BOOK REVIEW: PRIESTDADDY, BY PATRICIA LOCKWOOD (2017)

On page 48 of her new memoir of growing up in the Catholic Church, Priestdaddy, Patricia Lockwood's husband, Jason, undergoes surgery for a rare type of cataracts--to quote his own description of the operation to Lockwood's alarmed mother, the surgeon slices open the surface of his eye, then uses "a little jackhammer to blast apart … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: PRIESTDADDY, BY PATRICIA LOCKWOOD (2017)

BOOK REVIEW: BOUNDLESS, BY JILLIAN TAMAKI (2017)

In her new graphic short story collection, Boundless, Jillian Tamaki explores the ways humans can stretch beyond the bounds of our bodies and minds, and connect with the rest of the universe. Through social media, the imagination, pop culture, weird internet cults, pyramid schemes, appeals to a shared sisterhood, bed bugs, and even, in one … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: BOUNDLESS, BY JILLIAN TAMAKI (2017)

BOOK REVIEW: AN OATH OF DOGS, BY WENDY N. WAGNER (2017)

It's the twenty-third century, and Standish has found a new career in a new town. The new town is a moon, Huginn, and the new career consists of working as head of communication for a huge intergalactic corporation. Standish's predecessor, Duncan Chambers, was murdered. Who killed him, and why? Could it have anything to do … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: AN OATH OF DOGS, BY WENDY N. WAGNER (2017)

4 AWESOME GENDER-BENDING BOOKS BASED ON GREEK MYTH

In preparation for my upcoming review of Colm Tóibín's House of Names, based on the bloody story of Orestes, Electra and Clytemnestra, I thought I'd make a short list of all my favourite books that are based on Greek mythology. As it turns out, by some strange coincidence, they all feature some form of gender bending. Readers, if you … Continue reading 4 AWESOME GENDER-BENDING BOOKS BASED ON GREEK MYTH

BOOK REVIEW: SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH, BY TAYEB SALIH (1966)

In Naughty Dog's 2013 videogame The Last of Us, a fungus turns people into zombies. It latches itself onto your brain and, as it grows, it alters your behaviour, ramping up aggressiveness, making you instinctively attack uninfected humans. Season of Migration to the North is like this fungus. I wasn't going to write a review of … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: SEASON OF MIGRATION TO THE NORTH, BY TAYEB SALIH (1966)