We Are All of Us Entertained: A Review of The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez

We Are All of Us Entertained: A Review of The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez Karlo Yeager Rodriguez Under Review:The Spear Cuts Through Water, Simon Jimenez. Del Rey, August 2022. Reading a novel that adopts the structures and cadences of both theater and oral storytelling, with shifting perspectives and voices adding to the … Continue reading We Are All of Us Entertained: A Review of The Spear Cuts Through Water by Simon Jimenez

How to Be Happy Wherever You Are: A Review of Kelly Robson’s High Times in the Low Parliament

How to Be Happy Wherever You Are: A Review of Kelly Robson’s High Times in the Low Parliament Amber Troska Under Review:High Times in the Low Parliament. Kelly Robson. Tordotcom Publishing, August 2022. Stoner and slacker comedies are not my favorite kind of humor. I like them just fine, but they’re often similar in a … Continue reading How to Be Happy Wherever You Are: A Review of Kelly Robson’s High Times in the Low Parliament

Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Sam Botz Under Review:Nona the Ninth. Tamsyn Muir. Tordotcom Publishing, September 13, 2022. As countless reviewers before me have observed, it is devilishly difficult to describe Tamsyn Muir’s Locked Tomb series to the uninitiated. Yes, they feature lesbian necromancers in space, … Continue reading Do Lyctors Dream of Undead Dykes? Review of Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Fantastic Manners: A Guide to Mannerpunk

Misha Grifka Wander Urban fantasy, epic fantasy, sword and sorcery: there are plenty of well-known fantasy subgenres. But my favorite one seldom graces a bookstore sign. Mannerpunk is sometimes described as “Jane Austen with magic,” fantasy zoomed in to focus on conversation, status, etiquette, and intrigue. It’s interpersonal fantasy, the snide insult at court that … Continue reading Fantastic Manners: A Guide to Mannerpunk

Fantastical Acceptance: A Review of A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

Fantastical Acceptance: A Review of A Strange and Stubborn Endurance Misha Grifka Wander Under Review:A Strange and Stubborn Endurance. Foz Meadows. Tor Books, July 26, 2022. One of the thrills of writing fantasy is making worlds unlike our own—worlds where, for instance, queerness is commonplace and people have the guaranteed right to declare their own … Continue reading Fantastical Acceptance: A Review of A Strange and Stubborn Endurance

Imagination as a Tool of Resistance: A Review of Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene

Imagination as a Tool of Resistance: A Review of Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene Amber Troska Under Review:Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene: Imagining Futures and Dreaming Hope in Literature and Media. Edited by Marek Oziewicz, Brian Attebery, & Tereza Dedinová. Bloomsbury Academic, April 2022. We live in a geological age that we call … Continue reading Imagination as a Tool of Resistance: A Review of Fantasy and Myth in the Anthropocene

A Revolutionary Wave: Review of JJ Amaworo Wilson’s Nazaré

A Revolutionary Wave: Review of JJ Amaworo Wilson’s Nazaré Fabio Fernandes Under Review:Nazaré. JJ Amaworo Wilson. PM Press, 2021. First, let me explain one thing to you, reader: this is a review written by a person born and raised in a Third World country. As a Brazilian citizen, whose first language is Portuguese (our only … Continue reading A Revolutionary Wave: Review of JJ Amaworo Wilson’s Nazaré

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

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

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