Review: We Were the Mulvaneys

We Were the Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates



I used to volunteer at a local thrift store. My area of expertise was the books. I picked through donated boxes of books for what was sellable, organized the overstuffed bookshelf in the store, and put books out to display. One day, as I was sorting a freshly donated box, I came across a copy of We Were the Mulvaneys. Curious, I opened it to find exactly the sort of family epic I have a hankering for every once in a while. That copy of We Were the Mulvaneys went home with someone else, but I’ve always been meaning to read it.

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The Sunday Salon: Urban Fantasy


My deep love for fantasy stems from playing too much The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time during my formative years. Ah, good times. I find high fantasy–swords, sorcery, and a doomed princess on top if I’m lucky–exhilarating. It’s complete escapism with high stakes. There is, more often than not, a sense of nobility about the whole affair, which, to the best of my knowledge, comes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s massive influence on fantasy with the publication of The Lord of the Rings.

That sense of nobility, or lack thereof, is exactly why I’m not too fond of urban fantasy, where fantastical elements are mixed with the normal, contemporary world we live in.

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Teaser Tuesday: We Were The Mulvaneys


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

But she hadn’t been asleep–had she?

Fumbling to lift the receiver, the palm of her hand already damp with panicky sweat, she knew, just knew it must be bad news.

pg. 179 of We Were The Mulvaneys by Joyce Carol Oates

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your 2 ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!

The Sunday Salon: NaNoWriMo


During the night, I was watching Night of the Living Dead while bouncing my beloved laptop, Demora Pasha, on my knee. I glanced at the clock to find that it was midnight.

I fled the scene to join three other girls to write into the wee hours of the night. There was plenty of Wikipedia abuse and some chatting, mostly about how I couldn’t believe YouTube was founded only four years ago and bits and pieces of naming. By the time I crawled into bed, I had completed my very first of thirty legs of NaNoWriMo.

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