***My 200th Blog Post!!!*** For this post, which marks a new milestone for me, I decided to discuss one of the most enjoyable—and the most dreadful—topics: favorites. We all know why favorites is a fun topic, but it can be daunting for opposing reasons: others have them as their favorites, they are ubiquitous, they are… Continue reading My Favorite Speculative Fiction Narratives
Wayward Children, #3: Beneath the Sugar Sky By: Seanan McGuire Published: January 9, 2018 Genre: Fantasy The Queen of Cakes would never have been defeated: Sumi had died before she could return to Confection and overthrow the government. Rini wasn’t just saving herself. She was saving a world, setting right what was on the verge of… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Beneath the Sugar Sky”
Please note the title of this post refers to books! I will write a separate list containing movies, TV shows and video games related to speculative fiction sometime in the future. And, expect that list to consist of “originals,” not just media adaptations of books. Also, these are NOT my favorite speculative fiction books of… Continue reading Speculative Fiction Books that Kept My Interest in the Genre
Video games, graphic novels and comic books and manga, and fantasy literature continue to share the same criticism from those who are neither fans nor creators: they are for children and/or they have no place in a classroom or in an academic setting. The fact that such notions continue to be made is a disconcerting… Continue reading Adult Fantasy: Is There Such a Thing?
The Sword of Kaigen: A Theonite War Story By: M.L. Wang Published: February 19, 2019 Genre: Fantasy/Asian Literature/Standalone/Self-Published When Misaki hid her sword, she nailed the floorboards down over it. It was a promise to herself. She might never be able to destroy the part of her that was aggressive and willful, but she could… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Sword of Kaigen”
War Girls #1: War Girls By: Tochi Onyebuchi Published: October 15, 2019 Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian Fiction/Historical Fiction/Young Adult Their resources. The blue minerals buried beneath Onyii’s feet and, farther out, beneath the ocean floor. This is what the Nigerians are killing Biafrans for. Not a morning passes that Onyii doesn’t think about setting charges to those things… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “War Girls”
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 5 won “Best RPG” at 2017’s Video Game Awards in Los Angeles. The win was no surprise to anyone who was familiar with the series, or with the game company, ATLUS. ATLUS has gained more momentum in the past 15 years thanks to the popularity of… Continue reading Why Persona 5 is more than an Excellent JRPG
I remember the first imported Japanese cartoon, or anime, I saw and which forever became one of my favorite genres of television. I had just started middle school and there were times I woke up before my alarm clock went off. With an extra half hour to kill, I… Continue reading Factions in Popular Culture that Made a Difference: Anime: Sailor Moon