Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

The Philosopher Kings

As soon as I finished The Just City, Jo Walton’s marvelous story of a Platonic utopia gone dystopian, I began counting the days until summer, when the sequel, The Philosopher Kings, would be published. The first book chronicled the building of … Continue reading

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The Replacement

One of the most vivid, sad, and frightening scenes in Little, Big is about a changeling. Sophie brings the thing with which the faeries have replaced her infant daughter Lilac to George Mouse, hoping against hope for some kind of … Continue reading

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Through the Woods

I love a creepy story, and this book by Emily Carroll offers five of them, all in comics form and all very, very creepy. These stories are short and lavishly illustrated, and I hesitate to tell you much of what … Continue reading

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Little, Big (late read-along part 2)

In my last post on Little, Big, I talked briefly about some of the authors that crowd the pages of the book: Lewis Carroll, A.A. Milne, Giordano Bruno, Kenneth Grahame, George MacDonald, Ovid, and on and on. (Tom at Wuthering … Continue reading

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Thorn

Before I started reading Thorn by Intisar Khanani, I kept reminding myself to go read the story of the Goose Girl. Because what good is a fairy tale retelling if you don’t know the tale it’s retelling? Well, I kept … Continue reading

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Little, Big (a late read-along)

During the merry merry month of May, Dolce Bellezza invited bloggers to join her in a read-along of John Crowley’s Little, Big; one of my favorite novels by one of my favorite authors. I rashly said I wanted in, even … Continue reading

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The Lost Boys Symphony

There’s something wrong with Henry. The 19-year-old musician had always been eccentric, but lately things have gotten worse. And when Henry goes missing shortly after his girlfriend Val breaks up with him, his childhood friend and roommate Gabe doesn’t know … Continue reading

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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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