November 2009 Archives


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Making my slow way through Ellen Kushner's Riverside trilogy. Intriguing. Her men are primarily beautiful, passionate, envious, loving and vulnerable, while her women are primarily intelligent, powerful and unemotional. I've been trying to think of another author who so successfully switches the gender stereotypes. Forget "successfully," I can't think of an author who does this at all. It's addictive.

Coralie Bickford-Smith

Coralie Bickford-Smith is my new favorite thing, and not just because she has the world's second-greatest name.


She designs these incredible covers for Penguin Classics, and I know you're not supposed to judge a book by its cover but I think it's okay if you already love it and own it in a beat-to-shit library sale copy.



Someday when I am stupid-rich I will hire her to recover all my books like this. I can't wait to see what she does with the Richelle Meads.