Notes from the Dark Net began as a daydream for me, Nick Morgan, in 2013. I’d started getting back into reading, and so I was looking for recommendations. I found out just how awesome the book review blog scene was these days, and I honestly enjoyed reading some of the reviews almost as much as the books. It was fun to hear other people’s opinions about the books, especially people doing formal reviews of ARCs. So I decided I wanted to give a review blog a try, and here we are a year later, with this blog and me actually getting eARCs fro NetGalley. It’s pretty cool, I think.
The title of the blog comes from the fact that cyberpunk is pretty much my favorite genre of speculative fiction. Also, “dark net” is something of a slang term for the less supervised parts of the Internet. I’m not anti-government, or anything, but one of the things I love about the web is the user-focused attitude, and I think book review blogs represent one of the nicer examples of individuals creating their own spaces. /philosophical screed
I’ve ended up inviting two other people to help review books here at Notes, so I’ll let everyone introduce themselves:
I’m sitting somewhere between the Young Adult and Adult worlds, both in fiction and in life. I’m a college grad with an interest in literature of all forms, but especially YA and speculative fiction where, despite the extreme applicability of Sturgeon’s Law, I think some of the most innovative and worthwhile literature is being created. I read a lot, because books have always been a major part of my life, and I love that dead words on a page can create something just as full of life as Mother Nature.
I’m a bit younger than Nick, still in college, and I have a sightly different taste in literature. But I was very happy when he invited me to be a contributor to this blog, because we both love books and the positive effect they can have on their readers. My personal favorite genre is somewhere between contemporary and literary fiction, mostly focused on Young Adult and New Adult, because that’s the bulk of my personal life experience, but I do like plenty of adult fiction, as well. I love analyzing literature, and I’m an aspiring writer of YA fiction myself, so I look at this as an opportunity to hone my craft by analyzing the works of professional authors, many of whom I love to read, and also just to share my love of books.
I’m afraid I don’t have a twitter, but
You can find me on Goodreads at Marisa Greene
You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’ve only known Nick and Marisa for a few years, but over that time I’ve come to respect and enjoy their thoughts on literature a great deal. So I was quite chuffed when Nick invited me to help review speculative fiction on his new blog. I also read and love a great deal of YA, but since Nick and Marisa are already reviewing it and it wouldn’t do to overcrowd the blog with reviews, I’ll be sticking to speculative. I think I have a slightly broader taste in genres than Nick and Marisa, but I’m also a great deal more critical of what I read. So it’ll be fun for me to compare thoughts on books and what we focus on when reviewing. Offline I’m a college grad in linguistics who doesn’t particularly want to go to grad school or work in the field, so most of my time and energy goes to my passion for literature, instead of the dull boring things I do to keep a roof over my head. You can also find me over at Atsiko’s Chimney, where I talk about speculative fiction, some YA, and literature and the world of writing and publishing in general.