I need this.

No really.

I need this.


That’s right, folks. A tauntaun sleeping bag.

If you don’t know what a tauntaun is/why this is awesome, you may not be nerdy enough to be reading this blog.


free book! Soulless by Gail Carriger

So sometimes I do this thing where I don’t pay attention and accidentally buy two of the same book from amazon. Like, I click it twice or something. And if I were paying attention when I hit “Submit Order” I would notice the 2 next to the book, but yeah, I don’t.

So anyway, now I have two copies of Gail Carriger’s Soulless. I could just return it, but I decided to give it away instead. Because hey. Why not?



Alexia Tarabotti is laboring under a great many social tribulations. First, she has no soul. Second, she’s a spinster whose father is both Italian and dead. Third, she was rudely attacked by a vampire, breaking all standards of social etiquette.

Where to go from there? From bad to worse apparently, for Alexia accidentally kills the vampire — and then the appalling Lord Maccon (loud, messy, gorgeous, and werewolf) is sent by Queen Victoria to investigate.

With unexpected vampires appearing and expected vampires disappearing, everyone seems to believe Alexia responsible. Can she figure out what is actually happening to London’s high society? Will her soulless ability to negate supernatural powers prove useful or just plain embarrassing? Finally, who is the real enemy, and do they have treacle tart?

SOULLESS is a comedy of manners set in Victorian London: full of werewolves, vampires, dirigibles, and tea-drinking.

Feel free to judge me for thinking this book sounds like the shit. I make no apologies.

So, hm, what should the question be this time? AH! A simple one:

Werewolves or Vampires?

Post your answer in the comments to enter the drawing!

I will randomly choose a name* sometime next week. I pay shipping!

*I mean it’s not totally random. If your name is something like Cillian Murphy or David Tennant, you will probably win.

bring out your dead!

If someone were to set out to make my ideal movie, they would probably include some or all of the following:



Victorian England

gothic horror

bizarre comedy


Dominic Monaghan



When I walked by the poster at the fabulous-go-there-if-you’re-in-Cambridge Brattle Theatre (a different poster than this one, but the same general theme) I did a double-take because I saw Merry’s fa–Dominic Monaghan’s face. And then I realized what was going on and just about died right there. Vampires. Zombies. Victorian England. My God. Someone read my mind and made a movie from what they found.

So I went to see it last night and I loved it.

I mean, let’s be honest, it’s not going to win any Oscars, but it doesn’t take itself too seriously and it’s just bad enough to be good. It’s bizarre, oddball, and wonderful. Obviously low-budget. There’s some beautiful animation interspersed; sometimes shots would just end and turn into artwork, kind of looking like a graphic novel. The plot is pretty simple, and uh big plot twist for the duh? But I was entertained.

So if you get a chance, go see this quirky little horror flick. Click here to find out when it’s coming to a theater near you.

today in Gracetopia

Currently playing the Star Wars drinking game. :) This is the game where I watch all three movies back-to-back-to-back and drink. I don’t drink to specific rules (“Drink whenever C-3PO gives a statistic” or “Drink whenever anyone says ‘May the Force be with you'” etc.), I just drink whenever the situation seems to require it. Whenever a major character is introduced, whenever one of the famous lines happens, whenever a line I recognize happens (and since I’ve seen the trilogy like 500 times, this is frequent), whenever the droids make me laugh, whenever Han is a charming cocky asshole… so basically non-stop, I guess.

The great thing about this game is that by the time you get to Return of the Jedi you’re so drunk you barely notice that the Ewoks are there.

who’s surprised, really?


If I only had a dollar for every time I said I was going to do something and then failed miserably at following through. If only.

Remember SF/F Writers Day? And how I was going to do something? You may have noticed that I didn’t. I’m only a day late, I could pull something together, but… I really don’t see that happening. So, uh. Here’s what the originator of the Day posted on her blog. Have at. Opportunity to win a book!