Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

Y: The Last Man

On July 17, 2002, a plague sweeps the world. All mammals with a Y chromosome — including embryos and sperm — die nearly simultaneously, along with many women in accidents such as plane crashes. Society and infrastructure collapses into chaos, … Continue reading

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The Sandman: Overture

Years ago, my husband made a ceremony of giving me each of the oversize, deluxe editions of the Sandman comics for Christmas, one year after another. I’d spend Christmas afternoon lost in them, absorbed, with an incongruous background of choristers … Continue reading

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Necessity

Jo Walton’s The Just City was one of my favorite books of last year. The sequel, The Philosopher Kings, was not quite as good, but it was interesting enough, and its game-changing ending left me curious about this, the final book in … Continue reading

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The Underground Railroad

For an embarrassingly long time, I thought the Underground Railroad was an actual railroad, at least partly underground. A secret train to freedom is an image than can easily catch a child’s imagination—especially when that child hasn’t been around trains … Continue reading

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Mr. Fox

Mr. Fox does not know what to do with the women in his books. Or, rather, he knows of only one thing to do with them. He kills them. Roberta saws off her hand and foot and bleeds to death … Continue reading

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Boy, Snow, Bird

There are lots of authors who like to turn to fairy tales and folklore for their inspiration, but none of them (that I know of, anyway) are quite like Helen Oyeyemi. In White is for Witching, in Icarus Girl, in … Continue reading

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Hystopia

Set in an alternate version of the 1960s, this novel by David Means follows a trio of Vietnam veterans who’ve undergone a procedure called enfolding that eliminates their memories of past trauma. It’s not a fool-proof procedure, however. Drugs, a cold bath, … Continue reading

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Kingdom of the Gods

I read and thoroughly enjoyed the first two books in N.K. Jemisin’s Inheritance trilogy. I especially liked the way she played with ideas about religion, class, and race, and while her plotting is intricate (maybe even Byzantine), her characterization and … Continue reading

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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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