‘Unraveling’ Review: A Brilliant Journey Into the Unknown

The beauty of Karen Lord’s Unraveling lies in her mastery of storytelling and the art of larger-than-life protagonists. The book starts pretty typically, showing a woman as she walks down the street. We get a bit of the scenery, we get some basic background on her story and the recent goings-on that have haunted her…

‘Smoke & Summons’ Review: A Brilliant Story Filled with Dark Magic

Smoke & Summons is a brilliant fantasy novel featuring strong worldbuilding, terrifying magic, and a protagonist with breathtaking power. The writing is superb, never faltering as we follow Sandis on her arduous journey to freedom. Smoke & Summons By Charlie N. Holmberg 47North The most powerful part of the book is Sandis’ character evolution. Her…

‘A Memory Called Empire’ Review: The Brilliance of a Master Worldbuilder

A Memory Called Empire is a tour-de-force, sweeping you into a complex story and brilliantly rendered culture. From the start, a new ambassador must tread carefully through the treachery of a predecessor suddenly deceased. Answers are hard to find, allies are difficult to determine, and dangers are lurking where least expected. It’s part murder mystery,…

‘The Book of the Moon’ Review: An Accessible Guide to Everything Lunar

The Book of the Moon presents a delightfully written history of the Moon, detailing everything you’d ever want to know about our night light in the sky. The author, Dr. Maggie Aderin-Pocock, has an almost mesmerizing way of discussing complicated scientific material. Her writing style makes the book an exciting, entertaining trip through the many…

‘Humanimal’ Review: Genetics & the Human Condition

Humanimal is an examination of what it means to be human from a genetic and biological standpoint, and how our definers mirror those of what we consider ‘animals.’ Rutherford presents a well-researched guide to humanity – from our bodies to our behaviors to our cultures. Human history is a long, drawn out story and Humanimal…

‘The Free Orcs of Cascadia’ Short Review

The Free Orcs of Cascadia is a fascinating story detailing the creation of a counterculture where LARPing moves beyond the make believe and becomes reality. We see bands of people identifying as orcs and reverting their society back to pre-modern norms and fighting styles. They’re committed to their way of life, risking everything to live by…

‘Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon’ Short Review

Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon is a delightfully magical story, blending indigenous Canadian storytelling with modern day theatrics. We hear the story of an old man who makes a bet with Death and does everything he can to cheat his way out of an ending. It’s an interesting tale to be sure, but the…

‘East of the Sun, West of the Stars’ Short Review

East of the Sun, West of the Stars is a beautifully written journey into space, featuring a woman whose purpose is to keep her culture’s stories alive. I was most impressed with the sense of home the author brought to the spaceship. While this is an evacuation story of sorts, the characters are extremely thoughtful…