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Review of Long Hidden

| April 18, 2018

It’s been on my to-read list for quite some time, but I finally have read and reviewed Long Hidden, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older. It’s an anthology of 27 alternate history speculative fiction stories featuring marginalized characters. If you’re curious to see what I thought of it, check out my review at Mad Scientist Journal!

Comic Book Review: Captain Phasma

| April 11, 2018

Warning: herein be spoilers for Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens and Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi! Today’s quick comic book review is my first requested comic review. While at Norwescon, I moderated a panel on Star Wars, and I talked a little bit about the recent Star Wars comics. I’m woefully behind on […]

Comparing Books and TV/Movies

| April 4, 2018

Once upon a time, I was one of those people who always insisted on reading a book before watching the movie or TV show it was based on. This failed spectacularly when it came to V for Vendetta–I finished reading the graphic novel DAYS before I saw the movie, and then came out of the […]

Review of The Bathwater Conspiracy by Janet Kellough

| March 28, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. Today, I’m reviewing The Bathwater Conspiracy by Janet Kellough, which was a fast read for me, both in terms of book length and the page-turning quality of the story. I read the whole thing in under 4 hours on the plane back from Philadelphia! I don’t read […]

Book Recommendation: Rites & Desires

| March 21, 2018

If you’re looking for a book with a slightly wicked protagonist, check out Amanda Cherry’s debut novel, Rites & Desires, which is out as of yesterday from DefCon One Publishing! I won’t be reviewing this book, because I’m the book’s editor, but I can definitely say that I was so delighted when I got to read […]

Review of The Marauder’s Island by Tristan J. Tarwater at MSJ

| March 7, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this one for The Marauder’s Island by Tristan J. Tarwater of Back That Elf Up. This was a book that Jeremy picked up for me at Geek Girl Con, and it was all that I had hoped it would be and more, filled with heart, action, adventure, […]

Show Recommendation: Altered Carbon

| February 21, 2018

If you love cyberpunk and noir, the new Netflix series Altered Carbon will definitely scratch that itch! We had heard a few of our friends saying good things about it, so we sat down to watch the first episode and were hooked. We haven’t binge watched the whole series yet, preferring to savor it a little […]

Review of Legacy by Jesikah Sundin

| February 14, 2018

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this one for a young adult ecopunk novel that combines cyberpunk, quasi-medieval recreation in the form of live-action roleplaying (LARPing), and not-quite apocalyptic fiction. You can read more about it here!

Comic Book Recommendation: Ms. Marvel

| February 7, 2018

If you’re not reading Ms. Marvel, you may want to reconsider your life choices. Seriously, this is one of the best, funniest, smartest comics going right now, and you should absolutely be reading it. Kamala Khan is a delight!  She’s a teenager dealing with having super powers, but still being beholden to her family and […]

Review of Serpent’s Rise by Trish Heinrich

| January 24, 2018

My newest book review is up on Mad Scientist Journal, and it’s the sequel to a book I reviewed earlier! Serpent’s Rise is the sequel to Serpent’s Sacrifice. In this book, Alice/the Serpent has a few more years beneath her belt, but she’s dealing with the fallout of the previous book, on multiple levels. While this […]