Year End Mini Reviews

Cottonwood by R. Lee Smith is another slow burn monster/human romance. Aliens came to earth and were quickly separated from humans. The protagonist, Sarah Fowler, has just accepted a new job as a social worker with the organization in charge of resettling and integrating the bug-like aliens. But “resettling” and “integrating” are loaded terms, andRead more

“The Word for World is Forest” by Ursula K. LeGuin

I’ve seen a lot of interest on Twitter in the past few weeks in Ursula LeGuin’s work. She’s one of my favorite authors for a reason–her science fiction novels provide a lens into our own world, and are deeply thoughtful. They come from an anthropological perspective, rather than straight-up adventure, and every time I readRead more

“A Darker Shade of Magic” by V.E. Schwab

My book club selected A Darker Shade of Magic as its October read, and overall, I was impressed with the novel. It’s a young adult fantasy novel about alternate versions of London. The protagonist, Kell, lives in Red London, which is the magical London. There’s also Grey London, which is our London and generally devoid ofRead more

“The Doll Collection” edited by Ellen Datlow

Dolls are a staple in horror media, and for good reason.  They’re similar enough to us that we can see ourselves in them, and yet alien enough to be unnerving.  The Doll Collection, edited by anthologist Ellen Datlow, presents seventeen short stories, each of which feature dolls.  But the dolls in this collection are not themselves soRead more