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Selma Wolfe

Writes books about women who kick ass, and men who are into that.


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Becoming the Villainess
Jeannine Hall Gailey
At the Mountains of Madness and Other Tales of Terror
H.P. Lovecraft
Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans Will Survive a Mass Extinction
Annalee Newitz
"Interviewer: What you're doing is the best stuff in the papers.

Bill Watterson: Thank you very much; it's gratifying to hear that from people who care about comic art. I never know what to make of it when someone writes to say, "Calvin and Hobbes is the best strip in the paper. I like it even more than Nancy." Ugh.

Interviewer: That's Andy Warhol's favorite strip.

Bill Watterson: Oh, well, that would figure. Maybe he's the nut writing me."

1987 interview with Honk magazine

A Conversation Too Long For Twitter, But Too Short for a Blog Post

Husband: "I like this picture. You look so happy in it."

Me: "Of course I look happy; we were at a dinosaur museum."

Husband: "We were? I didn't know that."

Me: "Well for one thing, there's a fucking dinosaur behind us."

Ashes  - Ilsa J. Bick Shadows - Ilsa J. Bick Monsters  - Ilsa J. Bick

I really love this series in a way that I don't wholly and unreservedly love most books.


I loved it at first because of its heroine, Alex, who is (that dreaded phrase) a "strong female character". And she is, but she's more than that - she's a whole person, one who even in hopeless circumstances retains hope and humanity, but who isn't indomitable; who has breaking points. During the second and third books I came to love the other characters that get pulled into the limelight too. Bick does a fantastic job of humanizing people who make horrible, impossible choices.


The books go at breakneck speed, particularly book two and three. Generally that's a good thing, but I could've used a little room to breathe. It got to the point where there were literally dozens of chapters in a row all ending in massive cliffhangers. But there's a LOT of material in these books, so I get that there wasn't really space for more breathing room. Just be prepared for a wild ride.

Disney Sequel Reviews - The Hunchback of Notre Dame II

Dear Disney: you made a movie about a hunchback and a persecuted ethnic minority being pursued by a villain whose motivation is lust and revenge. Do not feel the need to add singing gargoyles who make fart jokes. Love, Selma.
Seeking consistent tone...
All this is to say that in The Hunchback of Notre Dame II, Disney made the genius decision to dial Esemerelda and its villain way down, and to turn the gargoyles and Quasimodo up to 11. And to give him a proto-Bella Swan klutzariffic love interest. And to center the movie around a nonexistent love festival that depends on a bell, as all decent love festivals do. Good plan!


Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders - Curt Gentry, Vincent Bugliosi

Halfway through now - at the beginning there's about 50 pages worth of lurid details about the murders, and I was worried this wasn't going to be my thing, since I'm more interested in the legal process and the circumstances behind the crime. I get the feeling that someone told Bugliosi to stick that in to gather interest though, because sure enough this turns right into a prodedural book. Fascinating if you're interested in the behind-the-scenes of law enforcement, particularly in the cooperation (or lack thereof) between different agencies.

[reblog] Spoiler tags

Reblogged from meltem:

For everyone who doesn't want to mark the entire post as the spoiler and can be bothered to tinker with html, I found a simple code here:




(Click on "view source" icon to the right to get the clear html popup.)


Not ideal, but it will serve for now. If you use multiple ones, be sure to give them ID. (Where it says "spoiler" or 'spoiler', just add something, like make it "spoiler01"/'spoiler01'.)


If I find a better one, I'll let you know.


I also want to apologise to anyone following me in case my imported reviews from GR pop up on their dashboard; I don't have time to fix them as they come up. Please bear with me for a little while.


Cinderella II: Dreams Come True Review

Dreams do come true... so whatever person wished for a Cinderella sequel, know that I hate you. Just know that.

Shattered Dreams: My Life as a Polygamist's Wife - Irene Spencer

Such compelling writing; this truly reads like a novel. And one of her sister wives also wrote a book, which I know I'm going to end up buying.