The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe


Squee The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe 1794 ClassicHorrorMystery/Thriller In Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, the heroine is mesmerized by the scandalous gothic novel, The Mysteries of Udolpho. Readers, I read that novel. My paperback Oxford World’s Classics edition (1998) of The Mysteries of Udolpho is 679 pages long, not counting introduction and notes. That’s a lot […]

Adam & Eve: Spooky and Sexy


This post is being sponsored by AdamandEve.com and they’ve offered us a coupon code for the Bitchery! Here is the most important information: AdamandEve.com is offering Smart Bitches readers 50% off a single item plus free standard shipping in the US and Canada with code SMART. Please note: certain exclusions apply, but the coupon covers […]

Kickass Women in History: Fannie Sellins


Thanks to a recommendation from Dennis, we have Fannie Sellins as this month’s Kickass Woman in History. Sellins was a labor rights activist who lived from 1872 to 1919. She was murdered while fighting for the rights of miners in Pennsylvania. For much of her life, Sellins (born Fannie Mooney) lived a typical urban working-class […]

Podcast 372, Your Transcript is Ready!


The transcript for Podcast 372. Hanging Out in the Ws with Sarah and JN Welsh has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. Click here to subscribe to The Podcast → The post Podcast 372, Your Transcript is Ready! appeared first on NeedaBook. The post Podcast 372, […]

Podcast 371, Your Transcript Has been Necromanced!


The transcript for Podcast 371. Amanda and AJ Have Major Book Hangover from Gideon the Ninth has been posted! This podcast transcript was handcrafted with meticulous skill by Garlic Knitter. Many thanks. Click here to subscribe to The Podcast → The post Podcast 371, Your Transcript Has been Necromanced! appeared first on NeedaBook. The post […]

Premio Nobel de Literatura 2019. Doble expectación


Esta edición tiene una expectación máxima. Serán dos los premiados con el máximo galardón literario. El escándalo de 2018 no solo provocó la falta de un ganador para el Premio Nobel de Literatura el año pasado, sino que también ha provocado varios cambios en la manera de elegir este importante galardón. De entrada, los miembros […]

Justin Trudeau, Liberal Let-Down


It was no wonder that Trudeau became a darling of Davos, idolized by a global liberal establishment that felt increasingly besieged by surging challenges from the left and right. The self-awareness about his role was apparent in a moment of unscripted candor, when he told The Guardian, in 2016: “We’re actually able to approve pipelines […]

Beautiful Dreamer by Melissa Brayden


A Beautiful Dreamer by Melissa Brayden July 16, 2019 · Bold Strokes Books Contemporary RomanceLGBTQIARomance I was sold on this book when I heard it has a donut shop called Amazin’ Glazin’. Yes, sure, new small town romance by one of my favourite authors, whatever. But DONUTS, friends, are important. Unsurprisingly, the donut shop name […]

Dalliances and Devotion by Felicia Grossman


B Dalliances & Devotion by Felicia Grossman August 26, 2019 · Carina Press Fantasy/Fairy Tale RomanceRomanceScience Fiction/Fantasy Content warnings CW/TW for PTSD, sibling death, antisemitism Vapid, vacuous, and verbose — a waste of ink. These are the words swirling in Amalia Truitt’s head as we first meet her. It’s 1871, and Amalia is a beauty […]

Time for a New Liberation?


On the tenth anniversary of 1989, at the brink of the millennium, we could celebrate both the original triumph of the velvet revolutions and great subsequent progress. By the twentieth anniversary, in 2009, the countries of Central Europe had become members of both NATO and the EU, while political scientists described Hungary as a “consolidated […]

The Write Escape by Charish Reid


B+ The Write Escape by Charish Reid September 30, 2019 · Carina Press Contemporary RomanceRomance The Write Escape is a delicious vacation romance with a heroine who runs away to Ireland as her life is falling apart. This had everything I need from a travel story: Evocatively described location? Check. Handsome local who charms you […]

Kindle Daily Deals, Eloisa James, & More


The Raven Tower The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie is $3.99! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals and is being price-matched at select vendors. Leckie’s Ancillary Justice is a favorite with Carrie and SBTB commenters. Readers loved the Hamlet-inspired plot, but warn that the book contains first and second POV, which takes some getting used to. […]

The Ghosts of Elaine, Arkansas, 1919


Given the magnitude of the Elaine Massacre, its absence from standard narratives in American history is striking. But it is important that we remember the Elaine Massacre today, for it encapsulates two fundamental and often interconnected problems that still plague America today: the vast disparities in wealth and power between black and white, and the […]

Cranky Ladies of History edited by Tansy Rayner Roberts and Tehani Croft Wessely


Squee Cranky Ladies of History by Tehani Croft Wessely March 7, 2015 · Fablecroft Publishing Literary FictionPoetryScience Fiction/Fantasy Cranky Ladies of History is an anthology of short fiction about real historical women who were angry and did things with that anger. Some of these things were spectacular, and some were just spectacularly appalling (looking at […]