Tripletake began in the fall of 2008 as a collaboration between three friends. Part book discussion group, part review site, the idea behind it was simple: each month, we’d all read (among other things) the same book and set down our thoughts to virtual paper. The resulting reviews would, we hoped, lead to more interesting and in-depth discussion than the average ‘oh, that was good’ usually noted in passing when a title came up in conversation.
J is a writer, a geek, and a library worker. Not necessarily in that order. You’ll find J preferring science fiction and fantasy to mysteries and historical fiction. Good, fun characters are more important than pretty language or fabulous world-building. GLBTQ content is always a plus — as long as the writer doesn’t make a hash of it. J will nitpick bad writing, cliches, sexist tropes, ignorance of all things Japanese, and poor portrayal of deaf characters. (In short, if you know less than J does about any of the above and yet still think you can write about it, you’re in trouble.) And if you really want to annoy her, write a boring book she has to slog through because she promised to read it for Triple Take.
(all reviews by J), (Blog), (Twitter)
From the not-so-wilds of New England, Kate, occasionally known as K, is a girl who thought at first she might be an astrophysicist or a computer engineer, but discovered she was a librarian at heart. She claims to be a fan of science fiction, but spends most of her time reading fantasy, mysteries, manga and books written for ages other than her own. Her pet peeves are purple prose, end notes, anything where women make up less than half the characters for no particularly good reason.
(all reviews by K), (Blog), (Twitter)
Michelle is the lone Southerner of the group, though you won’t find her eating grits or listening to country music. She has maintained a book review blog, Soliloquy in Blue, since 2006 and after two years at Manga Recon now writes for Comics Should Be Good and Manga Bookshelf. She’s a fan of mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, and historical fiction in whatever medium they may be found, with a sprinkling of other genres tossed in there besides. The one category that truly holds absolutely no appeal is westerns, and though attempts to read romance novels have met with dissatisfaction, she has a huge collection of shoujo manga. Make of that what you will!
(all reviews by M), (Blog), (Twitter)