Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

Tooth and Claw

Teresa asked me to read Jo Walton’s Tooth and Claw – essentially a Victorian novel in which all the characters are dragons — in this year’s book swap, after she read it herself in 2013. Her review of it sums it … Continue reading

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The King Must Die

You’ve probably heard the story. Fourteen young Athenians, seven boys and seven girls, are sent to Crete as tributes to King Minos. There they will be placed in a labyrinth with the fearsome Minotaur, the half-human half-bull son of Queen … Continue reading

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Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Sometimes, Gansey forgot how much he liked school and how good he was at it. But he couldn’t forget it on mornings like this one—fall fog rising out of the fields and lifting out of the mountains, the Pig running … Continue reading

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A Stranger in Olondria

Jevick is from Tyom, a small village in the Tea Islands. He has lived here all his childhood, learning the delicate art of pepper-growing from his father, hardly understanding his own isolation, until one day his father brings back something … Continue reading

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Which Witch?

Jenny at Reading the End has been recommending Eva Ibbotson for years and years, and particularly as a comfort read. While I recognize that comfort reads work better if you’re re-reading, I thought that since I was in need of … Continue reading

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The Scorpio Races

What it’s like is a battle. A mess of horses and men and blood. The fastest and strongest of what is left from two weeks of preparation on the sand. It’s the surf in your face, the deadly magic of … Continue reading

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Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event

I’ve written before about my tentative steps into the world of comics after years of interest that was always stifled by intimidation. As I’ve explored superhero comics, I’ve so far stuck with new titles that stand alone, like Hawkeye and … Continue reading

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The Wee Free Men / A Hat Full of Sky

Just a week after deciding she wanted to be a witch, nine-year-old Tiffany Aching had her first chance to test her powers when she spotted a group of six-inch-tall men being chased up the river by a green-haired creature with … Continue reading

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Beasts

Beasts is the second novel I read this summer in Otherwise, the omnibus collection of John Crowley’s three early works. It pictures our own near-future world, in which resources are scarce and politics have taken a drastic shift. One of … Continue reading

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The Deep

I’ve now read almost all of John Crowley’s novels, all but Four Freedoms, as well as his collection of short fiction, Novelties and Souvenirs. I think he’s a truly great writer. He is purely original — none of his books … Continue reading

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