‘Bones’ a Disturbing, Enlightening Account of Violence and Injustice
Kimmerle doesn’t dwell on the violence; her focus is on telling the story without elaboration or obfuscation to best communicate her belief that every scoop of dirt contributes to long-overdue restorative justice for the dead, the broken, and their families.
‘Archive’ Alternates Between Magical and Heartbreaking
The Archive is a novel, but its parts, while interconnected, are fit together in such a way that they can be separated from each other. But all of these parts, though excellent on their own, come together to make a whole far grander than their sum.
‘Until Proven Safe’ a Timely Tour of Quarantine Past and Present
Manaugh and Twilley have not provided an exhaustive look at all types of quarantine, but it is comprehensive and cohesive enough to fascinate, or squick out, anyone at a cocktail party who makes the mistake of asking what you’re reading these days.
‘Babel’ a Fascinating Course in Linguistics and Labor
Although Babel takes place in the first half of the nineteenth century, the message about colonialism and a supposed superiority of one country or race is one for today. So is the eventual turn toward solidarity among the outcasts and the working class.
‘Darkness’ Blooms with Strong Concept, Just Don’t Look Too Deep
This is a book that leans heavily into concept and character, handwaving over details that don’t serve those ends. But the concept and character are strong, so if that will sustain you, Where Darkness Blooms might be your kind of book.
Poem in Soft Star Mag!
Great news today out of Soft Star Magazine: my poem, “Not Quite Right,” is published in their third issue, Wormhole, and is today’s featured work. Check it out, and browse around the rest of Soft Star’s great work while you’re at it!
‘Wildblood’ Picks Inconvenient Times for Romance
The concept of Wildblood takes the stories of ye olde expeditions of the Victorian era and flips them right on their pith-helmeted heads, but its intricate scaffolding is hidden behind a romance as subtle as one of those giant stuffed bears holding a glittering heart between its paws.
‘Reaper’ Brings More Gore to ‘Chainsaw’ World
Don’t Fear the Reaper is like an increasingly passionate correspondence with a long-distance lover. Also, the ink is blood and the paper is made from crushed-up bones.
‘Nickel Boys’ is Brutal but Necessary Reading
Though difficult, The Nickel Boys sheds light on an issue that may be in the past but whose roots still survive—and thrive—today.
‘Kaiju’ Highlights Fun in Scalzi’s Latest
Literature can be so many things, and The Kaiju Preservation Society reminds us in the best way that one of those things is entertainment.
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