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Why You Need to Read: “Firebreak”

Firebreak By: Nicole Kornher-Stace                                                      Audiobook: 13 hours 42 minutes Published: May 4, 2021                                                          Narrated by: Carlotta Brentan Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian/Cyberpunk             Out of the twelve real SecOps operatives, only three—06, 08, and 22—are still among the living. The other nine—05, 28, 02, 33, 38, 11, 21, 42, and 17—are dead. We lost 11 and 21 earlier this year:… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Firebreak”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Legacy of Molly Southbourne”

Molly Southbourne, #3: The Legacy of Molly Southbourne By: Tade Thompson Published: May 17, 2022 Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller, Sequel WARNING: There are spoilers from both The Murders of Molly Southbourne and The Survival of Molly Southbourne in this review. You have been warned.             There was once a girl called Molly who made people when she bled. People like you and… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Legacy of Molly Southbourne”

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Why You Need to Read: “Seasonal Fears”

Thank you TorDotCom Publishing for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Alchemical Journeys, #2: Seasonal Fears By: Seanan McGuire Published: May 3, 2022 Genre: Urban Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror/Metaphysical/Standalone Sequel             You’re lucky, you know. Not all the Summers start out this close to their Winter. Not all of them even get along. The last Summer… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Seasonal Fears”

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Why You Need to Read: “The Discord of Gods”

A Chorus of Dragons, #5: The Discord of Gods By: Jenn Lyons Published: April 26, 2022 Genre: Fantasy Thank you Tor for sending me an eARC of this book. NOTE: There are a few spoilers from the previous books in the series.             Kihrin—once called Vol Karoth, and before that, S’arric—will break free from his prison. Janel and… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “The Discord of Gods”

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Why You Need to Read: “Giving the Devil His Due”

Giving the Devil His Due: A Charity Anthology by The Pixel Project Edited by: Rebecca Brewer Published: May 25, 2022 Genre: Short Stories, Horror, Magic Realism, Science Fiction, Thriller It’s time to stop violence against women. Together. –Regina Yau, Founder and President, The Pixel Project.             Stories exist for multiple reasons, from sharing knowledge to providing a form… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Giving the Devil His Due”

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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: “Empire of the Vampire”

Empire of the Vampire, #1: Empire of the Vampire By: Jay Kristoff                                                                      Audiobook: 27 hours 11 minutes Published: September 14, 2021                                              Narrated by: Damian Lynch Genre: Epic Fantasy, Dark Fantasy             You are Gabriel de León, Last of the Silversaints, (Sunset).             Vampires are one of the most popular “monsters” in narratives. And, this was before the “success” of The Twilight Saga;… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “Empire of the Vampire”

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Why You Need to Read: “She Who Became the Sun”

The Radiant Emperor, #1: She Who Became the Sun By: Shelley Parker-Chan Published: July 20, 2021 Genre: Historical Fantasy, Military Fantasy             She reached out and touched the amulet. Chongba had become nothing. “If he took my fate and died…then perhaps I can take his, and live.”             Her worst fear might be of becoming nothing, but that didn’t… Continue reading Why You Need to Read: “She Who Became the Sun”

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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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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