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 exactly my cup of tea.
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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 variations on the archetypal characters, so that you genuinely care about them and want them to succeed. She creates characters who are good and kind-hearted, but they also have depth.
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 Brass by S. A. Chakraborty asks just that question. Nahri is an orphan living in Cairo. She’s survived through a combination of street smarts, wit, petty crime, and healing abilities. She doesn’t believe in magic despite her own aptitude for diagnosing and mending illness and […]
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Don’t ask me why I decided to be a writer; the answer is not a straight line, and if I could tell you, I’d likely complicate it. All I know is books have always been a part of me. I cannot remember the very first book that caught my eye. I know I read Stella Luna a dozen times. Whenever I was gripped with the sudden need to revisit it – or when I missed my mother – I sought it out. One time, I spent over a year searching for the cover because I had forgotten the title. I […]
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