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”

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”

Black Lives Matter and US Foreign Policy: A Review of Max Gladstone’s Last First Snow

For false gods, they cast long shadows. I have no educational background in literature, and when I write reviews of books I read, I am not able to engage in the exercise on a highly esoteric level. I do however, strive to relate the book I am examining to other works I have encountered, andContinue reading “Black Lives Matter and US Foreign Policy: A Review of Max Gladstone’s Last First Snow”

The Bromance Book Club Growls for #MeToo: A Review of Lyssa Kay Adams’ Undercover Bromance

You use weakness as a weapon. You’re so ashamed of your own mistakes in life, so afraid of your own fragility, that you accuse everyone else around you of being soft just for the crime of basic human frailty. I am still a baby when it comes contemporary romance and since I enjoyed the firstContinue reading “The Bromance Book Club Growls for #MeToo: A Review of Lyssa Kay Adams’ Undercover Bromance”

Offshore Shell Religions and Idolatry on Fantasy Hawaii: A Review of Max Gladstone’s Full Fathom Five

To steal a man’s wallet from his front pocket you pressed against his thigh in place of the wallet’s weight. To steal a man’s soul, you pressed against him with your dreams and visions, so he wouldn’t notice when his own lost color. This is the fourth time I returned to the world Mr GladstoneContinue reading “Offshore Shell Religions and Idolatry on Fantasy Hawaii: A Review of Max Gladstone’s Full Fathom Five”

The Perils of Corporate Godhood: A Review of Max Gladstone’s Four Roads Cross

“I kill gods and guard them, and raise them from the dead when they die. I don’t pray.” There is this 2001 Australian movie starring the late Bill Connolly called The Man Who Sued God with a very fun and clever premise. Connolly’s character’s boat was destroyed by lightning, and when he tried to claimContinue reading “The Perils of Corporate Godhood: A Review of Max Gladstone’s Four Roads Cross”

Cultural Hegemony and Colonialism… IN SPACE!: A Review of Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire

“How goes this stupid rebellion, Nineteen Adze?” asked the Emperor. “Stupidly,” Nineteen Adze said… On the dedication page, Ms Martine expressed this sentiment, This book is dedicated to anyone who has ever fallen in love with a culture that was devouring their own. That is a powerful statement, and it is one I wrestled withContinue reading “Cultural Hegemony and Colonialism… IN SPACE!: A Review of Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire”

The Desperate Housewife of Chalion: A Review of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Paladin of Souls

I am the Mouth of Hell I encountered the word “paladin” when I was ten or eleven, and I learned it from the the real-time strategy game Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness. So the conception of a paladin in my head is one of burly armoured knights on horseback armed with holy magical abilities andContinue reading “The Desperate Housewife of Chalion: A Review of Lois McMaster Bujold’s Paladin of Souls”

When the Gods Have it Out for You: A Review of Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion

Bujold is a titan in fantasy and sci-fi literature, as august and as celebrated as Le Guin or Heinlein, and it rarely ends well when I try out a new (to me) author with so much preconceived expectations of greatness. One almost invariably meets with disappointment. Almost. And I said almost because Bujold absolutely deliveredContinue reading “When the Gods Have it Out for You: A Review of Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Curse of Chalion”

Who Killed Kos Everburning?: A Review of Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead

Gods, like men, can die. They just die harder, and smite the earth with their passing. Depending on how you are counting, Three Parts Dead is either the 1st or the 3rd book in Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence—but the books are considered to be stand-alones. It had been recommended to me for quite some timeContinue reading “Who Killed Kos Everburning?: A Review of Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead”

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