ARC Review: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories has jumped to the top of my list of favourite short stories collection. It’s introspective, experimental, and give the speculative genre a healthy dose of Chinese lore and mythology. Each story is fascinating, a surprise as I often find there’s a couple of duds in every collection. I savoured […]

ARC Review: Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman

Unfortunately, Blackhearts was a bitter disappointment – most of all because the book was sorely misrepresented by its marketing team. Pirates and ships seem to be all the rage these day in YA fiction (something I am still a little baffled about, what brought this on?!) – promising sea adventures and morally gray characters out […]

Discussion: 4 Pathetic Arguments Against Diversity In Fiction

Despite the leaps and bounds the industry have made towards the publication of diverse books – I still occasionally hear or read things that raises my heckle a little. Here’s why I think these arguments are rubbish. 1. Diverse Characters Do Not Fit Into This Setting This is one I most commonly encounter in works […]

ARC Review: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson

If you like confusing books where you’re never sure about what is actually going on, We are the Ants is for you. This is an incredibly well-written book that will tell you a lot of things that might or might not be true. The real mystery is trying to figure out what the fuck is […]

Discussion: Diversity in Fantasy Recommendation

No one’s ever surprised when I say that fantasy is my favourite genre, especially if they’ve ever asked me for a recommendation or glimpsed at my Kindle purchase history. However, I am always left a little bit unfulfilled with epic fantasy, which is predominated with monotonous straight, white males who stumble upon their Destiny. Luckily, gems are […]