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?”

Which is It? Moana or Pocahontas?

I just saw a Disney film about a brown-skinned daughter of a village chief. She listened to a force of nature which told her her destiny and she counted among her associates an ancient supernatural being and a dumb bird. Against her father’s wishes, she left the safety of her village in a boat andContinue reading “Which is It? Moana or Pocahontas?”

The Violence of the Lamb: a Review of Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country

Evil turned out not to be a grand thing. Not sneering Emperors with their world-conquering designs. Not cackling demons plotting in the darkness beyond the world. It was small men with their small acts and their small reasons. It was selfishness and carelessness and waste. It was bad luck, incompetence, and stupidity. It was violenceContinue reading “The Violence of the Lamb: a Review of Joe Abercrombie’s Red Country”

Going South by Southeast: a Film Review of Raya and the Last Dragon

Being a Malaysian and Southeast Asian (and literally writing a review blog called A Naga of the Nusantara), I was naturally excited to see that Disney is finally turning their profit machine to exploiting my regional culture. Okay I know that sounds cynical but I am realistic about these things—the House of Mouse is inContinue reading “Going South by Southeast: a Film Review of Raya and the Last Dragon”

Red, Brown, and Yellow in Tooth and Claw: a Review of Indra Das’ The Devourers

I can’t remember it’s provenance, but I once heard someone joked that Tolkien characters don’t exist from the waist down. No one fucks, shits or pisses in Middle-earth. Now, it is generally true in fiction that bodily functions are never mentioned unless they are relevant to the story, something that Mitchell and Webb made funContinue reading “Red, Brown, and Yellow in Tooth and Claw: a Review of Indra Das’ The Devourers”

Murcatto’s Seven and Her Grand Tour of Revenge and Mayhem: a Review of Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold

You were a hero round these parts. That’s what they call you when you kill so many people the word murderer falls short. I remember reading the entire original First Law trilogy more than 10 years ago and loving it but with the passage of time, I retained only the barest skeleton of the books’Continue reading “Murcatto’s Seven and Her Grand Tour of Revenge and Mayhem: a Review of Joe Abercrombie’s Best Served Cold”

Not Over the Moon Over Over the Moon: A Film Review of Netflix’s Over the Moon

Chang’e is the Chinese goddess of the moon. As the legend goes, there used to be 10 suns which took turns to cross the sky every day, but one day, all 10 of them came out, roasting the world with their combined radiance. In response, Hou Yi heroically shot down 9 of them, and inContinue reading “Not Over the Moon Over Over the Moon: A Film Review of Netflix’s Over the Moon”

Suffragists, but Witches: a Review of Alix E. Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches

“Witching and women’s rights. Suffrage and spells. They’re both…” She gestures in midair again. “They’re both a kind of power, aren’t they? The kind we aren’t allowed to have.” The kind I want, says the hungry shine of her eyes. Once in awhile, one would come across a concept of a book that would makeContinue reading “Suffragists, but Witches: a Review of Alix E. Harrow’s The Once and Future Witches”

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