The are seven people working together to read and review at least one book a month, making a concise judgement in one paragraph. Here are those seven.
Holly Kench (@StuffedO)
I always enjoy stories that make me think and laugh, and I’m addicted to young adult fantasy. I look for books that contemplate the world and culture, as much as books that provide escape, but I don’t think these two characteristics are mutually exclusive. I love books that suck me right in; those that drag me into another world and force me to forget my own, while also making me question the very reality from which I’ve been stolen. Always searching for stories that offer positive considerations of sex and gender, I’m convinced we can change the world through popular culture. Some of my favourite books include Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris, Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. http://www.stuffedolive.com.au
Pip Foweraker (@PipFoweraker)
I’m a full-time consultant and part-time wizard. When I’m not wandering the woods and talking to trees, I collect Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror books. A particular fan of small-print press, I like my Fantasy subversive, my Sci-Fi well-structured, and my Horror Lovecraftian. After studying literary theory for years, I tend to look at books using an Archetypal / Narrative framework. I’m also a reader for Aurealis magazine. Favourite books: Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson, The Reluctant Swordsman, by Dave Duncan, and Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi. http://www.pipfoweraker.com
Jessa Russo-Stadtler (@JessaRusso)
For you to get a feel of who I am as a reader and reviewer, I must first admit my guilty pleasure: I’m an unashamed super fan of all things paranormal romance. Throw in a love triangle with a sexy fictional boyfriend I can add to my collection, and you’ve created a fangirl for life. I read, write and breathe paranormal YA, and rarely stray from my comfort zone. In truth, I find it difficult to get into books without a supernatural or paranormal aspect, unless there’s a crazed serial killer or something equally fantastic on the loose. It will take a lot to get me to love a contemporary story, but I’m game to try it out. I’ve been an avid reader since I was young, beginning with an obsession with Christopher Pike, then a love for Dean Koontz, and moving on to the ridiculously awesome writers of today. A small sampling of favorite authors of late would be Jeaniene Frost, Richelle Mead, Cassandra Clare, Suzanne Collins, and Liz Norris. And though I know many of you will shake your heads at me, I will openly admit that I adored The Twilight Saga, andloved The Host, so Stephenie Meyer must be added to the list of authors I love. Of the last few books I’ve enjoyed, I’d say UNRAVELING is at the top of the list. http://jessarussowrites.blogspot.com/
I love Jordan and Sanderson, King and Koontz, Barker and Clemens. What this says to me is that I have a wide genre base, but I love action. I don’t much care for politics in books, love to love characters, but die a little on the inside at cheesiness. I don’t care much for predictability. Favorites: Faerie Tale – Raymond E. Feist (even though he isn’t one of my favorite authors), Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson), Mistborn Trilogy (B. Sanderson), The Cell (Stephen King), Odd Thomas books (Dean Koontz), Dragonlance books.
Anthony Angeline (@unfoldingmyth)
I love a good story. Even if it’s something I wouldn’t normally read. Even if it’s a new take on a story I’ve read it a thousand times. I like details and minutia, but not too much. Just enough to let my mind fill in the blanks. I don’t read young adult fiction, don’t care much for supernatural or fantasy, and abhor books with glossaries. I rarely buy anything labeled as “Best Seller.” I used to read a lot of sci-fi but couldn’t take the hardcore stuff. I’m a sucker for Buddhist books and anything called “classic.” My favorite authors, right now, include Philip K. Dick, Henry David Thoreau, Clive Barker, and Arthur C. Clarke. http://www.unfoldingmyth.com
Nanette Pitts (@nanettepitts)
I am a stay at home mom, and I write. Yes, I am “THAT” stay at home mom. The one with the dream of becoming a writer. I love to read. I really don’t care what the genre is. Fantasy, sci-fi, paranormal, romance… as a reader you know the list is endless. I’ll admit, if you toss me a book with a sexy vampire in it, sex and fighting I may put down whatever I’m currently reading and read that. Right now I am reading the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton. I’ve also read Water for Elephants, and all of the Stephanie Plum books. If a book can grab ahold of me, I’ll love it forever. If I cannot get through a book after five tries, I’ll try again. Though I have far too many favorite authors Charlaine Harris is on top. http://gracepaigestoryland.blogspot.com/
J.M. Blackman (@J_M_Blackman)
For all intents and purposes, I’m a teacher and a writer. Expectedly, I’m a little off my rocker and so, I enjoy a large variety of stories, as long as they have a bit of madness. This ranges from YA Fantasy to adult Fantasy and Science Fiction and the many genres that slip between. As long as its speculative. I like to find stories that offer a different point of view, whether that’s on a certain topic or trope or if it’s in the characters themselves.
My favorite books ever are Look for me by Moonlight by Mary Downing Hahn, Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause, Guilty Pleasures by Laurell K. Hamilton, The Windup Girl by Paulo Bacigalupi, The Lonely Werewolf Girl by Mark Millar, Snakes & Earrings by Hitomi Kanehara and Night’s Engines by Trent Jamieson. jmblackmanwriting.wordpress.com/