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Review: The Beauty by Aliya Whitely

The Beauty, a 2014 novella by Aliya Whitely, takes place in a near-future in which a fungal disease killed off all women a few years prior. The characters are an isolated, self-sufficient enclave of men, and the nearby cemetery in which … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: The Lost

Only one story this week, as events have left me feeling so lost; I went about ten days without being able to focus on a blessed word of fiction. “Cold as the Moon” by Sunny Moraine, in which protagonist Susan … Continue reading

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Short Fiction Fridays: Women Warriors

Trying something new: a weekly post spotlighting and micro-reviewing two short stories — one science fiction, one fantasy — both featuring diversity. The theme of this week is women warriors. “Makeisha in Time” by Rachel K. Jones: A time-traveler lives … Continue reading

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Dude authors I like.

It’s amazing, the responses you get, when you say that you read mostly women SF/F authors. It’s almost like the SF/F community bends over backwards to mansplain that reading mostly male authors is a signpost of simply reading quality fiction, … Continue reading

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Review: The Sparrow

Mary Doria Russell’s 1996 debut The Sparrow is one of the most celebrated science fiction novels of my lifetime. For this reason, I almost didn’t review it; what could I possibly bring to the table? But then I realized that … Continue reading

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Review: Swan Sister

Earlier this week I read and reviewed the darkest book in the history of ever. Even though I loved it, I needed some brighter fare in its psychological aftermath. A collection of fairy tale retellings for younger readers? SIGN ME … Continue reading

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Review: The Red Tree

Upon beginning Caitlín Kiernan’s The Red Tree, a psychological dark fantasy novel published in 2009, I was struck by its structural and thematic similarities to Mark Z. Danielewski’s House of Leaves. Except that I became emotionally invested in these characters. … Continue reading

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Review: Short Story Trifecta

I read short stories when I’m in the mood for something thought-provoking. These three that stuck with me are very different shorts, but are united by their unforgettable protagonists. “In the Greenwood,” written by Mari Ness, is a chilling retelling … Continue reading

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Review: Ash

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Review: Shades of Milk and Honey

Mary Robinette Kowal’s Shades of Milk and Honey, the first in her Glamourist Histories series, is a fantasy homage to Jane Austen, though this story provides less social commentary on Regency-era England than a portrait of the relationship between sisters.

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