book Review: Lost Voices, by Sarah Porter

Persephone Postcards: Great Falls, Montana

We often hear the stereotype that Montana is full of cowboys, Republicans, and giant snowdrifts. Sometimes, it is. Still, that’s not all we have here. Read More Persephone Postcards: Great Falls, Montana

Science News: 11/13/13

Happy Wednesday, everybody! Lots of good news this week, from asteroids that aren’t going to kill us all to several awesome new species (and babies of everyone’s favorite new species of the year). Also, updates on the supposed global wine shortage and early puberty epidemic. On the terrible end of the spectrum, though, there’s Haiyan. Read More Science News: 11/13/13

Record Machine: “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond (and the Legendary Piano Pat)

If I believed in guilty pleasures as an excuse, I would concede that this song would rank among many a person’s list. “Sweet Caroline” is a big, triumphant song that begs for group singalongs, and I have discovered the original 45 rpm single in my inherited collection.

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Book Review: Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

“And oh, I want so much to sing. I tell myself no. But it is so hard to keep silent. So hard.” So says Sirena, the title character in Donna Jo Napoli’s young adult novel, a story of love between a young Greek soldier and a mermaid during the Trojan War. Read More Book Review: Sirena by Donna Jo Napoli

Science News Roundup: 7/10/12

What a week, y’all. We found out that the Higgs boson is real and that mermaids aren’t (I wish I were kidding about the latter, on multiple levels). And for the second time, I have to link to a BBC article about penguin poo. I’m starting to think they’ve got a fetish. Off we go! Read More Science News Roundup: 7/10/12

Recap: Doctor Who 6.03 “Curse of the Black Spot”

Lily Cole scares the crap out of some pirates, Matt Smith is adorable, and Johnny Depp does not make a cameo in this week’s standalone episode of Doctor Who. I’m feeling itchy just writing about it, because there is a timehead baby mystery to solve, and we’re just standing around playing swordfighting in funny hats. Read More Recap: Doctor Who 6.03 “Curse of the Black Spot”