The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Review of Tell Me I’m Worthless by Alison Rumfitt

The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Review of Tell Me I'm Worthless by Alison Rumfitt Sam Botz Under Review: Tell Me I'm Worthless. By Alison Rumfitt. Cipher Press, October 28, 2021. In early September, The Guardian published an interview with the philosopher Judith Butler under the headline, “We need to rethink the category … Continue reading The Call Is Coming From Inside the House: Review of Tell Me I’m Worthless by Alison Rumfitt

The SFF Librarian Reviews: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

SFF Librarian Reviews 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 that bring me … Continue reading The SFF Librarian Reviews: Black Water Sister by Zen Cho

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

Queer Moon Rising / “Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896)

“Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896) Marisa Mercurio The late nineteenth century in Britain is an era characterized by social-political movements and emergent identities: the demand for suffrage burgeoned with first-wave feminism; the fin-de-siècle Decadent movement declared the imperative of art for art’s sake; the New Woman, lampooned by … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising / “Too expansive to be contained”: The Queer Collaboration of The Were-Wolf (1896)

Queer Moon Rising / The Love of a Good Woman Won’t Save You: Queer Narratives in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

The Love of a Good Woman Won’t Save You: Queer Narratives in An American Werewolf in London (1981) Marisa Mercurio Content warning: Transphobia is discussed and homophobic language is referred to.  “Now, I’m no longer alone,” croons Bobby Vinton. “Without a dream in my heart, without a love of my own.” Slow and desirous, the … Continue reading Queer Moon Rising / The Love of a Good Woman Won’t Save You: Queer Narratives in An American Werewolf in London (1981)

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

ARB Recommends: From the Duke University Press Fall 2020 Catalog

ARB Recommends is a regular column of ARB that covers seasonal catalogs from indie, trade, and academic publishers, highlighting the kinds of books our editors, contributors, and readers want to read. As a publication devoted to radical critical engagement with the world—and devoted to reviewing books and media that do this—it only makes sense for … Continue reading ARB Recommends: From the Duke University Press Fall 2020 Catalog

ARB Recommends: From the Tor/Forge Fall 2020 Catalog

ARB Recommends is a regular column of ARB that covers seasonal catalogs from indie, trade, and academic publishers, highlighting the kinds of books our editors, contributors, and readers want to read. As a publication devoted to radical critical engagement with the world—and devoted to reviewing books and media that do this—it only makes sense for … Continue reading ARB Recommends: From the Tor/Forge Fall 2020 Catalog

ARB Recommends: From the Knopf, Pantheon, Schocken Fall 2020 Catalog

ARB Recommends is a regular column of ARB that covers seasonal catalogs from indie, trade, and academic publishers, highlighting the kinds of books our editors, contributors, and readers want to read. As a publication devoted to radical critical engagement with the world—and devoted to reviewing books and media that do this—it only makes sense for … Continue reading ARB Recommends: From the Knopf, Pantheon, Schocken Fall 2020 Catalog