Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

End of Watch

This is the third in Stephen King’s trilogy about Bill Hodges, a retired police detective. The first two, Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers, were solid, fast-paced thrillers, nothing paranormal about them. Hodges and his two sidekicks, Holly Gibney and Jerome … Continue reading

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How to Train Your Dragon

I just returned from a short road trip to Portland, OR with my two children (aged, incredibly, 11 and 8.) The trip from where I live in Spokane is about 6 hours each direction, so naturally I got the requisite … Continue reading

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The Arrival

This wordless graphic novel by Shaun Tan presents a familiar immigrant tale, but the presentation makes it unfamiliar. It begins with a man leaving his wife and daughter in a city where some sort of danger lurks. He crosses the ocean, … Continue reading

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The Rook

Dear You,  The body you are wearing used to be mine. Thus begins the letter Myfanwy Thomas finds in her pocket when she opens her eyes in the pouring rain one London night, dead bodies wearing latex gloves all around … Continue reading

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The Goddess Chronicle

On a tiny island shaped like a teardrop, two sisters face very different fates. Beautiful Kamikuu is chosen to be the Oracle, representative of light and life. Her sister, Namima, is the “impure one,” yin to Kamikuu’s yang, and must … Continue reading

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Kraken

Every time I read a blurb about one of China Miéville’s books, I think, “Oh, that sounds wonderful — he sounds like an author who’s right up my alley.” And I have friends, too, who love him and all his … Continue reading

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Interior Darkness

I haven’t read any Peter Straub for a long time. His Magic Terror left me cold, and when I followed that too closely by Houses Without Doors, I gave up on him altogether (but not without a loud complaint.) Still, … Continue reading

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Avatar: The Comics

If anyone had told me five years ago that an animated Nickelodeon show would become one of my favorite TV shows ever, I’d have had a hard time believing it. I don’t consider myself too grown-up for animation or anything … Continue reading

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The Raven King

It was a long wait, but Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle series concluded this week with the release of The Raven King. In the past few weeks, I reread all three of the preceding books. (This included listening to The Raven Boys on audio, … Continue reading

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What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours

I’m on record as liking my short stories weird. Authors can get away with things in short stories that would be unbearable if they tried to sustain it for hundreds of pages. So I was excited that Helen Oyeyemi’s new … Continue reading

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