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”

An Urban Fantasy, Literally: a Review of N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became

Come, then, City That Never Sleeps. Let me show you what lurks in the empty spaces where nightmares dare not tread. I fell hard for Dan Harmon’s sitcom Community about 10 years ago, long before Mr Harmon found mainstream recognition for his writing in Rick and Morty. I was so much of a fan thatContinue reading “An Urban Fantasy, Literally: a Review of N. K. Jemisin’s The City We Became”

The Haunting of Jevick of Tyom: A Review of Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria

My father is a palmand my mother is a jacaranda tree.I go sailing from Ilavet to Pravin my boat, in my little skin boat. Jo Walton is an inveterate recommender of books. In 2014, she published What Makes This Book So Great, a collection of 130 essays about fantasy and science fiction books she loves.Continue reading “The Haunting of Jevick of Tyom: A Review of Sofia Samatar’s A Stranger in Olondria”

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