Sidelines, Lois McMaster Bujold

Sidelines, Lois McMaster Bujold

As I mentioned last week, I recently picked up a copy of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Sidelines, her collection of speeches, essays, travel notes, and other bits and pieces she’s collected over the past 30 years or so.  While I pretty much mined the genre stuff out of the book for the post linked to above, there’s still plenty of interesting stuff in there, and...

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A Man Lay Dead, Ngaio Marsh

A Man Lay Dead, Ngaio Marsh

In hindsight, rereading Ngaio Marsh’s A Man Lay Dead directly after Josephine Tey’s The Franchise Affair might have been a mistake.  Stylistically, the two do not compare: Tey is by far the better stylist, and her characters have much more depth than Marsh’s. It’s a bit of an unfair comparison, though, for several reasons.  First, A Man Lay Dead was...

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The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

The Fry Chronicles, Stephen Fry

“If a thing can be said in ten words, I may be relied upon to take a hundred to say it. I ought to apologize for that. I ought to prune, pare and extirpate excess growth, but I will not. I like words - strike that, I love words - and while I am fond of the condensed and economical use of them in poetry, in song lyrics, in Twitter, in good journalism and...

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The Wilder Life, Wendy McClure

The Wilder Life, Wendy McClure

Back when I wrote my post about the forthcoming Pioneer Girl and talked about the website set up for it, a number of people made it clear to me that I really needed to find a copy of Wendy McClure’s The Wilder Life and read it. Far be it from me to ignore my faithful readers, so the next time I was poking around on Amazon, I added it to my cart.  Since...

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Between the Wars

Between the Wars

When I was a junior in high school, and good grief, that was a long time ago now, we did a unit on poetry that most people groaned over. Now, to be fair, the vast majority of my classmates groaned over just about everything, and I suspect our teacher was used to that and just carried on, hoping that one day something would inspire us--or at least make the...

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Hello! I'm Natalie Luhrs.

I write about books, culture, disability, and whatever else strikes my fancy. I have many opinions.

I am a two-time Hugo Award finalist, in 2017 for Best Fan Writer and in 2021 for my essay “George R.R. Martin Can Fuck Off Into the Sun, Or: The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony (Rageblog Edition)” in the Best Related Work category.

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