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Can't Talk | April 22, 2018

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About Ness, Editor



I’m a newspaper editor too stubborn to leave the newsroom. I enjoy how weird this has made my Google searches. I read lots of books — though the Pancake Sex Book Club has completely trashed my Amazon recommendations. I love good beer, better bourbon, video games, podcasts, cosplaying obscure characters, and the Oxford comma. Bell is my rivalmance. Trolling is my love language. I live on Twitter: @paperbytheton.

Posts By Ness

Tracking My Year In Reading

February 20, 2018 |

Do y’all track your reading? 2017 was the first year I started tracking my reading beyond what Goodreads offers. The main way I do this is with a Google spreadsheet (I used this one from Book Riot as the base, … Read More

Pancake Sex Book Club: The Binti Trilogy

February 19, 2018 |

This month, we decided to read all three “Binti” books—”Binti,” “Home,” and “The Night Masquerade”—by the incomparable Nnedi Okorafor. Next month, we’ll be reading “Ghost Talkers” by Mary Robinette Kowal.


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Recs for Audiobook Month

June 28, 2017 |

June is apparently Audiobook Month. I’m not sure if this is really a thing, or if Audible made it up, but it seems as good a time as any for some audiobook recs! There are so many factors that make … Read More

10 Second Reviews: The Vetra Nyx Edition

June 13, 2017 |

It’s only been a few months since “Mass Effect: Andromeda” dropped, and my heart now belongs to a certain turian smuggler with a heart of gold. (No, you’ve romanced her in three out of four playthroughs. That certainly doesn’t sound … Read More

Pancake Sex Book Club: A Wrinkle in Time

June 12, 2017 |

This month, Pancake Sex Book Club talked Madeleine L’Engle’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” which manages to remain super current.

We also recommend that everyone read “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas but felt no one needed to hear … Read More

Pancake Sex Book Club: The Girl from Everywhere

April 2, 2017 |

Pancake Sex Book Club talked Heidi Heilig’s “The Girl from Everywhere.”

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The Crafting System Ep. 29: I Hope I Can Bang Her

February 28, 2017 |

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Eris and Ness talk about what they’re excited about this year (though Ness did forget to mention the new John Scalzi novel, “The Collapsing Empire,” which she preordered and promptly forgot about).

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The Crafting System Episode 28: Non-Evil Dolores Umbridge

February 7, 2017 |

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After a somewhat unexpected hiatus, Ness and Eris are joined by Amelia to talk about their goals for 2017. They also discuss:

Diablo 3


Dragon Age Inquisition


BioShock the Collection

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My Brand Is Despair Books

December 24, 2016 |

Hello darkness, my old friend.

Anyone who follows me on Twitter or Goodreads knows my real book brand is despair and gross sobbing.

So here are the top books I read this year that made it really difficult to get … Read More

Sometimes I Read Happy Books, OK

December 20, 2016 |

I read a lot of books this year (116 and counting).

There was a good mix of literary and genre fiction—though much of it ranged from sad to outright snot-busters.

Still, some of it was sweet or even hopeful. So … Read More