You are the *only* person who truly knows what *you* need to be happy, and you are your own best advocate.
Forthcoming story + background!
My first short story, "San Cibernético", will be appearing alongside 19 other stories in the anthology The Internet Is Where the Robots Live Now, which is already available for preorder from Paper Dog Books! "San Cibernético" is about an orphan on a worldship who discovers a mummified cyborg while hiding from scientists in the Deep … Continue reading Forthcoming story + background!
Review: Brave New World
Brave New World (by Aldous Huxley) = 4/5 Brave New World is set in a future where everyone is happy because they've been conditioned or programmed to be satisfied with their lot in life. I think that makes it a utopia? Anyway, the story follows a couple of different characters to provide insight on various … Continue reading Review: Brave New World
Review: Fen Stories
Fen Stories (by Daisy Johnson) = 4/5 Daisy Johnson's debut book, Fen Stories, is a marvelous collection of weird magical realism inspired by England's fenlands. Johnson's prose is intense and passionate, and it yanks you into each story as if you were swimming and someone suddenly reached up from below and pulled you under the … Continue reading Review: Fen Stories
Review: Too Like the Lightning
Too Like the Lightning (by Ada Palmer) = 4/5 Too Like the Lightning is a sweeping science fiction epic mystery set in the utopian society of the 2400s. It is a fascinating future, where the planetary government is split across different Hives, which in turn have their own rules and social mores within the territories … Continue reading Review: Too Like the Lightning
Review: The Keeper of Isis Light
The Keeper of Isis Light (by Monica Hughes) = 4/5 The Keeper of Isis Light (KIL) introduces readers to Olwen, an orphaned teenage girl who has been raised by the Guardian in solitude on the remote, colonial outpost planet Isis. She loves to explore the planet, reveling in climbing mountains and playing with her pet … Continue reading Review: The Keeper of Isis Light
Review: The Book of Dust
La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman (Vol. 1 of The Book of Dust) = 5/5 La Belle Sauvage is the first book of the long-awaited Book of Dust and is set in a world where everybody's souls manifest as animals outside their bodies. No one's alone, because they always have their soul to talk to. … Continue reading Review: The Book of Dust
Review: Things We Couldn’t Say
Things We Couldn't Say (by Diet Eman, with James Schaap) = 4/5 Eman's autobiography recounts her personal experiences as a member of the Dutch Resistance movement during WWII and a concentration camp prisoner during the Holocaust. Through a combination of modern era recollections and contemporary diary entries and letters from WWII, Eman describes the factors … Continue reading Review: Things We Couldn’t Say
Review: Naughts and Crosses
Naughts & Crosses (by Malorie Blackman) = 5/5 Set in an alternate world where blacks were the colonizers and whites were the slaves, Naughts and Crosses is essentially the tale of two star-crossed lovers who struggle against the reality of the racism and prejudices of their world. I remember picking this book up for the … Continue reading Review: Naughts and Crosses
Maus = 5/5 Art Spiegelman's graphic novel treatment of the Holocaust is masterfully done, and I'm sorry it took me so long to read this duology/book; it was near-impossible to put down. Maus is a visual biography about Spiegelman's father's experiences as a Jew trying to survive the Holocaust in Poland. It mixes the biography … Continue reading Review: Maus