From the opening lines (above), Gwendolyn Kiste establishes the world for her story and shows us she understands. She understands small towns and incessant gossip, the self-righteous who claim they would never and then indulge to their heart’s content under the guise of sharing concerns or prayer requests. There’s always a way to justify maligning […]
Book Title: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Author: Roseanne A. Brown Genre/Subgenre: Fantasy Theme: Coming of Age The Nitty Gritty: Potential star-crossed lovers could be doomed when their fates collide, and one’s survival depends on the death of the other. Ideal Audience: YA and fantasy readers Strengths: Brown builds her world and her characters […]
A roundup of some (hopefully) interesting thinks from around the web THE WOMEN WHO READ ‘BAD’ MALE AUTHORS ARE SICK OF YOUR STEREOTYPES “Much of the conversation around bad men hinges on constructing an imagined reader — as white, male and privileged as the author — that absorbs and re-enacts the sins of the book’s […]
In an ideal world, we wouldn’t have to examine author or publisher conduct and the relationship to politics. In an ideal world, we could separate politics from art. The world we live in is far from ideal, and if there’s one thing the past four years has underscored, it’s the importance of addressing serious concerns. […]
Book Title: We Hunt the Flame Author: Hafsah Faizal Genre/Subgenre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy Themes: Self-Acceptance and Sacrifice The Nitty Gritty: Zafira is the sole hunter who’s been able to enter the Arz, a cursed forest that’s encroaching on her people’s home. Can Zafira find the courage required to restore magic to her people’s land and […]
Book Title: A Song Below Water Author: Bethany C. Morrow Genre/Subgenre: Young Adult Fantasy Themes: Prejudice and Self-Acceptance The Nitty Gritty: In A Song Below Water, author Bethany C. Morrow uses mythical beings with magical powers to illustrate racism and prejudice, and how biases affect society. Ideal Audience: Fans of fantasy stories using a contemporary […]
The long awaited, big budget South Korean science fiction movie Space Sweepers is finally here. Seems like a good chance to talk a little about some of the recent science fiction films from around the world. Space Sweepers (South Korea) Set in 2092, spaceship Victory is one of the many that live off salvaging space […]
Sakho & Mangane is a Senegalese crime/supernatural show that is currently streaming on Netflix. Here’s a synopsis and trailer. Two police officers with very different methods find themselves thrown together in Dakar, Senegal, to solve mysterious murder cases that bridge the gap between ordinary life and the supernatural as black magic swirls around them.
I thought I might start to do a monthly report of the books I read and the TV and movies I watched. For some of them I may write a review down the line. I may include some thoughts with each report but also might not. I’m happy to chat about anything I read or […]
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