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”

Half-Resurrection Blues, Daniel José Older

(Buy it HERE.) First things first–I read this on the MyMustReads app for Android and absolutely hated it. It’s poorly designed and made my reading experience far less enjoyable. 0/10, will not use again unless they overhaul it entirely. Delete, block, ban. UGH.🧟‍♂️⠀Fortunately the book in question was more enjoyable than the app I usedContinue reading “Half-Resurrection Blues, Daniel José Older”

Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Tomi Adeyemi

(Buy it HERE.) Let me begin this review by putting on my flame retardant suit and face mask. sighOkay, I get that people love this book, and the series it forms the center of. I even get why they love it. I want to love it, too. It’s fantasy, it’s epic, it’s romantic (sorta), it’sContinue reading “Children of Virtue and Vengeance, Tomi Adeyemi”

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”

Peace Talks, Jim Butcher

(Buy it HERE.) 🧙🏻‍♂️⠀(This is the 16th book in a 20 book series…so here be spoilers, aargh, beware. They’re for the series, not this book. ) Harry Dresden is my problematic fave. I’m well aware that if he were a real, non-magical person the crime-solving, wizard-for-hire hero of the Dresden Files would probably be aContinue reading “Peace Talks, Jim Butcher”

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 Ocean At The End Of The Lane,Neil Gaiman

(Buy it HERE.) This book is like a collaboration between Stephen King and Roald Dahl after a brief consultation with C.S. Lewis and H.P. Lovecraft. It’s weird and whimsical and dark and otherworldly and veddy, veddy British. It should be awesome but it’s mostly just…okay. It took me a long time to get into thisContinue reading “The Ocean At The End Of The Lane,Neil Gaiman”