Cultural Hegemony and Colonialism… IN SPACE!: A Review of Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire

“How goes this stupid rebellion, Nineteen Adze?” asked the Emperor. “Stupidly,” Nineteen Adze said… On the dedication page, Ms Martine expressed this sentiment, This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever fallen in love with a culture that was devouring their own. That is a powerful statement, and it is one I wrestled withContinue reading “Cultural Hegemony and Colonialism… IN SPACE!: A Review of Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire”

Lesbian Necromancers… IN SPACE!: A Review of Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth

“Nonagesimus,” she said slowly, “the only job I’d do for you would be if you wanted someone to hold the sword as you fell on it. The only job I’d do for you would be if you wanted your ass kicked so hard, the Locked Tomb opened and a parade came out to sing, ‘Lo!Continue reading “Lesbian Necromancers… IN SPACE!: A Review of Tamsyn Muir’s Gideon the Ninth”

The Desperate Housewife of Chalion: A Review of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Paladin of Souls

I am the Mouth of Hell I encountered the word “paladin” when I was ten or eleven, and I learned it from the the real-time strategy game Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. So the conception of a paladin in my head is one of burly armoured knights on horseback armed with holy magical abilities andContinue reading “The Desperate Housewife of Chalion: A Review of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Paladin of Souls”

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