Review: Jane Slayre

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Sherri Browning Erwin

Okay, so I haven’t read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies yet. (Sidebar: how disappointed am I that Natalie Portman will no longer be playing Lizzie in the film adaptation of that book? Very disappointed.) I do own a copy of it, but I just haven’t gotten around to it, and at this point in the year, I might as well wait for October, no? So I’m much more familiar with the absolute legions of knock-ups it produced—including, of course, Jane Slayre. I’m actually kind of baffled that I had to buy it; I’d been so sure the public library would have a copy! Still, it’s a small price to pay to actually cite this in an academic paper.

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Review: Welcome to My World

Welcome to My World by Johnny Weir

Oh, Johnny Weir. During the 2010 Olympics (and his rival Evan Lysacek’s subsequent appearance on Dancing With the Stars), my friends and I jokingly invented this whole narrative involving Team Gaga—consisting of Weir, Lady Gaga, and Adam Lambert—versus Team Evan—consisting of Lysacek, his dance partner Anna, and a pop star. (We could never find the right one; I think Taylor Swift was involved at some point.) However, we stopped when we discovered that we were starting to accurately predict Lysacek’s life, down to head injuries and his friendship with the US women’s hockey team. Clearly, we were too powerful. In any case, I remain fond of Weir to this day—I will always love someone who doesn’t give a damn what other people think and skates to “Poker Face”, let’s face it. So when I saw this at the library, I just had to pick it up, and it’s a good thing I did, as it turned out to be the perfect palette cleanser between The Silmarillion and Kushiel’s Dart.

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