Some Heroes Are Made, Not Born: Review of T. Kingfisher’s Nettle & Bone

Some Heroes Are Made, Not Born: Review of T. Kingfisher’s Nettle & Bone REVIEW AUTHOR NAME Under Review:Nettle & Bone. T. Kingfisher. Tor Books, April 2022. I’m always fond of the reluctant hero image: the person who, Frodo Baggins-style, would much rather be left alone to live a quiet life but takes on the mantle … Continue reading Some Heroes Are Made, Not Born: Review of T. Kingfisher’s Nettle & Bone

A Thesis on Abiding Love and Undying Hope: Review of How to Build a Home for the End of the World by Keely Shinners

A Thesis on Abiding Love and Undying Hope: Review of How to Build a Home for the End of the World by Keely Shinners Shikha Vats Under Review:How to Build a Home for the End of the World. Keely Shinners. Perennial Press, May 2022. Early on in Keely Shinners’ How to Build a Home for … Continue reading A Thesis on Abiding Love and Undying Hope: Review of How to Build a Home for the End of the World by Keely Shinners

Rethinking the Final Frontier: Review of Astrotopia by Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Rethinking the Final Frontier: Review of Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race by Mary-Jane Rubenstein Jeremy Brett Under Review:Astrotopia: The Dangerous Religion of the Corporate Space Race. Mary-Jane Rubenstein. University of Chicago Press, November 2022. Few books of late have given me such pause as Mary-Jane Rubenstein’s thoughtful Astrotopia. Like many, I … Continue reading Rethinking the Final Frontier: Review of Astrotopia by Mary-Jane Rubenstein

Guess the Nonhuman: Review of Martin Crowley’s Accidental Agents

Guess the Nonhuman: Review of Martin Crowley’s Accidental Agents: Ecological Politics Beyond the Human Margaryta Golovchenko Under Review:Accidental Agents: Ecological Politics Beyond the Human. Martin Crowley. Columbia University Press, February 2022. It is perhaps more efficient to talk about Martin Crowley’s book Accidental Agents: Ecological Politics Beyond the Human in terms of what it is … Continue reading Guess the Nonhuman: Review of Martin Crowley’s Accidental Agents

Revolutionary Rupture: A review of China Miéville’s A Spectre, Haunting

Revolutionary Rupture: A review of China Miéville's A Spectre, Haunting: On the Communist Manifesto Anna McFarlane Under Review:A Spectre, Haunting: On the Communist Manifesto. China Miéville. Haymarket Books, November 2022. China Miéville is the most important UK author of the early twenty-first century; his Bas Lag fantasy trilogy brought a new kind of socially-conscious weird … Continue reading Revolutionary Rupture: A review of China Miéville’s A Spectre, Haunting

The whole land shall be a desolation, yet will I not make a full end: Kay Chronister’s liminal Desert Creatures

The whole land shall be a desolation, yet will I not make a full end: Kay Chronister’s liminal Desert Creatures Zachary Gillan Under Review:Desert Creatues. Kay Chronister. Erewhon Books, November 2022. The word “liminal” is having a moment on the internet. As with so many things having a moment on the internet, though, it’s being … Continue reading The whole land shall be a desolation, yet will I not make a full end: Kay Chronister’s liminal Desert Creatures

Mechas and the Gay Agenda in Space: A Review of August Kitko and the Mechas from Space by Alex White

Mechas and the Gay Agenda in Space: A Review of August Kitko and the Mechas from Space by Alex White Adam McLain Under Review:August Kitko and the Mechas from Space. Alex White. Orbit, July 2022. As a giant robot speeds through space to destroy Earth, August Kitko is at a rock concert, nihilistically contemplating his … Continue reading Mechas and the Gay Agenda in Space: A Review of August Kitko and the Mechas from Space by Alex White

Sharp Edges of an Echo: A Review of Dashiel Carrera’s The Deer

Sharp Edges of an Echo: A Review of Dashiel Carrera's The Deer Justin A Burnett. Under Review:The Deer. Dashiel Carrrera. Dalkey Archive Press, September 2022. A debut novel takes a risk when its demands are uncompromising. When a debut novel makes it onto Dalkey Archive’s publishing roster, its demands must nevertheless be worth taking seriously. … Continue reading Sharp Edges of an Echo: A Review of Dashiel Carrera’s The Deer

Alienation, the Body, and Society: A Review of Panics by Barbara Molinard

Alienation, the Body, and Society: A Review of Panics by Barbara Molinard Celeste Pepitone-Nahas Under Review:Panics. Barbara Molinard, translated by Emma Ramadan. Feminist Press, September 2022. Alienation is the central theme of Barbara Molinard’s short story collection, Panics. Written in 1969, it is now appearing in English for the first time, translated from the French … Continue reading Alienation, the Body, and Society: A Review of Panics by Barbara Molinard

Heaven Can Wait: A Review of Even Though I Knew the End

Heaven Can Wait: A Review of Even Though I Knew the End Jeremy Brett Under Review:Even Though I Knew the End. C.L. Polk. Tordotcom, November 2022. C.L. Polk’s fiction is deeply concerned with the societal, psychological, and personal costs of magic, and the ways in which magic and social inequalities interact. In her 3-novel Kingston … Continue reading Heaven Can Wait: A Review of Even Though I Knew the End