Circe by Madeline Miller (♦♦♦♦)

Granddaughter of Oceanus, daughter of Titan Helios and sea nymph Perseid, Circe was different from the start. While her siblings discovered their unique gifts very early on and gained their independence—either by claiming their inheritance, like Perses and Aëstes, or by marriage to a wealthy demigod, like Pasiphäe—, Circe remained among her family in the halls of the gods. Her love for young fisherman Glaucus changed everything. Circe used a potion to transform Glaucus into a worthy suitor. Glaucus, seeing his station changed, fell in love with one Circe’s cousins, a sea nymph named Scylla. Out of jealousy, Circe put a potion on Scylla’s bath and, unintendedly, transformed her into a monster. Circe’s confession forced Helios to go to see Zeus, for witchcraft is something that gods fear can tip the balance of power. Zeus declared an eternal banishment for Circe from the halls of the gods to the island of Aiaia.

Exile was not easy but, as Circe learned, it had its advantages; being away f…

Coming in November... A book review of The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh

I'm excited again because author Heather Walsh contacted me to find out if I would accept a free copy of her latest book The Drake Equation, which came out at the beginning of October. When I read the blurb I had to say yes, that sounds so like me! Please visit this site in November for my review.

The Drake Equation by Heather Walsh


She’s a Democrat, he’s a Republican. She spends her days fighting
global warming at an environmental non-profit; he makes his living
doing PR for Bell Motors and their fleet of SUVs. But as soon as they
meet, Emily Crossley and Robert Drake realize they have encountered
their intellectual match. “You’re never challenged”, he tells her.
You’ve surrounded yourself in a cocoon of people who think exactly the
same way you do. She hurls the same accusation back at him, and the
fiery debates begin.

Despite both of their attempts to derail it, there is no denying that
they are falling in love. But their relationship is threatened by
political differences, Robert’s excessive work hours, and Emily’s fear
of losing her identity as she falls deeper in love.

Can their love survive? The Drake Equation is a tale of modern love
and all its complexities.