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Review of Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz

| November 25, 2020

Among the Red Stars by Gwen C. Katz (Harper Teen, 2017) is a historical fiction novel featuring the Night Witches, the Russian women pilots who flew daring nighttime missions. While the details of the plot are slightly fictionalized, the novel adheres closely to the reality of the history of the Night Witches. The story revolves […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To, Mid-November 2020

| November 18, 2020

Reading: I’ve picked up more books for reviews, so I’m alternating between books for reviews and books that have long been in my to read pile (which I’ll also review, most likely). Watching: Because Jeremy needed to watch a little bit of The Legend of Korra for a game he was running, we decided to get […]

Show Recommendation: Over the Garden Wall

| November 11, 2020

Our friend Kai mentioned watching Over the Garden Wall every year before Halloween, so Jeremy and I decided to add it to our Halloween watching list. Unsurprisingly, we loved it. It’s dark fantasy with an adorable comic relief character, and it hits just enough of those Ghibli-esque vibes to be poignant and wonderful. It’s technically a […]

Review of Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard

| November 4, 2020

Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard (Viking, 2014) is a fast-paced fantasy novel with intrigue, romance, and dragons. It’s packed with wonderful characters and a story that will make you not want to put the book down. The novel features two point of view characters, with alternating chapters. Corin, the male protagonist, is a prince […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening To: Late November 2020 Edition

| October 28, 2020

Reading: I’ve finished all of the books I’ve offered to review, which means I’m finally putting a dent in the pile of books I’ve bought over the years for fun. Currently on a historical fantasy/ fantastic history kick, unsurprisingly. Watching: Still working our way through Hanna, V, and Kindred: the Embraced. I had to explain to Jeremy why […]

Two Kickstarter Projects!

| October 21, 2020

A couple of folks I know have Kickstarter projects going right now, which I think some of my readers might be interested in! Atthis Arts is currently seeking support for In This Moment, an anthology of stories and poetry for global justice, reflecting the protest and resilience that fill our lives in 2020. The already slated […]

Review of Tower of Mud and Straw by Yaroslav Barsukov

| October 14, 2020

Tower of Mud and Straw by Yaroslav Barsukov (Metaphorosis Publishing, 2021) is a beautiful blend of steampunk and fantasy together in a novella that both asks and answers many questions. The main character, Shea Ashcroft, is a diplomat who made a choice to save lives that resulted in him being “politely” exiled, sent away from […]

What I’m Reading, Watching, and Listening to, Early October 2020 Edition

| October 7, 2020

Reading: I picked up a few more books to review, so I’m reading a novella presently. At some point, I’m going to run out of books that people have sent me for reviews, so I’ll start reading and reviewing some of my backlog of books I’ve received for OTHER reasons! Watching: We’ve now finished all […]

Review of Magnificent by Novae Caelum

| September 30, 2020

Magnificent by Novae Caelum (2020) is a wonderful novella of a young non-binary superhero discovering their powers, recognizing their identity, and figuring out how those two aspects of their life inform each other. The main character, whose original name is not identified until late in the book, is part of a family of superheroes who […]

Review of Living Forever & Other Terrible Ideas by Emily C. Skaftun

| September 23, 2020

Emily C. Skaftun’s Living Forever & Other Terrible Ideas (Fairwood Press, 2020) is a collection of 18 of her short stories, which range from hilarious to heartbreaking. It’s a lovely mix of previously published and brand new stories, all dazzling in their prose. One trend that her modern fantasy stories, and some of the sci-fi stories, […]