Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

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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Castle in the Air for #DWJMarch

I’ve been flipping through my copy of Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones to find a funny part to share with you all, but I’m going to have to ask you to take my word for it that … Continue reading

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Green Grass, Running Water

Is it possible to enjoy a book you don’t understand? I think it is. I certainly enjoyed Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King, but there’s a lot of it that I didn’t understand. The novel blends the stories of … Continue reading

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Tenth of December

One of the things I’ve come to appreciate about short stories is the way they give authors room to play with an idea without having to fully flesh it out or offer a full-fledged plot. Sometimes just a glimpse of … Continue reading

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Station Eleven

What was lost in the collapse: almost everything, almost everyone, but there is still such beauty. Twilight in the altered world, a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a parking lot in the mysteriously named town of St. Deborah … Continue reading

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Revival

At the start of Stephen King’s newest novel, Jamie Morton muses on the people in our lives—those who are close to us and those who aren’t. Friends, family, acquaintances, and people we just pass on the street. But then there’s … Continue reading

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