Category Archives: Speculative Fiction

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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Station Eleven

Over the past twenty years or so, I’ve read a fair bit of dystopian fiction, starting with Stephen King’s The Stand (one of my very favorites of his novels.) Authors of dystopias are often doing what King calls “dancing on … Continue reading

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Thorn

The Goose Girl is a character from Grimm, of course, and she’s unfortunate (also of course.) She’s a princess riding her talking horse on her way to meet her prince when her maid forces her to switch places and threatens … Continue reading

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The Broken Kingdoms

This novel takes place about ten years after the end of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, after Bright Itempas’s exile and the growth of the World Tree. It opens with a new character: Oree Shoth, a blind street artist who despite … Continue reading

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Ancillary Justice

Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice is a space opera set thousands of years in the future, when the ruling power in the galaxy is the expansionist Radch Empire (motto: “Justice, Propriety, and Benefit.”) The empire (which, like Rome, adopts other planets’ … Continue reading

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Bats of the Republic

Described on the cover as “An Illuminated Novel,” Bats of the Republic is a visual feast. Pages with lime-green accents are followed by sepia-toned pages of handwriting and sketches. Some pages looked like scanned images from an old book, there’s a whole section … Continue reading

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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Oscar Wilde is an author I’ve been meaning to read for years. Of course, I know a lot about his work just because I’m culturally literate, but I’ve never actually read anything he’s written, with the exception of “The Ballad … Continue reading

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