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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!

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 […]

Review of Cry Your Way Home by Damien Angelica Walters

| December 13, 2017

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is now up. Today, I’m reviewing a short story collection, Cry Your Way Home, by Damien Angelica Walters. Though I’ve read some of Walters’ stories before in anthologies, the stories in this collection were all new to me. They’re creepy and beautiful at the same time. Cry Your Way […]

Review of The Adventure of the Incognita Countess

| November 22, 2017

My latest book review is up at Mad Scientist Journal, this time for a fun short novel featuring characters from throughout Victorian-era literature, along with the daughter of Mina (Murray) Harker and Count Dracula. To no one’s surprise, I was really excited to get to review this book. And it turned out to be a quick, […]

Review of Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich

| October 11, 2017

My latest book review for Mad Scientist Journal isn’t for a spooky read, but it’s for a good read! Serpent’s Sacrifice by Trish Heinrich is a super hero book set in a place that reminds me a bit of Seattle or Tacoma, and I suspect her fictional Jet City is based on some amalgam of the two […]

Review of Everfair

| September 20, 2017

My latest review for Mad Scientist Journal is for Nisi Shawl’s Everfair, a fascinating alternate history steampunk-fantasy look at a nation forged from the defeat of King Leopold in the Congo in the late nineteenth century. This book really appealed to me as a historian and a steampunk author! If you’re interested in learning more about it […]

Review of The Refrigerator Monologues

| July 26, 2017

My latest review is up at Mad Scientist Journal. You can read about my thoughts on The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne Valente. The quick synopsis? This book is brutal and challenging and also beautiful and a must-read! Check out the full review here!

Book Recommendation: Ink Calls to Ink

| July 19, 2017

Today, I’m recommending a book that I read a few years ago. This is one where I wrote a review as well, which you can find at Mad Scientist Journal. But even though the book has been out for a while (my review is almost two years old now), it’s one that’s worth checking out […]

Review of Cassilda’s Song

| July 5, 2017

I’ve got a new review up at Mad Scientist Journal today, this time for Cassilda’s Song, an anthology of 18 stories in the King in Yellow mythos by women authors. Check out my review to learn more about it!

June 2017 recap

| July 1, 2017

By the numbers: Stories out at the beginning of the month: 23 Acceptances received: 1 Rejections received: 13 Stories withdrawn: 1 Resubmissions: 14 New Submissions: 2 Stories out at the end of the month: 25 Pretty good month in June, since I managed to finish and submit a couple of stories. One was written for a specific market, […]