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”

Humanity’s Fight or Flight Response: a Review of Liu Cixin’s The Dark Forest

“Yan Yan, do you know what the greatest expression of regard for a race or civilization is?” “No, what?” “Annihilation. That’s the highest respect a civilization can receive. They would only feel threatened by a civilization they truly respect.” As with the first book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy—The Three-Body Problem—I think theContinue reading “Humanity’s Fight or Flight Response: a Review of Liu Cixin’s The Dark Forest”

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”

The Holy War for the Soul of Science: a Review of Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem

The more transparent something was, the more mysterious it seemed. The universe itself was transparent; as long as you were sufficiently sharp-eyed, you could see as far as you liked. But the farther you looked, the more mysterious it became. Even though I am ethnically Chinese, my experience with Chinese literature is severely underfed owingContinue reading “The Holy War for the Soul of Science: a Review of Liu Cixin’s The Three-Body Problem”

The Time Traveling Sex Offender: a Review of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife

I turn to look at Clare and just for a moment I forget that she is young, and that this is long ago; I see Clare, my wife, superimposed on the face of this young girl, and I don’t know what to say to this Clare who is old and young and different from otherContinue reading “The Time Traveling Sex Offender: a Review of Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife”

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”

Hunting Witches in Alabama in the 60’s: A Film Review of The Witches

Roald Dahl is a foundational author in my life, and the first book of his I read was The Witches. I read it when my young mind was still floating about in that weird wooliness between imagination and reality, so when the book taught me how to spot witches living in secret amongst us, IContinue reading “Hunting Witches in Alabama in the 60’s: A Film Review of The Witches”

Chicago: Total War: a Review of Jim Butcher’s Battle Ground

I seized the tentacle that had me by the head and pulled hard enough to get enough counterpressure to keep it from snapping my neck—and it left me suspended uncomfortably, stretched out between the overwhelming opposing forces, just trying to hang on. Story of my freaking life. Harry Dresden, professional wizard. I’m a little busyContinue reading “Chicago: Total War: a Review of Jim Butcher’s Battle Ground”

The Intersectionality of Magical Academia: A Review of Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education

I decided that Orion needed to die after the second time he saved my life. I am a fan of Naomi Novik from the very beginning. To date, I’ve read each and every one of her published novels, including all 9 books of her Napoleonic Wars dragon series, Temeraire. So she sits alongside China MiévilleContinue reading “The Intersectionality of Magical Academia: A Review of Naomi Novik’s A Deadly Education”

Something’s Waiting in the Bushes of Love: A Review of Emily Tesh’s Greenhollow Duology

“There’s a lot of interesting stories about Greenhollow Wood, I know,” said Silver. “But that’s all they are—folktales. There are no dryads, no wild men, no fairy kings, and no monsters. Is that right, Mr Finch?” “Certainly haven’t seen a fairy king yet,” said Tobias. Even though I am a longtime fan of the fantasyContinue reading “Something’s Waiting in the Bushes of Love: A Review of Emily Tesh’s Greenhollow Duology”

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