Veraison

She stands at the tops of her hills, looking out at the dormant grasses that fill her valley, golden and shimmering gently in the wind.Smoke fills a corner of the sky. It casts a warm shadow over the valley.She pulls her hood up over her head, grapes dangling from her antlers, and she disappears down the hills and into the …

“Coraline” by Neil Gaiman

Buy, Borrow, or Skip? Borrow! This book is well-liked enough that I strongly suspect you have a friend or library who will lend it to you! Spoiler-free Synopsis: It’s a short children’s novella about a young girl who, somewhat neglected and bored during a long summer break, wanders into what seems to be a little pocket dimension where everything is …

“The Sawbones Book” by Dr. Sydnee McElroy & Justin McElroy

Buy, Borrow, or Skip? Skip. If you’re interested, listen to the podcast. Synopsis: This is a non-fiction book about medical history, adapted from the podcast “Sawbones” by the hosts. It covers a handful of medical mishaps in a light tone, with illustrations, and asides. Content Warnings: It’s a book about the types of weird, reckless shit we used to do/still …

“Windfall” by Tempe O’Kun

Buy, Borrow, or Skip? Buy or Borrow! It’s available from Furplanet as a softcover book, and as an eBook from Bad Dog Books. Spoiler-free Synopsis: This is a fun, midsize novel about two young adults (Max and Kylie) who have recently wrapped the TV show they met on. After a few months apart, they arrange a 3-week visit, during which …

3lbs

I had top surgery late last year. “Top Surgery” is the informal language we use in the trans community that encapsulates the idea of “a surgery done to alleviate gender dysphoria relating to the appearance of the chest.” Which specific surgery it refers to can vary. The term is used to refer to the addition of silicon breasts in addition …

“The Secrets of the Kraken” by Grant Cravens

Full Disclosure: Grant is a friend of mine, and this was written following my second read-through of his novel- the first having been before revision and the second having been after. Buy, Borrow, or Skip? Buy! SotK is available on all major eBook platforms, and in paperback on Amazon (or in person, if you show up at a convention he’s selling …