Review of Bookburners: “O’er the Deep Blue Sea” by Margaret Dunlap

Bookburners: “O’er the Deep Blue Sea” by Margaret Dunlap. Season Four: Episode 6. I’ve realized that I haven’t spent a whole lot of time talking about Grace/Sal and queer representation in Bookburners. Today’s episode has a lot of Grace and Sal’s relationship, and I have thoughts to share! But before I get into it, here’s the…

Review of The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente

The Future Is Blue by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★ I tend to find Valente’s work hit or miss. I cannot emphasize enough how much I adore In the Night Garden, but then I wasn’t able to finish The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland. The Future Is Blue thus represents a microcosm of my feelings about Valente’s work: some stories I enjoyed, others…

Review of Bookburners: “Hell Gate Bridge” by Brian Francis Slattery

Bookburners: “Hell Gate Bridge” by Brian Francis Slattery. Season four, episode 5. So much happened in this episode. Like, way more than I expected! I was all like, “Oh yes, this is where the episode will end and this plot thread will be picked up next episode.” And then more happened! So this episode was…

Review of A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis

A Ruin of Shadows by L.D. Lewis. ★★★★ I loved this story! A Ruin of Shadows is a very quick novella; I read it in an hour, but wow does it make an impression. General Daynja Édo has spent decades building the Boorhian Empire. With her “army” of seven shadows (assassins), she has spent her life in brutal violence. Now,…

Review of Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley. ★★★1/2 One of my all-time favorite anti-heroines is Kameron Hurley’s Nyx: a hard-hearted, brutal mercenary and former assassin living in the perpetually war-torn matriarchy of Nasheen. Nyx steals the show in Kameron Hurley’s Bel Dame Apocrypha trilogy (start with God’s War), and I was thrilled that Hurley was returning to her with this short…

Review of Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys

Review of Deep Roots by Ruthanna Emrys. ★★★★ Like its predecessor, Deep Roots is a lovely, slower-paced novel working with Lovecraftian mythos. While I do think you should read the previous book, Winter Tide, before Deep Roots, this review will largely avoid spoilers for Winter Tide. Aphra Marsh and her brother Caleb are the only survivors of the United States government’s raid…

Review of Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace

Latchkey by Nicole Kornher-Stace. ★★★★ Have you read Archivist Wasp? If you haven’t, you really should. It’s a striking, post-apocalyptic, ghost-hunting body novel that tells a deeply intense story without even a hint of romance. Latchkey is a follow-up, taking place three years later. I strongly suggest reading Archivist Wasp first, and this review will contain spoilers for Archivist Wasp. The girl once…

Review of The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black. ★★★1/2 I’ve been staring at the draft for this review for about a month now. What can I say? I just don’t have strofeelings about The Cruel Prince. Jude’s mother faked her own death to leave her husband, Madoc, a general of the fae. She started a new life with a human husband…

Review of The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King

The Ninety-Ninth Bride by Catherine Faris King. ★★★★ Imagine a retelling of the frame story of One Thousand and One Nights, where Scheherazade tells stories each night to avoid death. I’ve seen retellings of this tale before, but Catherine Faris King may have written my favorite. The Ninety-Ninth Bride is a young adult fantasy novel that reads like a cross between The…