Spirited Away in 19th Century Malacca: a Review of Choo Yangsze’s The Ghost Bride

I was born on the 14th of July and growing up, my grandmother told me that if I was born on the 14th day of the 7th month (七月十四) according to the Chinese calendar, my birthday would coincide with the Ghost Festival when the gates of hell are open and ghosts would be free toContinue reading “Spirited Away in 19th Century Malacca: a Review of Choo Yangsze’s The Ghost Bride”

The Controversial Politics of Fantastical Wish Fulfillment: a Review of T. J. Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea

We used to have a rescue, a Siberian husky, whom we named Lucy. And it was quite apparent to all who met him that Lucy is a boy and because we live in a deeply gendered society, people naturally wondered why we named him that—and I, naturally a troll, enjoyed everyone’s bafflement so much thatContinue reading “The Controversial Politics of Fantastical Wish Fulfillment: a Review of T. J. Klune’s The House in the Cerulean Sea”

The Grandaddy of Vampire Stories: a Review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula

I have read little vampire fiction aside from Ms Kostova’s The Historian, the first Twilight book, and one of George R. R. Martin’s earlier published work, Fevre Dream, but vampires aren’t alien to me since they often pop up in other fantasy works as villains or side characters. Full disclosure: the Dracula I am mostContinue reading “The Grandaddy of Vampire Stories: a Review of Bram Stoker’s Dracula”

British Warlocks Vs. Nazi Psychic Super Soldiers: a Review of Ian Tregillis’ Milkweed Tryptich

Last year, I read Mr Tregillis’ alternate history fantasy series The Alchemy Wars which was fun romp through a world where Dutch horologists discovered the secret to building clockwork automatons which made them the dominant power in the world while the French (with their metallurgical arts) fight a losing war against them. Before Mr TregillisContinue reading “British Warlocks Vs. Nazi Psychic Super Soldiers: a Review of Ian Tregillis’ Milkweed Tryptich”

Empress in the FRANXX: a Review of Xiran Jay Zhao’s Iron Widow

The pitch for the regular person on the street is that this is “a Pacific Rim meets The Handmaid’s Tale reimagining of the rise of the only female emperor in Chinese history”. And even though that spoke to me, what spoke to me louder was the alternate pitch the author put out: it is moreContinue reading “Empress in the FRANXX: a Review of Xiran Jay Zhao’s Iron Widow”

A Warrior and Wife in an Upside Down World: a Review of M. L. Wang’s The Sword of Kaigen

I have never read a self-published book before and when I asked for recommendations, this one title floated above the rest. The Sword of Kaigen is a fantasy standalone book set in M. L. Wang’s Theonite sci-fi series, and all I knew about it going in is that it is a war story (as itContinue reading “A Warrior and Wife in an Upside Down World: a Review of M. L. Wang’s The Sword of Kaigen”

Into the Grishaverse: a Review of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone Trilogy

The Shadow and Bone trilogy is Leigh Bardugo’s debut work and it had taken the YA fantasy world by storm and in a few short days, that stormfront will hit the mainstream when its highly anticipated Netflix adaptation premieres. Even though the TV series will bring in stuff from the Six of Crows duology (MsContinue reading “Into the Grishaverse: a Review of Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone Trilogy”

Over Sideways and Under, On a Magic Carpet Ride: A Review of R. B. Lemberg’s The Four Profound Weaves

The first of the Four Profound Weaves is woven from wind. It signifies change. I am a little speechless, and I don’t really know how to talk about this book, because The Four Profound Weaves is the sort of book that makes me not want to do anything except stare at nothing for awhile. ItContinue reading “Over Sideways and Under, On a Magic Carpet Ride: A Review of R. B. Lemberg’s The Four Profound Weaves”

Which is It? Deadpool 2 or Teen Titans Go! To the Movies?

This is a 2018 superhero film featuring multiple superheroes with strong comedic elements and the constant breaking of the 4th wall. It features a character that people called Deadpool who dresses in red and black and fights with guns and swords. The film also references to other films in both the Marvel and DC CinematicContinue reading “Which is It? Deadpool 2 or Teen Titans Go! To the Movies?”

Which is It? Tangled or The Hunchback of Notre Dame?

I just saw an Academy Award-nominated Disney film about a protagonist with a unique physical attribute who was confined to a life of isolation in a tower by a villainous parental surrogate who claimed to only want what’s best for the protagonist. Unbeknownst to the protagonist, the villainous parental figure was the reason for theContinue reading “Which is It? Tangled or The Hunchback of Notre Dame?”

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