Dangerous Knowledge in the Garden: Review of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Dangerous Knowledge in the Garden: Review of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey Jake Casella Brookins Under Review: The Echo Wife. Sarah Gailey. Tor Books, 2021. Cloning has been used for horrific effect back to at least Brave New World (1932), focusing on its “unnaturalness” and the uncanniness of the doppelgänger, and was foreshadowed in … Continue reading Dangerous Knowledge in the Garden: Review of The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

Brown Women In The Ring: Review of Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

Brown Women In The Ring: Review of Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark J. Frank Beane Under Review: Ring Shout. P. Djèlí Clark. Tordotcom, 2020. P. Djèlí Clark’s unapologetically Black novella Ring Shout is an excellent example of a book in the fantasy subgenre of Black magic. Other books in this subgenre include Nalo Hopkinson’s … Continue reading Brown Women In The Ring: Review of Ring Shout by P. Djèlí Clark

The World is Broken, I’m Not: Review of Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die, ed. dave ring

The World is Broken, I’m Not: Review of Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn’t Die, ed. dave ring Ceci Mancuso Under Review: Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World that Wouldn't Die. dave ring, editor. Neon Hemlock, 2020. Neon Hemlock’s Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Didn’t … Continue reading The World is Broken, I’m Not: Review of Glitter + Ashes: Queer Tales of a World That Wouldn’t Die, ed. dave ring

Between Black and White: Review of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Between Black and White: Review of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett Ashumi Shah Under Review: The Vanishing Half. Brit Bennett. Riverhead Books, 2020. In the sociological sense, “passing” is a deceptively simple term for a complex concept. Passing—the ability of an individual to be regarded as a member of an identity group or category … Continue reading Between Black and White: Review of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Detecting Agency and Ethics: Review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Detecting Agency and Ethics: Review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood Marisa Mercurio Under Review: Fortune Favors the Dead. Stephen Spotswood. Doubleday, 2020. Amid calls for police abolition and budget cuts, scrutiny of American crime media—a genre inspired by police detectives—has yielded further reflections on law enforcement’s pervasiveness within our society. Literary depictions … Continue reading Detecting Agency and Ethics: Review of Fortune Favors the Dead by Stephen Spotswood

Cold War Dragons and Everyday Magic: Review of Burn by Patrick Ness

Cold War Dragons and Everyday Magic: Review of Burn by Patrick Ness Ibtisam Ahmed Under Review: Burn. Patrick Ness. Quill Tree Books, 2020. At its best, speculative fiction is a wonderfully paradoxical genre. Amidst the vibrant worldbuilding and lore lies an ability to poignantly reflect on issues pertaining to the real world. So, when I … Continue reading Cold War Dragons and Everyday Magic: Review of Burn by Patrick Ness

Fashioning a Queer Fairy Tale: Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen

Fashioning a Queer Fairy Tale: Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen Marisa Mercurio Under Review: The Dragon of Ynys. Minerva Cerridwen. Atthis Arts, 2022. Fairy tales don’t age. They belong to an elusive other world in which time moves out of pace with our own. There, the woods still gobble up children … Continue reading Fashioning a Queer Fairy Tale: Review of The Dragon of Ynys by Minerva Cerridwen

The Unbuilding Complete: Review of Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture edited by Attlee, Harper, and Smith

The Unbuilding Complete: Review of Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture edited by Attlee, Harper, and Smith Amy Butt Under Review: Edwina Attlee, Phineas Harper, and Maria Smith, editors. Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture. The Architecture Foundation, 2019 Architecture is experiencing an existential crisis. As a design practice, architecture has always been driven by … Continue reading The Unbuilding Complete: Review of Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow’s Architecture edited by Attlee, Harper, and Smith

Whose “Bro” Is It Anyway? Review of Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley

Whose “Bro” Is It Anyway? Review of Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley Samira Nadkarni Under Review: Beowulf: A New Translation. Translated by Maria Dahvana Headley. Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2020. Author’s note: Warnings on this review for discussions of gendered violence, transphobic language, and racism. My thanks to Erin Horáková and Sean … Continue reading Whose “Bro” Is It Anyway? Review of Beowulf: A New Translation by Maria Dahvana Headley