On the Origin of Draconic Species: A Review of Marie Brennan’s The Memoirs of Lady Trent

I forgot when I first embarked on The Memoirs of Lady Trent series but at the time, there were only two books out (so it was probably pre-2015). This year, I closed the cover on the 5th and final book. What I recently discovered was that the series was honoured with a nomination for aContinue reading “On the Origin of Draconic Species: A Review of Marie Brennan’s The Memoirs of Lady Trent”

An IKEA Catalogue of Norse Gods: A Review of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology

Much like Mr Gaiman, I too grew up loving myths and in due course, developed a partiality to the Norse variety. I cannot recall when I was first introduced to them but the twin influence of the real-time strategy game Age of Mythology, and Bellingham, Whitaker and Grant’s Myths and Legends solidified that affection forContinue reading “An IKEA Catalogue of Norse Gods: A Review of Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology”

Japanese Landscaping During the Malayan Emergency: A Film Review of The Garden of Evening Mists

On 16th January 2020, I attended the sneak preview for the film adaptation of The Garden of Evening Mists, and I have Thoughts. I will preface this by saying that while I liked the Mr Tan Twan Eng’s book, I did not love it, and had really wanted the film to surpass its ink-and-paper sourceContinue reading “Japanese Landscaping During the Malayan Emergency: A Film Review of The Garden of Evening Mists”

A Love Letter to Portal Fantasy: A Review of Alix E. Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January

No one really remembers their own origins. Most of us possess a kind of hazy mythology about our early childhood, a set of stories told and retold by our parents, interwoven with our blurred baby memories. They tell us about the time we nearly died crawling down the stairs after the family cat; the wayContinue reading “A Love Letter to Portal Fantasy: A Review of Alix E. Harrow’s The Ten Thousand Doors of January”

Not a Review of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Virtue and Vengeance

Okay, I found my first wallbanger of the year. When I started the book, I was like: not bad, it’s an improvement from the 1st book, I’ll give you 3 stars. Oh hey, things are getting more interesting, maybe 4 stars. Then, oh no, why are you like this, Zélie? Back down to 3 stars,Continue reading “Not a Review of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Virtue and Vengeance”

American Imperialism… IN SPACE!: A Review of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Word for World is Forest

I close the year 2019 as I close the cover to Le Guin’s 1972 Hugo Award-winning novella, The Word for World is Forest. I laugh readily when I read, but I am less easily moved—so I was taken by surprise when I found tears in my eyes by the end of this slim 128-page volume.Continue reading “American Imperialism… IN SPACE!: A Review of Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Word for World is Forest”

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