The Pursuit of Platonic Excellence Across Space and Time: A Review of Jo Walton’s Thessaly Trilogy

“You can’t trust everything that ass Plato wrote,” Sokrates said. There was a time in my life when I was going through the list of past winners and nominees of The World Fantasy Award, and saw that the 2004 winner was Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton. It was described as an English romance inContinue reading “The Pursuit of Platonic Excellence Across Space and Time: A Review of Jo Walton’s Thessaly Trilogy”

A Magical School Like No Other: A Review of Kuroyanagi Tetsuko’s Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window

Having eyes, but not seeing beauty; having ears, but not hearing music; having minds, but not perceiving truth; having hearts that are never moved and therefore never set on fire. These are the things to fear, said the headmaster. When I was in school in my tweens, I discovered this series of three books byContinue reading “A Magical School Like No Other: A Review of Kuroyanagi Tetsuko’s Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window”

May 13 for Young Adults: A Review of Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky

I am a little ashamed to say that Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky is the first and only novel written by a Malaysian author I have ever read, even though I am Malaysian. It is probably because my personal poison is fantasy and sci-fi, and there are simply not a lot of SFFContinue reading “May 13 for Young Adults: A Review of Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky”

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