Godhead Sentiment, Juan Ibarbol

(Find it HERE.) In high school French class I often sat across from a tall, quiet Mexican kid with a name our teacher loved to yowl across the classroom at random times. “IBARROL!” she’d yelp, and he’d dutifully respond with a verb conjugation. “IBARROL!” she’d howl, and he’d move seats to join a study group.Continue reading “Godhead Sentiment, Juan Ibarbol”

Emergency Skin, N.K. Jemisin

By now we’ve all heard the incredible news that the Grande Dame Nouvelle of Black speculative fiction, and spec-fic in general, N.K. Jemisin herself, is one of the 2020 recipients of the MacArthur Genius Grant. (If you hadn’t heard–well, now you have!) I’m a huge Jemisin fan, considering the heir apparent to the throne leftContinue reading “Emergency Skin, N.K. Jemisin”

Last Week in Books, August 17th – 24th: Lovecraft Is Fine and The Apocalypse Already Happened

Let’s start with the biggest news and work our way across: HBO’s Lovecraft Country, based on the book by Matt Ruff, premiered last week to rave reviews. Classic horror fiction fans are pinning a lot of hopes on its potential to both highlight Lovecraft’s creations and redeem his racist legacy. Also, in case you missedContinue reading “Last Week in Books, August 17th – 24th: Lovecraft Is Fine and The Apocalypse Already Happened”

The Testaments, Margaret Atwood

(Buy it HERE.) I think I may have been predisposed to dislike this, simply because it comes on the heels of the popularity of the television adaptation of its predecessor, The Handmaid’s Tale. I enjoyed the book, but I find the later seasons of the show deeply irritating–they may as well re-title it “American HorrorContinue reading “The Testaments, Margaret Atwood”

The A.I. Who Loved Me, Alyssa Cole

(Buy it HERE). I have to admit–I wasn’t sure what to think about this romance novella at first. The premise seemed like it could easily go very wrong. Trinity, a Black data analyst is home on admistrative leave recovering from PTSD from a mysterious work accident when she falls for Li Wei, a Chinese…robot? Correction–he’sContinue reading “The A.I. Who Loved Me, Alyssa Cole”

The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull

(Buy it HERE.) At first this book seems like a simple alien invasion with a little interspecies love gone wrong subplot, set in author Cadwell Turnbull’s native US Virgin Islands. Not an unusual story, but set in an unusual(for sci-fi) place. An alien race called the Ynaa descend on Water Island in a conch-shell shapedContinue reading “The Lesson, Cadwell Turnbull”

Opposite of Always, Justin A Reynolds

(Buy it HERE.) ⭐⭐⭐⭐(4/5) I was expecting this book to be something totally different than what it was. The synopsis led me to believe it was a sci-fi time travel tale focused on fixing sad past mistakes, much like last year’s tear-jerking Netflix original See You Yesterday. And it is all of that, but unlikeContinue reading “Opposite of Always, Justin A Reynolds”

It’s Aight: A long thought about what Legacy of Orisha means for Black spec-fic writers…

Back in 2019, long before COVID-19 roamed the earth and drove us all inside brandishing cans of Lysol, the bookish internet was abuzz with news of Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Virtue and Vengeance. I couldn’t check social media without seeing 50-11 posts anticipating the book and after putting a poll up on the Equal OpportunityContinue reading “It’s Aight: A long thought about what Legacy of Orisha means for Black spec-fic writers…”

The Invisible Man, by HG Wells

(Buy it HERE.) ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5⠀👤⠀Few canon classics really stand up to the test of time. It’s nice when I come across something that does and H.G. Wells’ The Invisible Man was a nice surprise. ⠀👓⠀If you live in an English-speaking part of Earth, you already know what to expect here. There is a man. He isContinue reading “The Invisible Man, by HG Wells”