The City of Brass — Book Review

Call them djinn or genie, but wish-granting, lamp-bound spirits have long been a part of our cultural imagination. From I Dream of Jeannie to Disney’s Aladdin, to silly jokes about lamps found on the beach, we all grew up hearing about them. So what if you found out you had djinn heritage? The City of […]

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Barbary Station — Review

If you’ve ever secretly entertained a plan that involved going on a crime spree in order to pay off your student debts, you might enjoy Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns. Our two heroines in this story are recently-graduated engineers. Adda is a software engineer and Iridian is a mechanical engineer. They’re also lovers, and they […]

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Her Body and Other Parties — Review

True confessions time — How many of you have bought a book based solely on the power of the author’s tweets? Although I had read Carmen Maria Machado’s story “The Husband Stitch”, really it was her strong Twitter game that inspired me to pre-order her short story collection “Her Body and Other Parties.” She had […]

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The Six Elements of Fiction

Writing is born through instinct and practice. If you want the stories you write to be effective and structured in a consistent manner, it couldn’t hurt to review the basics. Obviously, grammar and spelling are important, but today, I’m referring to the basic elements of fiction: style, theme, character, point of view, plot, and setting.

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OCTOBER FEVER: Ravenous Has A Fantastic Month Planned

This year, my excitement is through the roof because I’m not just celebrating the season. Autumn is not just about tree leaves or hot cocoa. It’s about experience and I’ve packed October with all the bookish moments I’ve been craving to share with you. 
On that note, let’s ‘fall’ into it, shall we?

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