The Haunted Life of a Malaysian Schoolgirl: A Review of Hanna Alkaf’s The Girl and the Ghost

By the time Suraya was five years old, she should have broken various bones in her body at least twelve different times, been poisoned twice, and possibly have actually died on seven separate occasions. While I do absolutely appreciate Hanna Alkaf’s young adult historical fiction on Malaysia’s May 13 Incident, I expressed that it wasContinue reading “The Haunted Life of a Malaysian Schoolgirl: A Review of Hanna Alkaf’s The Girl and the Ghost”

Do Clockwork Androids Dream of Electric Cuckoos?: A Review of Ian Tregillis’ The Mechanical

Clockmakers lie. I blame the unimaginative blurb for The Mechanical for putting me off reading it for this long. It was written in the first person, from the point of view of Jax, an enslaved “clakker” or “mechanical man” who ominously warns the reader that he shall be free someday. I mean, read this andContinue reading “Do Clockwork Androids Dream of Electric Cuckoos?: A Review of Ian Tregillis’ The Mechanical”

The Long-Awaited Return of Harry Dresden: A Review of Jim Butcher’s Peace Talks

The supernatural world had been kind of topsy-turvy lately. Some lunatic had managed to wipe out the Red Court of Vampires completely, and the resulting vacuum had destabilized balances of power that were centuries old. The biggest result of the chaos was that the Fomor, the undersea power hardly anyone had spoken about during myContinue reading “The Long-Awaited Return of Harry Dresden: A Review of Jim Butcher’s Peace Talks”

2020 Nebula Awards: My Guest Appearance on the Two Book Nerds Talking Podcast

This is a bit of a throwback but earlier in May, before this blog existed, I was invited as a guest on Diana and Honey’s Two Book Nerds Talking podcast along with Malaysian writer Tina Isaacs to discuss the nominees for this year’s Nebula Awards. We mostly talked about the hopefuls for Best Novel andContinue reading “2020 Nebula Awards: My Guest Appearance on the Two Book Nerds Talking Podcast”

Rick Deckard and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: A Review of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

In the irregular light the bounty hunter seemed a medium man, not impressive. Round face and hairless, smooth features; like a clerk in a bureaucratic office. Methodical but informal. Not demi-god in shape; not at all as Isidore had anticipated him. About 3 years ago, a friend of mine was surprised and delighted to findContinue reading “Rick Deckard and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day: A Review of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?”

A Writer, a Muse, and a 15th Century Florentine Philosopher Walks into a Gelato Bar: A Review of Jo Walton’s Or What You Will

Ficino looks at him sadly. “How many times will I have to lose you, old friend?”“It doesn’t matter how many, does it? As long as you always get me back. Ms Walton remains one of the most original minds writing in the science-fiction and fantasy genre today to me, but even I could not anticipateContinue reading “A Writer, a Muse, and a 15th Century Florentine Philosopher Walks into a Gelato Bar: A Review of Jo Walton’s Or What You Will”

A Tale of Two Cities and an Island: A Review of H. G. Parry’s A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians

You complain that I have committed illegal acts. Of course I have. We all have. The Revolution is illegal. The fall of the Bastille was illegal. The formation of this republic was illegal—as illegal as liberty itself. Citizens, do you want a revolution without a revolution? The words above are the words of the real,Continue reading “A Tale of Two Cities and an Island: A Review of H. G. Parry’s A Declaration of the Rights of Magicians”

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