Winner, Winner (But Not a Chicken Dinner)

You know those contest offers we all get? "Enter to win a copy of Book by Author"? And we either ignore it because "no one really wins those things" or we enter but think "I never win these things". Welp, I can't say that anymore, because I recently won a copy of the illustrated hardcover … Continue reading Winner, Winner (But Not a Chicken Dinner)

Friday Review: Dark Jenny (Eddie LaCrosse #3) by Alex Bledsoe

My rating: 4 of 5 starsEddie LaCrosse is a self-described sword jockey- an ex-mercenary turned investigator for hire. In this third installment of the series, Eddie is hired to investigate a possibly adulterous nobleman. Arriving at the castle of King Marcus Drake, Eddie is immediately pulled into the court intrigue when a knight is murdered … Continue reading Friday Review: Dark Jenny (Eddie LaCrosse #3) by Alex Bledsoe

Friday Review: The Psychic Yellow Brick Road: How to Find the Real Wizards and Avoid the Flying Monkeys by Corbie Mitleid

My rating: 4 of 5 starsIf you have ever thought about going to a medium or psychic, whether you are looking for insight or are just curious, you might want to read this book first. Written by a psychic medium who has been an active professional since 1994, this book is a firsthand guide to … Continue reading Friday Review: The Psychic Yellow Brick Road: How to Find the Real Wizards and Avoid the Flying Monkeys by Corbie Mitleid

Friday Review: The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Ellen Dalow and Terri Windling, Editors

My rating: 4 of 5 starsThe Green Man is a mythic figure that recurs in many different forms in many different folklores. He goes by many names, but he is the embodiment of Nature and its power. In this anthology, Datlow and Windling have gathered some of the best fantasy writers of the day to … Continue reading Friday Review: The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest, Ellen Dalow and Terri Windling, Editors

Friday Review: 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert

My rating: 4 of 5 starsEric Ripert is a well-known, Michelin-starred chef at one of New York's best restaurants, Le Bernardin. He grew up in the Andorra region of France, where his mother was an excellent cook, but insisted that the kitchen was no place for a boy. He adored his father and was devastated … Continue reading Friday Review: 32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line by Eric Ripert

Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

My rating: 3 of 5 starsI like food. I like to eat good food (perhaps a bit too much!). So, I generally enjoy reading the stories of the people who have worked their way through the difficult journey to professional chef. And if that chef happens to be woman, all the better, because the food … Continue reading Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton

Friday Review: Sleepwalking Backwards by Catherine Zebrowski

My rating: 4 of 5 starsAmanda is 23, gifted at mathematics, teaching at the local university, and living with her fiancĂ©. She has an obsession with astronomy and what some call an overactive imagination. When she and her fiancĂ© break up, she decides to move to a family cabin that she has loved her whole … Continue reading Friday Review: Sleepwalking Backwards by Catherine Zebrowski