• Erotica Book Review

    The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy

    My Review: This one’s from the vault, one of the earliest ARCs I had ever read. The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy are two short stories in which two women find themselves the unknowing participants in secret pleasure groups, making all of their fantasies and so much more come true. I liked the first story, The Cost of Pleasure, just a little bit more. I thought the rumors of the company founder and the intrigue of the office worker’s activities made for an interesting concept. With just the slightest touch of BDSM, this story is fun with a narrator who is comfortable in her sexuality, and it was refreshing to…

  • Horror Book Review

    Brief, Horrible Moments: A collection of one sentence horror stories

    My Review: I couldn’t resist a unique idea when I stumbled on this little book, a collection of one-sentence horror stories that are meant to leave the reader wondering what happens next. I didn’t have very high expectations given the concept, but I figured it’d be an amusing short read and it was at first. Some of the earlier stories were not bad, and could easily work as a writing prompt. The vast majority unfortunately were utterly forgettable. There were many connecting words, I can’t count the number of times I saw sentences broken up with the same words and phrases that gave it a repetitive quality. Despite grand leaps…

  • Media & Pop Culture Book Review

    Power Play: How Video Games Can Save the World

    My Review: I liked the idea for this book, loved it even, what a shame that it ended up being mediocre. I love reading academic studies, especially ones centered on video games being a lifelong gamer myself. This book had so much potential but it ended up falling flat. A mix of useless writing and “gamification” projects that had nothing to do with video games. A good portion of the book is dedicated to some truly inspiring projects, most notably Sandra Day O’Connor’s iCivics and the cancer-fighting Re-Mission. The chapter about the potential of VR and how it is already being used for a variety of non-entertainment purposes was fascinating.…

  • Book Review

    Thinner

    Warnings: Violence, Sex, Racism, Descriptions of Starvation My Thoughts Do you know what one of the most un-fun things in the world is? Starving. Speaking as someone with experience and a stressful hospital stay because of it, this book has become that much more terrifying to me after that experience. Billy is a scum bag lawyer saddled with a gypsy curse that leaves him withering away slowly after committing a heinous crime. Both body and mind begin to deteriorate at an alarming rate and Billy finds himself fighting for his life. He goes through all the series of emotions you would expect from someone after they figure out that they’re…

  • Poetry Book Review

    Afterwards

    My Review: Losing a loved one is hard, but the loss of a loved one to suicide is even harder. It’s difficult because it’s preventrable, and it’s hard to explain the feeling of helplessness afterward. This collection of poetry details the grief that comes with losing a friend, but it is other things too. Myers explores the loss of family, depression, and sexual assault. There are a handful of good poems, such as The Girl Becomes Gasoline which was what made me decide to pick this book up. Several of the poems reference the death of Mac Miller, who had died of an accidental drug overdose in 2018. Myers mentions…