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Soft Skills and Skeletal Remains: Review of Jordan S. Carroll’s Reading the Obscene

Soft Skills and Skeletal Remains: Review of Jordan S. Carroll, Reading the Obscene Robert Kiely Under Review:Reading the Obscene: Transgressive Editors and the Class Politics of Us Literature. Jordan S. Carroll. Stanford University Press, 2021. Jordan S. Carroll’s Reading the Obscene completely debunks the notion that transgression is “inherently sublime and subversive.” What is new … Continue reading Soft Skills and Skeletal Remains: Review of Jordan S. Carroll’s Reading the Obscene

Stories from the Wildfires: A Review of Boys, Beasts, & Men by Sam J. Miller

Stories from the Wildfires: A Review of Boys, Beasts, & Men by Sam J. Miller BC Clark Under Review:Boys, Beasts, & Men. Sam J. Miller. Tachyon Publications, June 14, 2022. Sam J. Miller’s stories collected in Boys, Beasts, & Men are fire in about the same way a blast furnace is. They are full of … Continue reading Stories from the Wildfires: A Review of Boys, Beasts, & Men by Sam J. Miller

Layers of Choice: Discussing The City Inside with Samit Basu

Layers of Choice: Discussing The City Inside with Samit Basu Misha Grifka Wander As the world grows more complicated, and for many people, more dangerous, it also becomes more tempting for those with privilege to turn their gaze away. Samit Basu’s new novel The City Inside explores this temptation from the perspective of two residents … Continue reading Layers of Choice: Discussing The City Inside with Samit Basu

The Post-pandemic World and the Virus of the Mind: Review of Tabish Khair’s The Body by the Shore

The Post-pandemic World and the Virus of the Mind: Review of Tabish Khair’s The Body by the Shore Om Prakash Dwivedi Under Review:The Body By The Shore. Tabish Khair. Interlink Publishing, June 7, 2022. What happens when bodies are used as a commodity for medical experiments – controlled, dominated and pained, fuelled with drugs, disliked … Continue reading The Post-pandemic World and the Virus of the Mind: Review of Tabish Khair’s The Body by the Shore

Restoring the Future: Review of Wild by Design by Laura J. Martin

Restoring the Future: Review of Wild by Design by Laura J. Martin Celeste Pepitone-Nahas Under Review:Wild by Design: The Rise of Ecological Restoration. Laura J. Martin. Harvard University Press, May 17, 2022. A recent study warned there could be as many as 15,000 new viruses in the next 50 years, and that climate change is … Continue reading Restoring the Future: Review of Wild by Design by Laura J. Martin

Calls for Reviews & Essays: September 2022

The Ancillary Review of Books publishes reviews and essays with an emphasis on utopian impulses and systemic injustices. ARB seeks to build a community of radical thinkers writing about amazing, speculative, global writing. If you are interested in writing for ARB, please check out our Procedures & Style Guide, and pitch us using the form … Continue reading Calls for Reviews & Essays: September 2022

On Missing Things: Review of E. Saxey’s Lost in the Archives

On Missing Things: Review of E. Saxey’s Lost in the Archives Kae Petrin Under Review:Lost in the Archive: Speculative Stories. E. Saxey. Lethe Press, May 15, 2022. Everything important goes missing in E. Saxey’s Lost in the Archives.  The speculative collection tells unsettling tales that span the 16th century to eerie futures. The collection has … Continue reading On Missing Things: Review of E. Saxey’s Lost in the Archives

That’s No Man on the Moon: Review of Erin Swan’s Walk the Vanished Earth

That’s No Man on the Moon: Review of Erin Swan’s Walk the Vanished Earth hvnly Under Review:Walk the Vanished Earth. Erin Swan. Viking, May 31, 2022. The end of the world comes so quickly. We’ve been watching the slow crawl towards destruction for decades. The ocean claims more and more of the sandy beaches we … Continue reading That’s No Man on the Moon: Review of Erin Swan’s Walk the Vanished Earth

Beyond Possibility: Review of Taylor Driggers’ Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature

Beyond Possibility: Review of Taylor Driggers’ Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature: Fantastic Incarnations and the Deconstruction of Theology Ryn Silverstein Under Review:Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature: Fantastic Incarnations and the Deconstruction of Theology. Taylor Driggers. Bloomsbury Academic, February 2022. The last week of February 2022 brought with it a crushing blow against trans people in … Continue reading Beyond Possibility: Review of Taylor Driggers’ Queering Faith in Fantasy Literature

I’ll Love You in This Space and Time: Review of The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe

I’ll Love You in This Space and Time: Review of The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe (with Alaya Dawn Johnson, Danny Lore, Eve L. Ewing, Yohanca Delgado, and Sheree Renée Thomas) Jeremy Brett Under Review: The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer. Janelle Monáe. Harper Voyager, April … Continue reading I’ll Love You in This Space and Time: Review of The Memory Librarian and Other Stories of Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe

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