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Review of Lost in the Archives by E. Saxey

| May 11, 2022

Lost in the Archives by E. Saxey (Lethe Press, 2022) is a collection of the author’s short stories, many of which have been previously published. The stories include several in historic settings with speculative elements, as well as modern and future settings, all rendered with exquisite characterization and inventive plot elements. Some of the stories […]

Review of Ghost Pirate Gambit by Jessie Kwak

| April 20, 2022

Ghost Pirate Gambit is the first book in Jessie Kwak’s Nanshe Chronicles, named after the ship her protagonists travel on. This new series is a prequel of sorts to Kwak’s first Durga System book, Starfall, with a strong focus on the interpersonal relationships of the crew and others onboard the Nanshe, as well as the […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Mid-April 2022 Edition

| April 13, 2022

Reading: Continuing to work my way through books for review and Stephen Fry’s The Ode Less Travelled. Watching: Moon Knight is now running weekly episodes, so we’re watching that, even though I know basically nothing about the character. I would watch Oscar Isaac read the phone book, especially if he’s playing around with accents while he does. […]

Review of Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria by George Jreije

| March 30, 2022

Shad Hadid and the Alchemists of Alexandria by George Jreije (Harper Collins, 2022) is an exciting and fast-paced book for kids of all ages who love magic, baking, and suspense! Shad Hadid and his Teta are the remaining members of their family in Portland, Maine, having immigrated from Lebanon. While Shad goes to school and […]

Review of Wistful Ascending by JCM Berne

| March 23, 2022

Wistful Ascending, the first book in the Hybrid Helix series by JCM Berne (The Gnost House, 2020), is an action-packed sci-fi/superhero novel with a fantastic cast of characters and plenty of plot twists to keep you guessing! Rohan is a Hybrid, the offspring of a human and an alien race called the il’Drach. That alien […]

Reading List Recommendation

| March 16, 2022

If you’re looking for a good list of books to read, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) put out the list of Nebula nominees for 2022 last week. There’s a ton of great stuff to read at a variety of lengths, and there’s even movies and television to check out! While only […]

Review of Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging Volume Blue

| March 9, 2022

Dark Cheer: Cryptids Emerging Volume Blue edited by Atlin Merrick (Improbable Press, 2021) is a great collection of stories featuring an enormous variety of cryptid characters. With cryptids ranging from the familiar to one-of-a-kind, readers will certainly find stories that appeal to them. I found several stories in the anthology that I enjoyed. The lead […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, March 2022 Edition

| March 2, 2022

Reading: Books to review, and The Ode Less Travelled by Stephen Fry. Watching: We’re getting back into some of the shows we’d put aside when other shows dropped in full. So it’s some Hanna, some Nancy Drew, and whatever else we’re feeling like. Listening To: It’s mostly Stray Kids right now, to be honest. Though there are some […]

TV Recommendation: Peacemaker

| February 23, 2022

We’ve been watching Peacemaker on HBO Max, which originally was a show we weren’t so sure about. John Cena’s Peacemaker character in The Suicide Squad was kind of a jerk. But we like John Cena as a human being (he seems smart, articulate, and kind, despite some of his in-ring antics and roles he’s played), so we […]

Review of Against the Grain by Melanie Harding-Shaw

| February 16, 2022

Against the Grain by Melanie Harding-Shaw is a lovely urban fantasy novella about magic, romance, and celiac/coeliac disease. Told from the perspective of Trinity, a coeliac witch who believes she’s cursed when it comes to matters of love and romance, it’s a quick-paced story set against a glorious New Zealand backdrop. Trinity has always has […]