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Reading Check-In: November 27, 2021

What have you finished reading recently? I've been working my way through reading the "Sapphic Trifecta," which I started earlier this year, but I had to halt because I was working on my final project for grad school. So far, I've finished reading 2 of the 3 books, which are amazing reads. However, do not… Continue reading Reading Check-In: November 27, 2021

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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: “A Spindle Splintered”

Fractured Fables, #1: A Spindle Splintered By: Alix E. Harrow Published: October 5, 2021 Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales, Folklore             …I’ve fallen out of my own story and into one that might have a happy ending. Because this is my last chance to have a real adventure, to escape, to do more than play out the clock, (2).… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “A Spindle Splintered”

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Reading Check-In: September 17, 2021

What book have you finished reading recently? One series on my list is complete. And, I stick with what I said about this series in my ASoIaF Read-Alike Book Recommendations: this series is the most "identical" to George R.R. Martin's. Another fun read by this author. And yes, it's full of folklore and fantasy references!… Continue reading Reading Check-In: September 17, 2021

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Why You Need to Read: “The Empire’s Ruin”

Ashes of the Unhewn Throne, #1: The Empire’s Ruin By: Brian Staveley Published: July 6, 2021 Genre: Epic Fantasy             “But it can’t be coincidence, can it? The Annurians burn down the Purple Baths and then, the very next morning, these naked fools show up talking about an attacking army,” (5).              When an individual reads a work of… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Empire’s Ruin”

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Why You Need to Read: “Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche”

Enola Holmes, #7: Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche By: Nancy Springer Published: August 31, 2021 Genre: Mystery/Historical Fiction/Children’s Fiction NOTE: This post is part of the Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche Blog Tour hosted by Wednesday Books & Minotaur Books. …Mycroft came to much the same conclusions I had already reached: Enola did not need protection. Enola… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Gilded Ones”

The Gilded Ones, #1: The Gilded Ones By: Namina Forna Published: February 9, 2021 Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy TRIGGER WARNING: This book contains elements of rape, misogyny, familicide, dismemberment, human trafficking, and violence against females. Be advised.             Confusion lines my face, and I frown at her. “An invitation for what?”             “For you, Impure One. Emperor Gezo… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Gilded Ones”