Do you like unsolved mysteries that aren’t of the serial killer variety? Have you ever pondered the existence of yetis or aliens? Do you love a good political conspiracy theory, particularly if it involves the Cold War USSR and/or radiation? Then, boy, do I have the book for you. I rarely read non-fiction, but I was completely captivated by Dead Mountain when I first read the blurb.
“In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident – unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes – have led to decades of speculation over what really happened.”Continue reading “Review – Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident”
Camp Spirit is a YA graphic novel set in the 1990s in Ontario, where high-schooler Elodie has been appointed as a camp counselor for the summer. Elodie is very 90s grunge, is not at all interested in camping or the outdoors, and is the opposite of excited for her summer job. What starts as a frothy, pulpy sort of story takes a sharp turn about mid-way through, and turns this summer romance into a a graphic novel full of intrigue, mystical nightmares, demonic presences, and urban legends. Even through this shift, though, the book never loses its center- the growing friendship (and maybe more) between Elodie and camp counselor extraordinaire, Catherine.Continue reading “Review: Camp Spirit by Axelle Lenoir”
When I read the synopsis for Anthropocene Rag, months ago, I was so excited to get my hands on this book. Dystopian setting, roaming monsters, sentient AI, religious themes– these are things I love most in speculative fiction!Continue reading “Mini Review: Anthropocene Rag by Alexander C. Irvine”
This week’s prompt for TTT was our Spring 2020 TBR! I have SO MANY books on my TBR list this spring, but I wanted to list only books that are releasing this Spring that I actually plan on also reading this Spring. And, whew, it’s an intense list! Without further adieu:
1. Chosen Ones by Veronica Roth, releasing April 7, 2020: Veronica Roth is an author I am always excited to read, and this is her FIRST adult full length novel. I cannot wait.Continue reading “My Spring 2020 TBR”
Hey Guys! Today is March 15th, also known as Day 2 of Social Distancing for me! Covid-19 is officially where I live, and I’m reading so many books to keep away anxiety. Today I’m participating in the Sunday Post, a blog meme link-up hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer. This is my first time joining in, so welcome if you’re new here!Continue reading “The Sunday Post – March 15th, 2020”
I don’t think I have ever felt more seen in a book than with this little illustrated memoir. This is the story of Jason Adam Katzenstein, famed cartoonist and writer, and his struggle with Obsession Compulsive Disorder (“OCD”).
This book makes me want to talk about my OCD, something I only do with very close family, and that, in and of itself, is telling.Continue reading “Review: Everything is an Emergency by Jason Adam Katzenstein”
You know when you start a book and think it’s going to be a certain way and the book actually goes there and it’s super satisfying? And you end up not disappointed by a book you thought was going to disappoint you? The Body Double was that kind of book for me. This book was wild and had some amazingly well done paranormal-esque twists that were, in my opinion, very successful.Continue reading “Review: The Body Double by Emily Beyda”
Here’s where I have to admit something that’s embarrassing as a science fiction blogger and former English major: I had never actually read any Octavia Butler works before now, and I am honestly pretty ashamed of myself. I have known of Butler for years, but for one reason or another, hadn’t ever made time for her books. When I was given an eArc of Subterranean Press’s forthcoming collection, Unexpected Stories, by the one and only Octavia Butler, I knew it was time to finally dig into some of her work.Continue reading “Review: Unexpected Stories by Octavia E. Butler”
I usually gravitate towards Tor.com titles because, let’s be honest, it’s where you can find some of the best science fiction out there today. While I enjoy fantasy, my genre sweet spot is almost always “speculative” and light science fiction. Well, The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo, changed my mind about fantasy novellas for good. This little novella packs such a punch, and is simultaneously heart-wrenching and heart-warming; it’s feminist as heck, and doesn’t hold back or apologize for it’s presence.Continue reading “The Empress of Salt and Fortune by Nghi Vo: A Fantasy Novella Full of Strength and Female Friendship”