Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde is an author I’ve been meaning to read for years. Of course, I know a lot about his work just because I’m culturally literate, but I’ve never actually read anything he’s written, with the exception of “The Ballad … Continue reading

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Slade House

Every nine years, someone walks through the small black iron door off Slade Alley to find themselves in the garden of Slade House, a house that’s not even visible from the alley. In 1979, it was little Nathan Bishop and … Continue reading

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The Buried Giant

One of the things I like about Kazuo Ishiguro’s books is that you can never be sure what to expect when you pick one up. In all of his books that I’ve read (The Remains of the Day, Never Let … Continue reading

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Bone Gap

This acclaimed young adult novel by Laura Ruby is high in concept; there’s magical realism, Greek mythology, dueling storylines and points of view, beekeeping, feminism, face blindness, immigration, forced marriage (sort of), pet chickens, and a lot more. There’s so … Continue reading

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The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

The first book in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy is politically, emotionally, and (I guess you’d say) spiritually complicated — so much so that it makes The Goblin Emperor look simple by comparison. The premise is that Yeine Darr, of the Darre … Continue reading

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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Even though I’m a Stephen King fan, I don’t make a point of reading all of his books. And I’ve hardly read any of his short stories. But The Guardian review of his new collection piqued my interest, and short stories seemed like … Continue reading

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Speak

Stephen R. Chinn, writing a memoir from prison in 2040, has lost his freedom, having been convicted of creating artificial life. Gaby White has lost the ability to move and can only speak by conversing with a chatbot through a computer. … Continue reading

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Nimona

Whenever the due date for my library books draws near, I take a look at the catalog listing to see if anyone has it on hold. If not, I breathe a sigh of relief and put the book on the … Continue reading

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Hangsaman

My review of this novel by Shirley Jackson could perhaps be summed up thusly: ?????? What even was that? Not much of a post, though, so I guess I’ll say more. Hangsaman (what does that title even mean??) is the story … Continue reading

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Human Croquet

Near the beginning of this novel by Kate Atkinson, we learn the history of Fairfax Manor and the enigmatic Lady Mary Fairfax, who appeared naked one stormy night, became the bride of Sir Francis, and, years later, vanished as suddenly and … Continue reading

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