The SFF Librarian Reviews, June 2021

The SFF Librarian Reviews, June 2021 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 librarian, I come across a lot of wonderful work in these genres. I love bringing to the attention of interested readers books and authors … Continue reading The SFF Librarian Reviews, June 2021

Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design

Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design Rachele Dini A young woman takes stock of her living room, whose shabby furnishings have not been updated in decades. To the tune of Gillian Hills’s 1963 hit, “Tut Tut Tut,” she gambols around a department store furniture display labelled with the helpful description, … Continue reading Things of Beauty: The Politics of Postmillennial Nostalgia for Mid-century Design

Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison Jake Casella Brookins Under Review: The Witness for the Dead. By Katherine Addison. Tor Books, June 22, 2021. Hopepunk is a genre I’m occasionally skeptical of. Not of its goals, but of its existence as a movement: despite … Continue reading Prayers, Justice, and a Spot of Tea: Review of The Witness for the Dead by Katherine Addison

Cannibal Nuns and the Problem of Blood: Review of Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

Cannibal Nuns and the Problem of Blood: Review of Star Eater by Kerstin Hall Zachary Gillan Under Review: Star Eater. By Kerstin Hall. Tordotcom, June 22, 2021. Fantasy has a blood problem. I don’t mean gore, although the genre's relationship to violence also bears examining, but genealogy: a disturbingly common emphasis on lineages and bloodlines, … Continue reading Cannibal Nuns and the Problem of Blood: Review of Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

A Fantastical Journey to Finding Yourself: Review of The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu

A Fantastical Journey to Finding Yourself: Review of The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu Anke Marie Bock Under Review: The Tangleroot Palace: Stories. By Marjorie Liu. Tachyon Publications, June 15, 2021. When setting out to read Marjorie Liu’s newest piece of literature, you may not know what to expect from this well-known Marvel comic book … Continue reading A Fantastical Journey to Finding Yourself: Review of The Tangleroot Palace by Marjorie Liu

What Does It Mean to Grieve?: Review of The Impossible Resurrection of Grief by Octavia Cade

What Does it Mean to Grieve?: Review of The Impossible Resurrection of Grief by Octavia Cade Shelby Brewster Under Review: The Impossible Resurrection of Grief. By Octavia Cade. Stelliform Press, May 20, 2021. Content Warning: Suicide Octavia Cade’s new novella, The Impossible Resurrection of Grief, is, appropriately, the story of a pandemic. A vague psychological … Continue reading What Does It Mean to Grieve?: Review of The Impossible Resurrection of Grief by Octavia Cade

Queer Moon Rising / “Just a story that keeps changing”: Family Curses and Twisted Tales in Stephen Graham Jones’s Mongrels

“Just a story that keeps changing”: Family Curses and Twisted Tales in Stephen Graham Jones’s Mongrels Marisa Mercurio Who is the narrator of Stephen Graham Jones’s 2016 werewolf novel Mongrels? It’s a good question for a kid trying to figure himself out. A reporter, a biologist, a mechanic? Moving from state to state throughout his … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising / “Just a story that keeps changing”: Family Curses and Twisted Tales in Stephen Graham Jones’s Mongrels

Wayward Lives and Paper Hearts: Review of The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Wayward Lives and Paper Hearts: Review of The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo Sam Botz Under Review: The Chosen and the Beautiful. By Nghi Vo. Tordotcom, June 6, 2021. Jordan Baker has a gift for listening, for drawing out others’ secret truths like spun sugar, but rarely is she told a story with … Continue reading Wayward Lives and Paper Hearts: Review of The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

Dehumanized Labor: Review of Machinehood by S.B. Divvya

Dehumanized Labor: Review of Machinehood by S.B. Divya Shinjini Dey Under Review: Machinehood. By S.B. Divya. Gallery/Saga Press, 2021. S.B. Divya’s Machinehood opens with a jibe about the moniker “smart”, quickly moving to the streets of Chennai and to our protagonist, Welga—an culinary aesthete, an atheist, and a prominent cis woman with an implanted artificial … Continue reading Dehumanized Labor: Review of Machinehood by S.B. Divvya

Read More, Read Better: Review of Invoking Hope: Theory and Utopia in Dark Times by Phillip E. Wegner

Read More, Read Better: Review of Invoking Hope: Theory and Utopia in Dark Times by Phillip E. Wegner Gerry Canavan Under Review: Invoking Hope: Theory and Utopia in Dark Times. Phillip E. Wegner. University of Minnesota Press, 2020. Phillip E. Wegner’s Invoking Hope announces itself from its first pages as a book for the Trump … Continue reading Read More, Read Better: Review of Invoking Hope: Theory and Utopia in Dark Times by Phillip E. Wegner