Advance Review: Safely Endangered

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As a long time fan of Chris McCoy’s comics, and I’m thrilled to have received an advance copy of his first collection, Safely Endangered.

This collection of comics includes some of the greatest hits from McCoy’s webcomic of the same name, alongside comics that are exclusive to this collection. As some reviewers have already voiced, the humor isn’t for everyone. Count me out of this group. These comics are witty, twisted, a little dark, but unfailingly hilarious. McCoy is a master of his medium and his debut collection is not to be missed. Continue reading “Advance Review: Safely Endangered”

Monthly Wrap Up: March 2019

Hello book friends! Spring break meant this was a heavier month for reviews, so there will be a bit to chat about here. This month 10 books were reviewed on The Book Stack with an average rating of 4.1 stars. There were so many great books this month, I feel like you all may be getting the impression that I’m a super lenient reviewer.

In addition to all the new posts, a new directory of reviews was added this month! You can now browse all reviews sorted by title, author, and rating. You can also follow via email to receive book reviews in your inbox. Now that I’ve been at this on a consistent basis for two months I’ll be slowly adding on more to this website, participating in tags and challenges, and hopefully hosting a giveaway in the coming months!

I’ve had so much fun talking to everyone on here and on your own blogs, so if you’d like to connect with me on Goodreads, please do! I’m pretty active on there and I really enjoy seeing updates from my friends. Also, I’m slowly easing into to the world of bookstagram, so if you’d like to watch me fumble around there, you can find me at @the.bookstack

Best of March

No Man of Woman Born39878322This book was, in every sense, an utter joy to read. I tend towards really dark books, so the fact that each short story in this lovely collection had a happy ending was different than the norm and so refreshing. The stories nimbly subverted the longest standing cliches of fantasy without sacrificing the best parts of the genre. You can read the full review here and you can see me rave about this book more on the Trans Day of Visibility post.

 

43397089Eight Lives: What a hell of a debut. Speaking of books that have been on my mind for weeks since reading them, here’s Eight LivesThis book was published by a small Australian press so I know this incredible story won’t reach so many people. Do not be one of those people. This is one of the easiest five star ratings I have ever given. Eight Lives has all the technical intricacy of The Martian, but centered around medicine with multiple perspectives and nonlinear elements and it is still fantastic. Yeah guys, Susan Hurley did that. You can read the full review here, in case I haven’t already convinced you.

 

What I’m Looking Forward to in April

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C. A. Fletcher:  40698027If a book is described as “for readers who loved Station Eleven” I’m pretty much guaranteed to pick it up. This was one of the first things I heard about A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World and, lo and behold, here we are. Nothing like a little post-apocalyptic fiction to kick off spring the right way.

My parents told me how crowded the world used to be, but we were never lonely on our remote island. We had each other, and our dogs. Then the thief came. There may be no law left except what you make of it. But if you steal my dog, you can at least expect me to come after you. Because if we aren’t loyal to the things we love, what’s the point?

Alpha Girls by Julian Gurthe:  41429816I was approved for Alpha Girls months ago and I’ve been eagerly awaiting it since. I feel like it will be popular among the same crowd that enjoyed Bad Blood, since we have another journalistic account of women in Silicon Valley.

In Alpha Girls, award-winning journalist Julian Guthrie takes readers behind the closed doors of venture capital, an industry that transforms economies and shapes how we live. We follow the lives and careers of four women who were largely written out of history – until now.

Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger:  40177418This is my April Book of the Month pick. I have no idea when I’ll be able to fit it in between all the ARCs I’m packing into April but I’ll persevere!

Helen Clapp is a physics professor. She doesn’t believe in pseudo-science, or time travel and especially not in ghosts. So when she gets a missed call from Charlie, her closest friend from university with whom she hasn’t spoken in over a year, Helen thinks there must be some mistake. Because Charlie died two days ago.

 


What are you looking forward to reading in next month? Are we going to be reading any of the same books? Let me know below!

 

Happy Trans Day of Visibility!

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I just wanted to take a moment to send some good thoughts to any readers who identify as trans or are under the trans umbrella. You deserve so much more than the hardship and discrimination you experience. This will always be a safe space for you, whether you are questioning your identity, still in the closet, or out. I see you, you are valid, and you are valued.

