The Library Coven: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

The Library Coven: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova Kelly J. Drumright  Review adapted from Episode 28 of The Library Coven podcast, published December 3, 2019 The first installment of the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy transports readers to a reimagined contemporary world full of magic, where we meet Alex Mortiz, an Encantrix (basically a super-bruja) who attempts … Continue reading The Library Coven: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

Queer Moon Rising: Shape-Shifting Sideways in The Devourers by Indra Das

Queer Moon Rising: Shape-Shifting Sideways in The Devourers by Indra Das Marisa Mercurio Across India, in Kolkata and in quiet hinterlands, werewolves roam. And they are taking notes. In Indra Das’s debut novel The Devourers (2015), professor of history Alok Mukherjee encounters a stranger who declares himself half-werewolf. The stranger tasks him with transcribing a … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising: Shape-Shifting Sideways in The Devourers by Indra Das

The SFF Librarian Reviews, Nov. 2020

The SFF Librarian Reviews, Nov. 2020 Jeremy Brett As a voracious reader, and as someone for whom science fiction and fantasy are part of my daily job as a science fiction and fantasy librarian for one of the world's largest SFF collection, I come across a lot of wonderful work in these genres. I love … Continue reading The SFF Librarian Reviews, Nov. 2020

Thirty Words for Living Well in the Anthropocene: Review of An Ecotopian Lexicon edited by Schneider-Mayerson and Bellamy

Thirty Words for Living Well in the Anthropocene: Review of An Ecotopian Lexicon edited by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy Gardiner Allen Brown Under Review: An Ecotopian Lexicon. Edited by Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy. University of Minnesota Press, 2019. Significant changes in technology or life have always required us to invent or … Continue reading Thirty Words for Living Well in the Anthropocene: Review of An Ecotopian Lexicon edited by Schneider-Mayerson and Bellamy

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

Introducing The Library Coven Series

Introducing The Library Coven Series Kelly J. Drumright  Hello! And welcome to The Library Coven, a bi-weekly* column on Ancillary Review of Books. This column is adapted from The Library Coven podcast, which is co-produced by a duo of professional book witches and irl besties, Jessie and Kelly. In each episode we discuss (mostly) young … Continue reading Introducing The Library Coven Series

Queer Moon Rising: Introducing the Werewolf Reread

Queer Moon Rising: Introducing the Werewolf Reread Marisa Mercurio Tonight, a full moon rises on Halloween night across all time zones in the United States for the first time since 1944. Unleash the werewolf jokes. Trick-or-treaters, pack your silver bullets: that’s not your dog howling. Although neither glamorous like vampires nor as neat a metaphor … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising: Introducing the Werewolf Reread