GNBC: December Selection


Saga Press

So, I’ve got to be honest with you readers. After several months of selecting different reads for our GeekyNerdy Book Club, I was a little unsure about what direction to go in for the final selection of the year. To be sure, I mentioned a couple of options in last Thursday’s post, as did Mei-Mei, but as I weighed the choices again, nothing was really grabbing me. Then, I thought about the fact that I’ve done a pretty good job of choosing male and female writers, but it struck me as I did that the men have written the novels, while the women have authored the non-fiction choices. Since I’ve been feeling a bit feministy lately, I wanted to change that, but nothing was easily coming to mind.

After reading about the magical elements in Charlie Jane Anders’s book, All the Birds in the Sky, which is on Mei-Mei’s TBR, I liked the idea of finding something in that particular genre, especially since I’ve also been trying to make sure that we have a good variety of reads to consider and discuss, but again, I wasn’t sure what to do! Luckily, Barnes&Noble’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog came to the rescue and I found a book – albeit new and only available in hardcover or e-book – that I think will give us A LOT to talk about: The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which is edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe.

While the (spoiler-free) review by Ardi Alspach was enough to sell me on the title, the more I thought about it, the more excited I got! I grew up having illustrated anthologies of fairy tales on my parents’ bookshelves and realized that those were things that the Mysterious Mr. C and I didn’t have on ours. Plus, I love reading retellings of classic stories – as evidenced by my long-time enjoyment of Jon Scieszka’s The True Story of the Three Little Pigs and The Frog Prince, Continued. In addition, the writers of these tales include a who’s who of the current sci-fi/fantasy landscape (such as Anders) and may spark some ideas for future book club reads! On top of that, each story includes, as Alspach notes, “some lovely bonus materials, in the form of author’s notes at the end of each story, showcasing the voice of each contributor and giving us insight into why and how they chose which fairy tale to reinvent, and the thought processes involved in the retelling.” According to him, “They’re magical, these glimpses of the sources of the inspiration that defines this anthology, and sets [sic] it apart.”

If all of that still hasn’t sold you on the book, I don’t know what will, but I also love the fact that the anthology includes retellings of familiar tales from the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Anderson, as well as less-familiar ones from Asian and Middle Eastern writers. The Starlit Wood truly seems to feature a little bit of everything and I can’t wait to dive in! Hopefully you feel that way too and will tune in on Thursday, December 15, when I share my thoughts!

GNBC: The Secret History of Wonder Woman



Happy Thursday readers, and welcome to the fourth installment of the GeekyNerdy Book Club!! Before I get started, I want to say a quick thank you for all of your patience over the last few weeks, well, months really. My posting schedule was much choppier than I ever anticipated this summer and I pretty much fell off the face of the Earth this September. Then, I rescheduled our “meeting” twice because things were just so crazy! Though I felt terrible about all of that, many of you simply took it in stride and wished me well on everything I was juggling, which was greatly appreciated. Thank you so much for that! Now, on to the discussion!  Read More

The Legend of Wonder Woman

DC Comics

DC Comics

Several months ago, when my schedule allowed, I attended a “Heroines Book Club” at the comic book store that the Mysterious Mr. C and I frequent the most. While the writers of the chosen comic books didn’t have to be women, their subjects were and I figured – as a self-proclaimed GeekyNerdyGirl – that it would a good way to get my feet wet since I am, admittedly, new to the genre.

From the start, I knew I was a bit of a black sheep – I was the only one that didn’t have an existing pull list at the shop and wasn’t known by name, and I often hadn’t had time to read that month’s selection, but I still went because I enjoyed hearing everyone else’s thoughts and learning more about the wide world of comic books and graphic novels.  Read More

GNBC Date Change

Update: This post will now go up next Thursday, October 13. I know, I know –
I really didn’t want to reschedule our next book club meeting again, but I didn’t quite anticipate how draining working six days a week, editing a 524-page book, and moving would be! And ultimately, I would rather have you guys think of me as a flaky blogger than put up a half-assed post, just to have something by the “due date.” To help (sort of) make up for the extended delay though, I’ve got an entire 
Wonder Woman-themed week planned, so stay tuned for that and, I promise, come hell or high water, we will “meet” next week to discuss Jill Lepore’s book!! xx  Read More

GNBC: Leviathan Wakes



Okay, let me start this third post in the GeekyNerdy Book Club by saying that I’ve really enjoyed all three of the books we’ve read so far. Each one has been very different from the last, which has helped keep things interesting. That said, Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey was a real trip!

First of all, it took me a little while to get into the swing of things and I actually had to restart it after I took a quick break to read Masque, a breezy retelling of Beauty and the Beast (thanks for the recommendation Mei-Mei!). Read More