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21 Sep 2020
Speculative fiction is perhaps our only real hope of transforming those hierarchies, but only when it is willing to grapple with how they actually work in the world.
16 Sep 2020
The cruelty in the world of Mordew is as pervasive as its damp.
14 Sep 2020
A core component of Jemisin's premise in The City We Became demands that she do something that few authors have ever successfully attempted.
9 Sep 2020
Claiming T-Mo is not an easily categorizable novel.
7 Sep 2020
If the necromancers are back gayer than ever, their queerness is surprisingly of the pining rather than the brazen kind.
2 Sep 2020
How Much of These Hills Is Gold follows two Chinese-American children as they wander the American West searching for a place to bury their father, for acceptance and belonging, and for any place or people they can call home.
31 Aug 2020
Despite being marketed as a novel about revenge against the elite class, I frankly did not give a shit about the royal drama once I got there—at that point, I wanted to know what the islanders were up to, as they were far more interesting and better developed than most of the royal characters.
26 Aug 2020
Literature has a capacity to haunt—to pop up unbidden in impossible places in the brain, to radically recontextualize a space, to become an embodiment of history—and the best stories here do just that.
24 Aug 2020
The only thing I really took away from Tracking Classical Monsters in Popular Culture was the desire to create my own monster studies framework to account for the gaps I found in Gloyn’s.
17 Aug 2020
It is undeniable that Tolkien and Lewis had a profound influence on the genre of fantasy; Cecire, however, implies that it is their manipulation of the English curriculum at Oxford that is largely responsible for the subject matter and ideology of the work produced by the so-called Oxford school of authors and their successors.
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