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”

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”

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 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”

Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell

There is nothing else in magic but the wild thought of the bird as it casts itself into the void. There is no creature upon the earth with such potential for magic. Even the least of them may fly straight out of this world and come by chance to the Other Lands. Where does theContinue reading “Of English Magic, Fairies, and Pineapples: A Review of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell”

Once Upon a Time in a Malaysian Coffeehouse: A Review of Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water

“… Let the lady be. Heaven will punish her if she is wrong.” “That’s right,” said the waitress, but the customer did not agree. “Lady!” he snorted. “This girl is a useless slut.” “Actually I’m a nun,” said the waitress, pointing at her bald head. “So, literally the opposite of a slut!” Zen Cho’s novella,Continue reading “Once Upon a Time in a Malaysian Coffeehouse: A Review of Zen Cho’s The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water”

Disney Brought Dishonour To Us All: A Film Review of Disney’s Live Action Mulan

Oh boy. Oh brother. Where do I even begin with this… this nonsense? There will be spoilers, and I say that as if I give a shit. Okay, usually I would do a bit of research, reading, and maybe even talk to some friends before I review something but fuck it, I am only goingContinue reading “Disney Brought Dishonour To Us All: A Film Review of Disney’s Live Action Mulan”

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