Recent Reading, January 2021

Recent Reading, January 2021

I've been doing a fair amount of reading these days, which has been really great. I feel like I've found my reading mojo again--finally. So here's a few things I've read recently: First up is Eva Leigh's Union of the Rakes series. These two books were a lot of fun--fluffy Regency romance with protagonists of a scientific and economic bent, respectively....

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Reviews in Brief

Reviews in Brief

I've been reading and watching a lot of media lately, I thought it might be useful to make a log of them here. Comics I'm pretty new to reading comics, so I don't exactly have the vocabulary to write about them in a way that goes too much beyond "I liked this"--here's a selection of comics that I've read and liked. Bitch Planet, issues 1-5. I'm not sure...

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Meh Suffragettes: Courtney Milan’s The Suffragette Scandal

Sigh. I wanted to love this book. I really, really did. But I didn't. Let's back that up a bit. Of all the other books in Courtney Milan's Brothers Sinister series, I've loved them all. The Countess Conspiracy made me ugly-cry. There aren't many romances that do that to me. So I've been chewing over exactly why I didn't connect with The Suffragette Scandal...

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50 Shades of Nonsense

50 Shades of Nonsense

Oh, where to begin with this nonsense? It's a bunch of petty clickbait, that's what it is. Shame on New Republic for publishing such a poorly done article about romance.  Shame on William Giraldi for writing it--he should really know better. Or does he? Looks to me like this kind of hatchet job might just be the only kind of criticism he knows how to do....

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Love and Science: Courtney Milan’s The Countess Conspiracy

Love and Science: Courtney Milan’s The Countess Conspiracy

Oh. This book. From the dedication to the very last word--it's so good. And this review is full of spoilers because--as usual with Courtney Milan's books--it's impossible to talk about her work without them. The Countess Conspiracy is the third book in the Brothers Sinister series and it focuses on Sebastian Malheur and Violet Waterfield.  Sebastian, as...

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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.

Please do not offer me medical advice. I have something like 10 doctors and it’s already pretty challenging to keep up with what they want me to do. I do not have the bandwidth to process any advice that doesn’t come from one of my doctors, no matter how well meant the advice may be. Thank you!

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