ARC Review: In the Vanishers’ Palace | Magic, Mythology, and F/F Monster Romance

ARC Review: In the Vanishers’ Palace | Magic, Mythology, and F/F Monster Romance

TITLE: In the Vanishers’ Palace
AUTHOR: Aliette de Bodard
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: October 2018; JABberwocky Literary Agency
GENRE: Fantasy
FORMAT: e-book

KEY INFO: Novella, retelling, romance, dragons, colonialism, healing, agency, magic and mythology
REPRESENTATION: Vietnamese, f/f romance, female protagonists 
CONTENT NOTICES:
 woman held prisoner, sexual scene, poverty

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December TBR | Last Books of 2018

December TBR | Last Books of 2018

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I simply cannot believe that this is the last TBR of 2018. Every year I have remarked on how quickly the months are passing and now the year is almost over in the blink of an eye. I have read so many amazing books this year and also many books I had planned to read fell by the wayside so this month will be dedicated to catching up on those books!

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November TBR | #Mythothon & Remember November

November TBR | #Mythothon & Remember November

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I haven’t done a bingo event for what seems like forever so I couldn’t resist the lure of Foxes and Fairytale’s #mythothon for November, especially given my love for Greek mythology! As the end of the year is hurtling towards us at rapid speed the #mythothon bingo card also gives me the perfect opportunity to work out which books have been sadly sidelined this year and try to finish them before the end of the year. Which leads me onto the other thing happening this month, Remember November, a challenge to help you meet those pesky 2018 goals we set at the beginning of the year! Reading more owned books was one of my main goals for the year, so the mythothon and Remember November tie in perfectly for me.

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Cover Reveal | New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

Cover Reveal | New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color edited by Nisi Shawl

‘THERE’S NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN, BUT THERE ARE NEW SUNS’
Octavia E. Butler

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I am absolutely thrilled to take part in the cover reveal for an incredible new anthology, New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction by People of Color. Edited by the brilliant Nisi Shawl, author of Everfair, New Suns showcases both emerging and seasoned writers telling stories that are filled with shocking delights and powerful visions of the familiar made strange.

There is an array of stories on show in this anthology which journey across science fiction, fantasy, horror, and all of the less traveled places in between, places which free authors of stereotypes and clichéd expectations so that they can deliver dazzling new tales which will shine through as new suns on our literary horizons.

Some of the outstanding stories which you can look forward to include Blood and Bells by Karin Lowachee, The Fine Print by Chinelo Onwualu, The Shadow We Cast Through Time by Indrapramit Das, and Harvest by Rebecca Roanhorse. The anthology is introduced by the prolific actor and director LeVar Burton who played Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation and Nisi Shawl brings the collection to a close with her afterword.

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I am absolutely over the moon about the announcement of such a fantastic anthology and am completely in love with the beautiful cover, designed by Yoshi Yoshitani. Over the past few months I’ve been fortunate enough to read some incredible anthologies, such as The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin, and am very excited about delving into the radiant stories in New Suns.


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ARC Review: Invasions | A Shining Example of Queer Speculative Fiction

ARC Review: Invasions | A Shining Example of Queer Speculative Fiction

TITLE: Invasions.
AUTHOR: Calvin Gimpelevich
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: October 2018; Instar Books
GENRE: Speculative Fiction
FORMAT: Paperback

KEY INFO: short stories, queer fiction, bodies, debut collection, #ownvoices
REPRESENTATION: trans women, trans men, amputee, m/m relationships, f/f relationships, transracial adoptee, people of colour, 
CONTENT NOTICES: 
eating disorder, body dysmorphia, body dysphoria, non-consensual bodily interactions, rape, sexual abuse of a minor, body horror, abusive relationships, gaslighting, potential pedophilia, sexual realignment surgery, humiliation, police violence

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