Black Wave

I cannot even begin to describe Black Wave.

It’s Michelle Tea.

I wanted to throw it across the room, often. So it took me a long, long time to finish.

It’s Michelle Tea.

Fiction. Memoir. Fiction. Memoir. Fantasy. Memoir. Matt Dillon. Fiction. Dystopian Fiction. Memoir.

Madness.

It’s Michelle Tea.

The Lotterys Plus One

I’m not sure what I expected from a children’s book written by Emma Donoghue but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t The Lotterys Plus One. Oh sure, I expected an LGBTQ family but this family? Not so much, lol.

There are FOUR parents, a lesbian couple and a gay couple. They have quirky names like PopCorn and CardaMom. The kids are all named after trees, except for Briar… she changed her name to Brian, and while she is adamant about NOT being a GIRl, she’s also not saying she’s a BOY. Gender is hard, or really simple — take your pick, both are true.

Besides the fact that there are eight zillion people in this book, all with quirky names, and you have to try to keep track of who is who you also have to deal with the fact that the family has weird names for EVERYTHING. Family meetings are called “fleetings,” the back porch of the house is called the “derriere,” the extra bedroom is called “spare oom,” something isn’t excellent, it’s egg salad… this is all a little overwheling. It’s fun, but on top of the all of the weird family names, it’s messy.

In fact everything about this book is messy, which is why you should absolutely read it.

The family is super messy and quirky and I kind of love them, even if I could do without the weird/cutesy names. The children came to the family in a variety of ways and have a variety of ethnicity, personalities, (and some issues.) Some were biological to some of the parents. One has what’s probably ADHD, one is a shaken baby.

And then there’s the grandfather… the one who has messy problems of his own, the least of which is that he’s an old white conservative dude from a small town in Canada and he things families should be made up of one man, one woman, and hopefully the same race/ethnicity. He also thinks people should behave in more traditional ways. And, there’s more… he is the plus one in this story, and he is what drives the plot line.

Donoghue throws a lot into this one tiny book and in the end, I loved it. I could do with fewer odd names/language choices but I get it. The family is quirky. I’ll take them as they are (and TW says there are or will be more books, so I’ll read them.)

Everfair

Well, that took forever and now that I’ve finished I can’t figure out why I didn’t quit Everfair (like TW did.)

It’s an alternate history afro-steampunk story (with a few lesbian/bi characters) which sounds like something I should really enjoy, right? That’s what I kept telling myself. And I did enjoy a line here and there or a page or two every now and then. I wanted to like it. I should have liked it but I really just didn’t.

Great idea. Great topic. Poorly executed.

Girl Mans Up

Girl Mans Up was excellent. Identity is complicated and Pen is FIERCE. I love her. (And everyone needs a brother (or a sister) like Johnny.)

I really think their photo project was brilliant, too. I wonder if there are any kids who’ve tried this…

#Readathon Book Four: The Abyss Surrounds Us

Liz Henry talked about The Abyss Surrounds us a few weeks ago on Facebook and I decided we needed to read it. It was excellent! Totally awesome for #readathon. Trained killer sea creatures, a female pirate captain, a couple of lesbians. Really excellent. And, even better — it ended perfectly. I like that.

It’s getting late, I’m getting tired and since I don’t have a bunch of picture books and early readers this time around, it’s time to move to the world of cookbooks and over-sized coffee table books to carry me through the next couple of hours.

The Darkest Part of the Forest

Why is it that all of my audiobook holds come in all at once? Grrrr. Anyway…

Holly Black, on audio, FTW!

I don’t think anyone writes faeries as well as Holly Black. Seriously. The Darkest Part of the Forest was as creepy as you’d expect and as good as you’d expect, from a Holly Black YA novel. Hazel might be my favorite of all of Black’s characters. OK maybe not but I liked her. Sir Hazel… awesome.

Imprudence

I love The Custard Protocol books almost as much as the Soulless books. Really. Imprudence was awesome. I’d been wondering about Pru’s father and how the transfer of his pack to a new alpha might go. Now I know. Also, FLOOTE is awesome. So is Miss Sekhmet, heh.

I also want to point out that pages 92/93 were the saddest thing ever. (The pack! Biffy! Pru! Really??? REALLY?)

Poppy Jenkins

First, the fact that I was able to get this book from my library is a great example of an awesome library system at work.

I saw this Poppy Jenkins review and thought I’d like to read it. So, I went to both of my libraries websites and it obviously wasn’t available. I wanted to read it enough that I went to the ILL site and requested it. I got an email shortly thereafter saying I couldn’t request a book that had been published less than six months ago, (oops, I didn’t know that was a rule), and the ILL would simply recommend MY library PURCHASE the book.

I didn’t think much about it after that, because what are the odds? Turns out, the odds are high because a couple of weeks later, my library had bought the book and it was waiting for me to pick up. THAT is awesomesauce.

The book? Poppy Jenkins wasn’t awesomesauce but it wasn’t bad, either. I liked Roselyn better than Poppy. A lot better. I just rolled my eyes at Poppy, over and over again.

Four Graphic Novels

Readathons, even #fakereadathons, mean I get to spend some time catching up on graphic novels and these four were excellent. All four of them.

Roller Girl was awesome. I loved everything about it. I hope there are more Roller Girl books.

Next, I read March Book 2 and it was good, obviously, because John Lewis, y’all.

After that, Sunny Side Up. Poor kid. This was well written and well drawn. I didn’t expect much from it and was very pleasantly surprised.

Last, but not least, Honor Girl. Loved it. And, shockingly, I loved the ending. Some people probably didn’t – those “I want a happy endinggggg.” kinds of people. Nope. It ended exactly as it should have.

Time Slip Girl

TW found Time Slip Girl just sitting on the shelf at the Alachua County library. (It’s always nice to find lesbian fiction out in the wild.) It was ok — pretty standard stuff for a small self-publishing press. Nothing to write home about but not that gosh awful, either.