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Colin Dickey’s Ghostland

by meanlouise October 6, 2016 books + libraries

If you’re looking for a fun read for the Halloween season, Sam & Dean & I

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Monster Jokes and Riddles

by meanlouise October 18, 2015 books + libraries

Recently, my favorite contrarian, Casey Rae, mentioned that he was running out of jokebooks with bad puns and corny riddles suitable for precocious little girls. Being raised by such eclectically gothy parents, and being whip-smart, I knew exactly the book their kid needed, because I adored it myself: Normal Bridwell’s Monster Jokes and Riddles. It […]

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Horrorstör ruined my laundry rack

by meanlouise October 3, 2015 books + libraries

Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstör is clever in all the right ways, but it’s also quite creepy. You can’t ask for much more from a high-concept horror novel. It’s a little too creepy and clever, honestly. I used to love our IKEA clothes drying rack. It folds flat and stores neatly in a nook in the laundry […]

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NBC’s Dracula + Pumpkins

by meanlouise October 25, 2013 books + libraries

I haven’t had time to read any reviews for the new Friday night TV show, Dracula, so I kept forgetting to look forward to its debut. I haven’t noticed much publicity for the show and Husband doesn’t think he’d have been aware of it at all if I hadn’t Tivo’d it. In this respect, and […]

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On the subject of primates: Curious George, monkey or ape?

by meanlouise June 24, 2013 anthropology

As a child, I ran a bit hot and cold on the whole Curious George issue. I loved him when I was 5 and devoured all the books in short order (I was a precocious reader). In the first grade, much to the chagrin of our school librarian, I found the situation of a monkey […]

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John Carter

by meanlouise March 31, 2013 books + libraries

John Carter isn’t nearly as terrible as everyone made it sound. I was pretty disappointed about that. There might be spoilers in this review/coping mechanism to get me through the movie. You’ll only feel that they spoil the movie if a) you ever plan to see it and b) you’ve never seen a movie and […]

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Grimmer than Grimm

by meanlouise October 14, 2012 books + libraries

Conference going (and organizing) and such haven’t slowed down my movie-watching much but they’ve slowed down my blogging. While I get caught up, and while my Grimm post is still hanging around on the front page, I thought I’d bring two related items to your attention. First up, Neely Tucker has an intriguing review of […]

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Like a Lovecraftian heroine, I find myself coated in slime

by meanlouise October 3, 2012 books + libraries

[embedded video: coughs & sneezes] I can’t recall ever being sneezed on. Not by another human being, anyway. Horses, dogs and cats? Yes. Another person? No. Not until Friday night. I was minding my own business, sitting in the front row of a packed concert hall, listening to Neil Gaiman speak at George Mason University’s […]

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"The Evolution of Alice in Wonderland: A Book Cover Odyssey."

by meanlouise January 27, 2011 academia

In honor of this, the 178th anniverary of the birth of Lewis Carroll (nee Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), Flavorpill gives us a survey of “The Evolution of Alice in Wonderland: A Book Cover Odyssey.”

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Studies in Crap: Unicorn Vengeance

by meanlouise January 18, 2011 books + libraries

We’ve been spending way too much time here at my house reading Studies in Crap. The site first caught my attention when a link to “Does the Harlequin Romance Unicorn Vengeance boast the worst sentence ever published in English? Mayhap!” popped up on a list-serv. So what is Studies in Crap? It’s a feature on […]

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