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

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

Investigator Outsider: Exploring the Off-Kilter World of Robert Freeman Wexler’s The Silverberg Business

Investigator Outsider: Exploring the Off-Kilter World of Robert Freeman Wexler’s The Silverberg Business Melissa Benton Barker Under Review:The Silverberg Business. Robert Freeman Wexler. Small Beer Press, August 2022. Sometime in 1888, a private investigator, Shannon, returns home to coastal Texas for what he assumes will be a quick visit. He is soon called upon to … Continue reading Investigator Outsider: Exploring the Off-Kilter World of Robert Freeman Wexler’s The Silverberg Business

Out of the Fog of Memory: A Review of The Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta

Out of the Fog of Memory: A Review of The Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta Niall Harrison Under Review:The Moonday Letters. Emmi Itäranta. Titan Books, July 2022. In the home stretch of Emmi Itäranta's resonant new novel, one of the diegetic chapter epigraphs provides an introduction to Fog, a synthetic cannabinoid approximately a thousand times … Continue reading Out of the Fog of Memory: A Review of The Moonday Letters by Emmi Itäranta

What We Can Know about Alan Moore: A Review of Illuminations

What We Can Know about Alan Moore: A Review of Illuminations Alex Kingsley Under Review:Illuminations. Alan Moore. Bloomsbury, October 2022. Alan Moore is best known as the creator of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, both comic book series popularized by their film adaptations. Watchmen explores the idea of state-sponsored superheroes, whereas V for Vendetta has … Continue reading What We Can Know about Alan Moore: A Review of Illuminations