“Insexts” by Marguerite Bennett & Ariela Kristantina

When I saw InSexts on display at my local comic book store, I was immediately struck by the art noveau inspired cover. As I flipped through the pages and read the book’s description, I knew that I needed it in my life. InSexts is feminist Victorian body horror. You know how in Kafka’s Metamorphosis the main character wakes up toRead more

“Pretty Deadly, Vol. 1: The Shrike” by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Emma Rios

I’ve been on a graphic novels kick lately, and absolutely devoured the first volume of Pretty Deadly. Pretty Deadly is a western with a mythic fiction vibe. It’s also tricky to characterize, because the art and storytelling can both be a little confusing at times, especially with such a complex story. But at its core, there isRead 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

“Lady Killer Vol. 1” by Jamie Rich & Joelle Jones

Clearly when I named my blog Books Without Any Pictures I never imagined myself getting into graphic novels. This is kind of a new thing for me still, but I’m digging it. The latest in my lineup is Lady Killer, which was recommended to me by a friend. The plot in a nutshell: A 1950s housewife named Josie moonlightsRead more

“Carmilla” by J Sheridan Lefanu

Carmilla by J Sheridan Lefanu is an early gothic vampire novel published 26 years before Bram Stoker’s Dracula. I’ve been curious about Carmilla ever since I first heard about it, and Halloween is quickly approaching, it seemed like the perfect time of year to read it! Carmilla is narrated by Laura, a lonely girl who lives with her father in onRead more

“Volkhavaar” by Tanith Lee

My paperback of Volkhavaar by Tanith Lee is so old and battered that even my cell phone Instagram picture is higher resolution that anything I can find on the internet. This tells me two things–(A) Volkhavaar is not one of Tanith Lee’s best known books, and (B) I got hella lucky at the used bookstore. Volkhavaar is quintessentiallyRead more

Mini-Reviews: Books by Jeffe Kennedy & Emily Gee

The Crown of the Queen by Jeffe Kennedy is a novella that takes place in between two fantasy romance trilogies in the Twelve Kingdoms world.  You can find it in the For Crown and Kingdom duo with another novella by Grace Draven. Actually, a novella isn’t quite the right word for it.  I prefer to think of For Crown andRead more

“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by John Tiffany, Jack Thorn, & J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a screenplay about Harry Potter’s son Albus.  It takes place many years after the previous books, when Harry is a middle-aged man and his son is about to take his place at Hogwarts.  Despite all of his adventures in defeating evil, Harry Potter doesn’t know how to be aRead more