The Red Threads of Fortune — Book Review

Have you ever heard the term “silkpunk”? I first heard it in reference to Ken Liu’s┬áThe Grace of Kings, a book that unfortunately didn’t work for me. It refers to a subgenre of science fiction and fantasy that imagines alternate histories and alternate worlds through the lens of Asian culture, religion, magic, and scientific advancements. […]

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Creatures of Will and Temper

I often find myself thinking that a book would be better if the main character was a woman. Even in books with a female narrator, I end up lamenting the fact that our heroine doesn’t seem to have any girlfriends. So yes, a retelling of The Picture of Dorian Gray focused around three women is […]

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Clockwork Boys — Book Review

T. Kingfisher is a comfort read for me. Her stories are often retellings of fairy tales, or inspired by fairy tale tropes. Whereas in traditional tales we’re usually told that the hero or heroine is “good” and “kind-hearted” and that’s about the end of their characterization, Kingfisher has a real gift of creating these well-rounded […]

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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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My Dream Book Adaptations

Late last week, news started circulating that Amazon was in talks to do an adaptation of Lord of the Rings. While I’m certainly happy about the bounty of SF/F movies and TV shows currently available, I’m just not too excited about another Lord of the Rings property. Nothing against Tolkien, it’s just that it’s already […]

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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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