Thanksgiving: A Shorts Review

Thanksgiving is the kind of story that pulls you in ever so slowly until it smacks you in the head with a plot twist that both delights and baffles. It’s a story much in line with Brazil, creating this weird reality where things that shouldn’t be possible are completely normal, where the fantastical is just…

Empire of Sand: Desert Mysticism Amidst Ancient Magic

Empire of Sand takes you deep into the desert, mixing magic, mystical arts and religion in a world where empire comes before all else. Suri has created a world you yearn to explore, where creatures and beasts lie in wait on the edge of reality. The writing is complex and well executed, giving you an intricately…

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale: Modern Meets Magical

How to Fracture a Fairy Tale is a compilation of the world’s greatest hits, matching old tales with new characters and settings. Yolen is a master of the fairy tale form – you’ll find her writing style both enchanting and enticing as you wind through these modern adaptations to discover her unique perspective. The collection is…

Time’s Children: A Brilliant Journey Through Time

Time’s Children is a tour-de-force, setting a fascinating tale of magic and intrigue amidst a world filled with dark corners and creatures who are not to be trusted. I loved every part of this book, and applaud the author on creating a compelling story filled with brilliantly rendered scenes, settings and details that made the…

In the Vanisher’s Palace: Dragons, Love & Magic

In the Vanishers’ Palace will transfix you from the start, weaving a deftly written adaptation of Beauty and the Beast into a magic-filled world burdened with the evil remnants of a dark past. It’s so much more than a retelling of a classic story. Bodard has made it her own with enthralling prose and an inspired…

The Day Time Stood Still (Short Review)

The Day Time Stood Still is a beautiful, heartfelt story of love and loss, featuring one man’s attempts to keep his daughter free from the perils of growing old. He’s afraid of time and is given the gift of time frozen in place. The desperation to stay in a perfect moment jumps off the page and…

Sparrow (Short Review)

Sparrow tells the tale of a woman made redundant by a drone, recounting her final day washing the windows of a skyscraper. We see a character lost amidst the world, trying to find her place in it. The conversation on human labor being replaced by machines takes a backseat to the power of literature to…

A Brief Guide to the Seeking of Ghosts (Short Review)

A Brief Guide to the Seeking of Ghosts is a practical guide to bringing spirits back to the world. There’s so much depth to the story, giving way to conversations on life and death, and the ways people grieve. The final paragraph sealed the deal for me — it’s one of my favorite stories of the…

The Men Who Come From Flowers (Short Review)

The Men Who Come From Flowers is deeper than its few words, giving us a story that’s equal parts romance, fantasy and a discussion on toxic masculinity. It’s written with feeling and a veiled intensity that I admired. THE MEN WHO COME FROM FLOWERS Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, September/October…