REVIEW: THE DJINN FALLS IN LOVE, EDITED BY MAHVESH MURAD AND JARED SHURIN (2017)

I have a troubled history with multi-author short story anthologies. Sometimes it's me: I can't get myself to stick with each story till the end, or I can't get myself to reach the end or even the middle if the first few stories are so-so, or I simply can't handle the frequent gear-shifts from story … Continue reading REVIEW: THE DJINN FALLS IN LOVE, EDITED BY MAHVESH MURAD AND JARED SHURIN (2017)

BOOK REVIEW: THE SILENT COMPANIONS, BY LAURA PURCELL (2017)

It's 1866. Elsie Bainbridge is a patient at St Joseph's Hospital for the Insane. She's barely survived the fire that destroyed her home of the last several months. The home that the inhabitants of the nearest village keep well away from. And where, before the fire, four people died under mysterious circumstances. Could Elsie have … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE SILENT COMPANIONS, BY LAURA PURCELL (2017)

BOOK REVIEW: THE ETHICAL CARNIVORE, BY LOUISE GRAY (2016)

For two years, between July 2014 and July 2016, environmental journalist Louise Gray only ate animals she killed herself. She also visited farms, abattoirs, and fishing boats, and hung out with farmers, fishermen, hunters, gamekeepers, a slaughterman or two, as well as a Halal Monitoring Committe inspector, in an effort to better understand how it … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: THE ETHICAL CARNIVORE, BY LOUISE GRAY (2016)

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)