The Necessity of Stars & The Bletted Woman

The Necessity of Stars by E. Catherine Tobler is a novella in the upcoming 2021 Neon Hemlock Novella Series. I know Tobler best from her editorial work at Shimmer Magazine, and oh! how those stories she gathered glimmered and glowed. This novella felt like a continuation of that wild wonder. Necessity of Stars, cover by … Continue reading The Necessity of Stars & The Bletted Woman

Spiritfarer and The Empress of Fortune and Salt

This is going to be a little different from my usual comparative reviews because I found a novella and a videogame that both made me feel the same inside! Spiritfarer by ThunderLotus Games Spiritfarer by ThunderLotus Games is a cozy management game that just happens to be about reminiscing before dying. Your character, Stella, gives … Continue reading Spiritfarer and The Empress of Fortune and Salt

Guest Post by Neve Maslakovic

Recently, I read and loved All the Whys of Delilah's Demise by Neve Maslakovic. I was struck by the genre blending and the dark turn at the end (no spoilers, but !), and wanted to hear more about this wonderful alchemical mixture of mystery and SFFH. She agreed to lay out how it worked for … Continue reading Guest Post by Neve Maslakovic

The Houses

Catherine House by Elisabeth Thomas was sold to me as gothic-horror, and that may be part of why I was disappointed. For me, it never got creepy enough or weird enough or really came to any sharp point that drew blood or emotion the way you'd expect in a haunted house story. Ines is running … Continue reading The Houses

Two Books of Collective Heroism

The last two books I read had something in common. A group of flawed people each making personal, hard choices to change their society - whether that's a whole galaxy or just where they live. Alone, none of them were successful. It required a community effort. In Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone, Viv is … Continue reading Two Books of Collective Heroism

Two Book Benders

There have been several attempts at the What-If notion about characters coming out of books or readers popping in. And while I have only read a few of them, The Unlikely Escape of Uriah Heep is now my gold standard. The trick is that Parry manages to excel on three levels simultaneously. Character, Plot, and … Continue reading Two Book Benders

The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

This translated collection proves to me that poetry is the universal language. I fully expected these poems to feel distant, to be dry and esoteric, or perhaps quirky with their Buddhist lens and historical distance, but instead I found myself in tears. The truths in this work struck me hard. Weingast managed to preserve the … Continue reading The First Free Women by Matty Weingast

Round-Up of What’s What

I had trouble choosing one singular favorite book I read this year, but I wrote up a whole post about what I loved and recommend in case you need another excuse to fill your shelves with wonderful words! And, in my ongoing quest to be more intentional with my reading (and everything else, let's be … Continue reading Round-Up of What’s What