Review of Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason

Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens by Eleanor Arnason. ★★★1/2 Hwarhath Stories is a truly unique collection. The framing for this short story collection is that humans have made contact with only one other sentient species: the hwarhath. The hwarhath are an alien species with very strict views on gender and sexuality. Their society is divided between men and…

Review of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado. ★★★★ I already considered Carmen Maria Machado to be one of my favorite short fiction authors, and this collection just confirms that opinion. The stories in Her Body and Other Parties are queer, sexual, innovative, and feminist, usually with some sort of speculative fiction element, although not one that can…

Throwback Thursday: Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter

Sourdough and Other Stories by Angela Slatter. ★★★★1/2 When I read the brilliant novella Of Sorrow and Such, I vowed to read more by Angela Slatter. Well, I’ve fulfilled that vow, and Sourdough and Other Stories turned out to be even better than Of Sorrow and Such. This collection of interlocking short stories is a gorgeously crafted, feminist master piece that would…

Review of The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente. ★★★1/2 Catherynne Valente tackles gendered superhero tropes with this collection of six stories. The girls of the Hell Hath Club are dead, but they’ve found each other for company is the strange expanse of Deadtown. They gather together, drink Styx water, and commiserate about their lives and deaths. Superheroines,…

Review of Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter

Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter. ★★★★ I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this novella by a new to me author, Angela Slatter. What I got was a beautiful if dark tale with a feminist heart. I most certainly need to read more by Angela Slatter. Mistress Gideon is a witch, and…

Review of The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley

The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley. ★★★★ The Stars Are Legion is quintessentially Kameron Hurley: violent and feminist. This stand-alone science fiction novel is as dark as I’ve come to expect from Hurley, but it has an optimistic heart. Zan wakes with no memory of who she is. She’s told that she’s a great general and the…

Review of Rejected Princesses by Jason Porath

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions & Heretics by Jason Porath. ★★★★ Several years ago I stumbled across the blog Rejected Princesses. Jason Porath, a former animator at Dreamworks, one day had a conversation about what women were too out there to ever become a Disney princess movie. The result was Rejected Princesses, a blog…

Review of Ammonite by Nicola Griffith

Ammonite by Nicola Griffith. ★★★ Ammonite is a science fiction from the early 1990’s that takes place on an all female planet. I found the beginning very promising, but I ultimately wanted more from the book. The planet of Jeep is home to a virus that kills all men and a large percentage of women. Centuries later, it…

Review of An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows

An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows. ★★★★ An Accident of Stars is a queer feminist portal fantasy told from the point of views of four female characters. Saffron is a high school student in Australia who follows a strange woman through a portal and enters another world, Kena. While born on earth, Gwen has been traveling to…

Review of The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley. ★★★★ The Geek Feminist Revolution is a collection of essays by science fiction and fantasy author Kameron Hurley, who’s written a continually growing number of novels (hint, readGod’s War!) and the Hugo Award winning essay “We Have Always Fought.” While the topic of the collection is nominally the intersection of feminism…

Review of Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett

Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett. ★★★★★ Monstrous Regiment was the first book in the Discworld series I ever read. This stand alone Discworld novel got me hooked on the series and has been a beloved favorite of mine for many years. Monstrous Regiment takes the classic trope of a girl disguising herself as a man to join the army…

Review of The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley ★★★1/2 Trigger warnings for rape and self-harm The Mirror Empire is a very inventive and very grimdark epic fantasy. While I enjoyed the world(s) Hurley created and the ideas she was working with, ultimately it was too dark for my tastes. The Mirror Empire can be a hard book to wrap your mind…