On this blog, I’m always trying to seek out books by LGBTQ+ authors and guys, it isn’t easy to find them. The selection of queer fiction on NetGalley is sparse compared to other genres and Edelweiss+ is largely the same. Take the time to seek out these books, because there are so many great storytellers who go unknown. I’ve highlighted a few of my favorite trans authors below, along with their books that I’ve read recently.

Grace Mead 

Grace Mead (she/her) is a practicing lawyer of 17 years. She graduated from Dartmonth and has spent the time since practicing law in Louisiana. She draws on these years of expertise in her debut novel, Defense of an Other. Defense of an Other follows Matt Durant, a young lawyer recently single after a break-up with his long-time girlfriend. After several beers, Matt finds himself at a gay bar and the unexpected victim of a hate crime. In defense of himself and another man, Matt kills one of the assailants and is arrested. Defense of an Other follows Matt’s trial with all the wit and drama of a Law & Order episode, and then some. You can read the full review of Defense of an Other here. Defense of an Other is still available to request on NetGalley until July 8.

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Ana Mardoll

Ana Mardol (xie/xer) is the author of several fantasy novels and a recent favorite of mine, No Man of Woman Born. There is little debate that the fairy tales we grew up hearing are solidly rooted in worlds where there are only two genders. Mardoll breaks this tradition in No Man of Woman Born in the most wonderful way. Xer stories are beautifully written, delightfully subversive, and I treasured each one. I cannot possibly understate how much I look forward to reading xer other books. You can read the full review of No Man of Woman Born here. No Man of Woman Born is still available to request on NetGalley until April 30.

Author’s Website | Goodreads

Andrea Gibson

Andrea Gibson (they/them) is a poet and the author of Lord of the Butterflies, the very first book reviewed on this blog. Let me first say that I am no poetry aficionado, I find lofty prose just as dull as load of others do. So please know that when I say Gibson’s collection is brilliant, it is brilliant. Their prose is incredible and before I knew it, I had read the book cover-to-cover. So many of their poems have stayed with me all these months later and I can only hope that I’ll have the opportunity to see them perform live. You can read the full review of Lord of the Butterflies here. Lord of the Butterflies is still available to request on NetGalley until April 22.

Author’s Website | Goodreads


If anyone has any books by trans authors or books that feature trans characters to recommend, please comment them below!

Looking for ways to be a better trans ally? I recommend starting here.

Review: The Dreamers

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Let me just say it outright: I loved this book. I was pining for weeks before it was gifted to me for Valentine’s Day and I was thrilled to finally begin. I haven’t read Karen Thompson Walker’s first book, The Age of Miracles but it has jumped far up my TBR after this.

In The Dreamers Walker transports you to the cozy town of Santa Lora, California where a mysterious illness descends has descended upon the local college. Told for the perspectives of a several of residents of Santa Lora, The Dreamers is an intimate portrait of a town in crisis.

This is not a fast-paced thriller, but something to bask in. There is a certain magic to the world Walker creates and the delicate way the lives of each character overlaps and intertwines. Even though this book succeeds in giving a full overview of Santa Lora in the midst of an epidemic, I felt like I had enough time to connect with each character and I cared deeply for all of them. No point of view felt unnecessary of wedged in, every life contributed to the story effortlessly. This book is simply mesmerizing. Continue reading “Review: The Dreamers”

Advance Review: Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom

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Kelly Thompson has brought new life to this well-loved character with her quick, witty graphic novel. I was an occasional mystery lover growing up and though I was never an avid fan, I fondly recall the Nancy Drew books I took from my elementary school library. I enjoyed the reintroduction to familiar characters (including The Hardy Boys!) and how Thompson portrays them in their late teen years.

The story begins with the midst of her hi-jinks, finishing up a mystery involving the disappearance of her school’s mascot. As Nancy begins searching for her next case, she is suddenly drawn back to her hometown by a mysterious letter relating to the death of her mother. Back in Bayport, Nancy reunites with her old friends and rallies the group to aid her investigation.

The artwork throughout the entire graphic novel is gorgeous, I’m a huge fan of Jess St. Onge’s style. The story is filled with interesting twists and a diverse cast of characters. Though the plot didn’t completely thrill me, I was definitely hooked by the cliffhanger and I will be looking forward to the next installment. Continue reading “Advance Review: Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom”