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18 Feb 2019
It all felt not unlike being the only sober person at a party full of drunk strangers trying to collectively tell a story.
15 Feb 2019
Gladman’s book exists in the space carved out by those writers who have reacted to the ways in which forms, filled out in triplicate, can reshape lives and landscapes.
13 Feb 2019
With CoDex 1962, Sjón offers us a book whose very title calls our attention to its construction.
11 Feb 2019
What Blackfish City does brilliantly and consistently is paint a world worth saving, alongside the people in it.
8 Feb 2019
Author Tasha Suri makes an ambitious debut with Empire of Sand, the first instalment of the Books of Ambha. Suri, a librarian, draws on her knowledge of history to craft a world that the book’s tagline describes as “Mughal India-inspired fantasy,” where old gods lie dreaming beneath the desert sands and their supernatural children still walk the earth. Told in deft prose with a folkloric feel, Empire deals with issues of consent, cycles of trauma, resistance, and the value of compassion. In the beginning, there were the gods, and the gods had children, called daivas. Once, these mighty daivas walked freely among mankind, taking awe-inspiring shapes.
6 Feb 2019
And so, as Tina and Vore frolic through the woods, bathe naked in the lakes, roar at the rain, eat whatever they want, and noisily have sex, Abbasi’s Border becomes a celebration: of the snarling, grunting, roaringly ecstatic joy of the body—all bodies, that is: queer, trans, human, fat, animal, troll, cisgendered, fox.
4 Feb 2019
Hero is eminently readable for both fans of wuxia and newcomers to the genre.
1 Feb 2019
A. Merc Rustad’s characters don’t necessarily find all the answers they are looking for—many of them will continue their searches far beyond the end of the stories we meet them in—but their motivations, sacrifices, and decisions will ring true with any reader who is similarly searching.
30 Jan 2019
“Jacky was running.”
28 Jan 2019
Saadawi points to the horror of the tableau, like he points to the trauma of being scattered, but he does not re-create that horror.
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