Archive for April, 2008


Marjane Satrapi: Persepolis

The intelligent and outspoken child of radical Marxists, and the great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor, Satrapi bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life. This is a beautiful and intimate story full of tragedy and humor–raw, honest and incredibly illuminating.

Unforgettable is a good word to describe this book. Amazing would also be another good word to describe this book.

I don’t usually buy graphic novels. Pictures? Nah. I want words.

I picked it up purely because I’ve heard of her and the book, and now I want more.

The artwork matches the tone of the book, and despite it being a translation, I think Satrapi’s voice shines through, which is as much a compliment to the author as it is to the translator.

In some senses, Persepolis is a coming-of-age story, and it’s wonderful how you can ‘hear’ the author grow up. For me, this is what’s made Persepolis into a keeper book for me.

Persepolis rates 5 out of 5.


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Via Ilona Andrews and Laura Anne Gilman


There’s a New TV series featuring Romance Heroes

Read all about it here at RTB!

Sigh. I have to write another post soon. So many things to do!



To decipher this message, please clicky here.

PS If you actually like sociology, never ever show your face at this blog again.

PPS Maybe I should have titled it JSB at SFC, but I kinda didn’t want it to be too cryptic.

PPPS I shouldn’t be here, but my brain hurts.


Nothing But Red is out

Go buy it.

It’s for a good cause.

(Don’t make me make this an order.)

PS Thanks Angelle!


Is This a Joke? Pt. II

I have a terrible feeling that this isn’t a joke.

This is taken from the website:

How to Write Paranormal Romance 101 Advice from miladyinsanity.

God help us all.


Is this a joke?

On the resources page of the Writers’ Center of Indiana, there’s a link to a specific post on this wee blog.

Unfortunately, it’s not one of my erudite, intelligent posts that offer deeeeeeep insight into something or other.

It’s this one: How to Write Paranormal Romance 101

I sincerely hope that putting that link on the resources page was somebody’s idea of a joke, because I will hurl if somebody actually write a paranormal romance based on what I wrote.