Review: Fierce Style

Fierce Style by Christian Siriano with Rennie Dyball

I used to watch and love Project Runway, back when it was on Bravo. But I also think Project Runway peaked after season four. Absolutely nothing can top Christian Siriano’s glorious win. For those of you unfortunate enough to not know of him, Siriano is a wickedly young fashion designer that’s just as outrageous as his distressingly gorgeous and romantic clothes. He’s pint-size (I do believe a fellow contestant brought him into the workroom in a tote bag at one point during the show) and fabulous. When I picked up his book to shelve it at my local library during my volunteer shift, I didn’t hesitate–it immediately came back with me to hide with my bag until my shift was done.

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The Sunday Salon: Fantasy 101

As I tend to mention a great deal, I was reared on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings. If asked to choose one genre to read for the rest of my life, I’d happily answer fantasy. My reading resolutions were drawn up mostly to keep me from just gorging myself on fantasy and the occasional piece of science fiction and historical fiction. But I’m so happy swimming in the deep end that I rarely notice people at the edge tentatively dipping their toes in the pool. (It is, of course, a mana pool.) I know for people who haven’t read much fantasy that the genre can look intimidating, so today I’m going to recommend fantasy novels based on what other genres you enjoy. So take a deep breath and relax. This won’t hurt a bit.

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