"Corcoran’s fantasy debut is equal parts thrilling and ridiculous. [...] Readers will look forward to the sequel."

July 26, 2021

Rational Relevant Review: Loki

It's like, a low-key review?

Today, I share my thoughts and frustrations on Disney's Loki miniseries. Get ready for spoilers, poor pacing, irrelevant time-reset bulbs, and me mentioning my siblings more than is necessary.

July 2, 2021

Rational Relevant Review: Raya, Luca, Onward, and Soul

Today, we're doing something different by calmly and rationally discussing some stories that are both recent and relevant: Raya and the Last Dragon, Soul, Onward, and Luca.

June 23, 2021

Rant Rave Review: Shadows House (Chapters 1 to 100)

It's, like, everything I never knew I always wanted? Today, I rave about the anime/manga, Shadow House! Be prepared for wholesome love triangles, slow-burn world building, and shameless weebery!

June 8, 2021

April and May Reading Roundup

Killer Triggers: Murder Comes Down to Sex, Drugs, or Money by Joe Kenda

  • Genre: True Crime
  • Why I read it: I'm a Homicide Hunter fan
  • What I thought of it: Though this is basically a rehashing of many of the cases from the Homicide Hunter TV show, I still enjoyed it. Kenda's turn-of-phrase sounds like a hard boiled detective, and it gives an interesting and entertaining look into what real cops have to deal with when investigating violent crime.
  • Would I recommend it: Yes, but I think I Will Find You is the better of the two. Also, Audiobooks are a must for these titles, since Kenda himself is the narrator.

They Do it With Mirrors by Agatha Christie

  • Genre: Cozy Mystery
  • Why I read it: I like Agatha Christie
  • What I thought of it: It's not Christie's best, but it's okay.
  • Would I recommend it: Maybe, if you want to read the whole Miss Marple series, but it's okay to skip this one if you want.

Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story by Kate Summerscale

  • Genre: Historical parapsychology
  • Why I read it: Research
  • What I thought of it: Though it was an interesting account of a poltergeist incident and the subsequent study thereof, it was disappointing overall. This was because of the author's and original (1930s) researcher's conjecture about the cause of the haunting without any definite proof. There was a lot of "perhaps" and "what if", but no ultimate conclusion or smoking gun that ultimately made the story worth telling in the first place.
  • Would I recommend it: Nah, give this one a pass.


A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie

  • Genre: Cozy mystery
  • Why I read it: Christie is my jam 
  • What I thought of it: Superb!! This is one of Christie's best, as it has an elaborate set-up (a murder dinner party where someone really gets murdered); a twisty middle; and a slightly mind-blowing denouement (I knew who the murderer was right away, but was shocked when the motive was finally revealed!).
  • Would I recommend it: 100% yes!

At Bertram's Hotel by Agatha Christie
  • Genre: Cozy mystery
  • Why I read it: Christie is my cup of tea
  • What I thought of it: This one was ok in terms of mystery, but it wasn't the best. I think the most interesting part of it all was the perspective it gave on post-war Britain and how different peope felt about the changes the country had gone through.
  • Would I recommend it: Yes; despite it being a bit lack-luster, it was still a good read.

Shadows House (chapters 1 - 100) by So-ma-to
  • Genre: Supernatural cat-and-mouse / mystery / fantasy!!!
  • Why I read it: It checks all my boxes
  • What I thought of it: Holy cow is it good!!! The premise is intriguing, the characters are all likeable (and I wish them all happiness... and I fear that that may not happen), the plot is twisty and intriguing. My favorite part is the slow-burn worldbuilding. Each chapter, you find out a little bit more about what Shadow House is and how it operates.
  • Would I recommend it: 1000% yes!!! I'll be doing a Rave about it on my YouTube later on to give more details on how and why it's awesome.

June 1, 2021

Rant Rave Review: The Innocence of Father Brown and The Red House Mystery

It was, like, Get Caught Reading Month when I filmed it! DX Today, I upload a pre-recorded, now-late review of The Innocence of Father Brown and The Red House Mystery. Get ready for a disturbing lack of falling action, lots of legwork, and cop-outs!

May 24, 2021

Rant Rave Review: Killer Triggers and I Will Find You

I, like, love the police.

Today, I rave about Killer Triggers and I Will Find You, by Lt. Joe Kenda of ID Channel fame, and end up waxing poetic about cops in general. Be prepared for bleeding pine trees, PTSD, cosmic justice, and my thoughts on the current way we view police in America!

May 15, 2021

Rant Rave Review: Agatha Christie

It's, like, yass Queen (of Mystery).

Today, I review many of Agatha Christie's classic mystery books. Featuring clues, red herrings, a weird slurping noise, human interest stories, and me eating my words!

May 2, 2021

Rant Rave Review: The Devil and Sherlock Holmes

It's, like, Get Caught Reading Month! Today, I rave about The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession by David Grann. Featuring: arson, stolen identities, and postmodern murder.

April 25, 2021

Several Short Poems from 2020 and 2021

It is once again National Poetry Month, and I would be remiss if I didn't post at least something vaguely poetry related. Works is still digesting my soul at the moment, but I have managed to jot down a few short poems over the past few months.

An American cinquain:

Sherlock:
a name we know
because of who told us.
What would he be without his dear
Watson?


A limerick:

There once was a fashionable seal
Who wore shades of aqua & teal.
"But I'll never wear red,"
The pinniped said.
"On my skin tone, it's just not ideal."
Agatha Christie
wrote plots that were twisty.
She was a genuine writing savant
when it came to constructing a denouement.


A free verse poem:

Do I love the forest
because it reminds me of you,
or do I love you
because you remind me of the forest?
Clunck and clatter go
the many bamboo wind chimes.
How they remind me
of my hometown where the wind
blows familiar on my skin.

An emo poem:

Feels like I’ve been screaming
into the void,
hoping that soon
it will scream back into me


And finally, a parody of one of my favorite free verse poems, "In the Desert", by Stephen Crane.

In the dessert
I saw a cookie, bak-ed, bestial,
Who, squatting upon the pan,
Held his lard in his hands,
And ate of it.
I said, “Is it good, friend?”
“It is butter—butter,” he answered;

“But I like it
“Because it is butter,
“And because it is my lard.”



April 13, 2021

Rant Rave Review: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

It's late because I'm, like, dead? Today, my ghost briefly raves about The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Featuring cozy non-mysteries, peculiar secretaries, and non-matching covers.