Category Archives: Books are for Reading

A Prophet is Not Without Honor

Given where the stock market is going right now, you’ll be glad to know this book is still available at

Dow 30,000 by 2008: Why It’s Different This Time. Buy your copy today! Given that Zuccaro’s funds tanked before being closed down, I’m sure he’ll appreciate the royalties.

Bigotry Leads to a Cool New Story Site

In other SFF news, some time ago William Sanders, editor of the SFF webzine Helix, wrote a rejection letter in which he ranted about “sheet heads”. People rightly pointed out that Sanders was being a racist dick, and he responded with grace and class: when Yoon Ha Lee asked him to remove her story from […]

In Death!

Of late, Misty’s been reading a lot of J.D. “Surely No One Will Guess I’m Nora Roberts” Robb books. I didn’t realize until I saw the third or fourth that all of their titles end “…in Death.” No, really. There’s even an Excel spreadsheet listing all of them.

This seems a lot more restrictive to me […]

Remaking Children’s Books to Have a Message For Adults

A while back I mentioned Starboortz Fish, a libertarian re-telling of The Rainbow Fish. Now there’s Goodnight Bush: An Unauthorized Parody, which is a version of Goodnight Moon with George Bush as the title character.

Goodnight Bush apes the look and tone of the original story with great fidelity, but replaces the rabbit, his grandmother, and […]

Pushing Past Dora and Diego to the Better Stuff

Due to Stephen’s LOLprowess, our site now has enough Diggs or Technorati gold stars in heaven to rate us being approached by marketing firms. The first couple of times we got emails, I was like, “Huh? They want to do what? What’s the catch?” The catch is that these companies want to send us free […]

Libertarian Children’s Books

During yesterday’s discussion of my dislike of The Giving Tree, we got to discussing The Rainbow Fish. siliconchef pointed out Starboortz Fish, a libertarian re-telling of The Rainbow Fish in which a starfish has to earn the respect of others.

That got me to thinking. There aren’t really any libertarian children’s books I know of, at […]

The Co-Dependent Tree

I read a lot of kids’ books when I was young, but I don’t remember most of them because I was a kid and had the memory of a goldfish on a three-day bender. Now that I’m an adult and reading even more kids’ books, I’ve discovered that there are good ones and bad ones. […]

Steven Brust’s Firefly Fanfic Novel

Steven Brust wrote a Firefly fanfic novel and has released it for free under a Creative Commons license. And, wow, is that a sentence I’d never thought I’d type.

Cassie Edwards, Wide-Ranging Plagiarist

I swear, I wasn’t going to say a thing about romance novelist Cassie Edwards and her sticky-fingered plagiarism problem, but the latest round of revelations regarding her sources is too crazy not to share.

Back at the beginning of the month, one of the writers at Smart Bitches Who Love Trashy Books, a weblog reviewing romance […]

A Couple of Comic Book Links

In the late 1980s and early 1990s, I read a fair number of comics thanks to my brother. He’s introduced me to a lot of great comics, like James Robinson’s fabulous Starman and (more recently) Bill Willingham’s Fables.

Not all of the comics I’ve read are good, sadly, though I won’t blame those on Andrew. In […]