Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

Get in Trouble

I think it’s pretty well established that I like my short stories weird. But these stories by Kelly Link pushed the weird envelope for me. They’re not necessarily bad stories, but I felt like I wasn’t getting some of them. … Continue reading

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Broken Monsters

I’m not sure where I first heard about this novel by Lauren Beukes, but I was given the impression that it’s a sort of science fiction mystery. It’s not that exactly. It’s really a straight-up horror novel that reads like … Continue reading

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Uprooted

Every ten years, the Dragon comes to the village of Dvernik and selects a 17-year-old girl to take back to his tower. Despite the rumors outside the village, he doesn’t eat them—he’s actually a wizard named Sarkan. And this wizard … Continue reading

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In Persuasion Nation

I wrote about George Saunders’s stories in Tenth of December about a year and a half ago. It surprises me to find that it was so long ago, because those stories have remained vivid in my mind as some of … Continue reading

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A Comics Round-Up

With two of my favorite comics series (Fables and Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye) coming to an end this year, it seems like a good time to try out some other series. So I’ve been grabbing a few trade paperbacks from the … Continue reading

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The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil

This charming and quirky graphic novel by Stephen Collins is another recommendation from Pop Culture Happy Hour. In it, a previously bald man named Dave finds his predictable and tidy life taken over by a beard that won’t stop growing. … Continue reading

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The Scorpio Races

The island spools out beneath the moonlight. We gallop parallel to the cliff edge, and beyond it I see a flock of white birds keeping pace with us. Gulls, perhaps, soaring and gliding on air currents that send them violently … Continue reading

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Trillium

I first heard about this graphic novel by Jeff Lemire last December at the Pop Culture Happy Hour live show. Glen Weldon named it as his favorite book of the year, describing it as a science fiction time-travel romance. OK, … Continue reading

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The Icarus Girl

The Icarus Girl is Helen Oyeyemi’s debut novel, one she wrote when she was only 18 years old. I’ve read two of her other novels (White is for Witching and Mr. Fox) and been entranced. This novel was much more … Continue reading

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Sputnik Caledonia

So. Well. That happened. And I’m still scratching my head about it. Andrew Crumey’s 2008 novel Sputnik Caledonia is a strange book, divided into three parts, each offering a different version of 20th century Scotland. In the first section, set … Continue reading

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