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Awards: The 2021 Nebulas, the 2022 Hugos, and the 2022 SCKA

Earlier this week, the 2022 Hugo Award Finalists were announced. Similar to other (literary) awards, there were surprises, the snubs and the expected among them. After noting (and congratulating) the nominees, some of us tend to do one and/or two things. One, we look over which nominees we may or may not have read or… Continue reading Awards: The 2021 Nebulas, the 2022 Hugos, and the 2022 SCKA

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Why You Need to Read: “Along the Saltwise Sea”

The Up-and-Under, #2: Along the Saltwise Sea By: A. Deborah Baker Published: October 12, 2021 Genre: Fantasy/Children’s Literature/Sequel             No matter how strange or improbable the things Avery, Zib, and their friends encounter on their journey through the Up-and-Under, I am telling you the truth as it was seen on those hazy, not-so-long-gone days. There may sometimes… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Along the Saltwise Sea”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Jasmine Throne”

Burning Kingdoms, #1: The Jasmine Throne By: Tasha Suri Published: June 8, 2021 Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fantasy             She had fought to have this opportunity,…All of it, in order to have this: a maidservant who was likely ‘not’ simply a maidservant, standing before her within the walls of this blighted prison, (13: Malini).              Readers love when authors release… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Jasmine Throne”

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Why You Need to Read: “Where the Drowned Girls Go”

Wayward Children, #7: Where the Drowned Girls Go By: Seanan McGuire Published: January 4, 2022 Genre: Fantasy ***WARNING: SOME SPOILERS FROM PREVIOUS BOOKS IN THE WAYWARD CHILDREN SERIES. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.***             “You said it was where students go when they want to believe that everything that happened on the other side of the door was just a… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Where the Drowned Girls Go”

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SCKA 2021 Winners

The Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2021 has its winners! After 6 weeks of re-reads and voting, the judges--including myself--have voted on the winners from our finalists. If you need a refresher about what the awards are and what they are about, then you can read my previous post about it here. First, let me… Continue reading SCKA 2021 Winners

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An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

NOTE: This post is a rewrite of an assignment I wrote for a graduate school course. If you would like to read the original essay, then click here. Also, this is written in APA Format. Speculative fiction is the general term used when describing books which fall under the genres of fantasy, science fiction and horror,… Continue reading An Analysis of the Genre: Grimdark, Horror & Dark Fantasy

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Books and Book Series I Hope to Read in 2022

This year, 2021, is almost over. And, while I should be plowing through what's left of my reading for this year (and writing up reviews), I wanted to post about speculative fiction titles that were released in recent years that I haven't been able to read yet for multiple reasons (i.e. grad school). These are… Continue reading Books and Book Series I Hope to Read in 2022

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Reading Check-In: October 23, 2021

What book have you finished reading recently? This debut novel lives up to all of the hype and the praises its been getting. Even if romance isn't your to-go genre, if you're a fan of Norse mythology, then you have to read this book. It gives an interesting picture of the Norse Pantheon from the… Continue reading Reading Check-In: October 23, 2021

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My Favorite Speculative Fiction Narratives

***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

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Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”

The Poppy War Trilogy, #3: The Burning God By: R.F. Kuang                                                                       Audiobook: 23 hours 47 minutes Published: November 17, 2020                                              Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller Genre: Historical Fantasy, Grimdark, Military Fantasy, Folklore             What was wrong with her? She’d started and ended wars. She’d buried a god. She’d incinerated a country. There wasn’t an entity on the planet that… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Burning God”