Book Review: Before the Broken Star, by Emily R. King

NOTE:  This review contains spoilers for Before the Broken Star.  Please read at your discretion. 2/5 “Be calm. Be machine. Be indifferent, like time.”  This was a frustrating read for me.  Featuring the alluring premise of a girl with a clockwork heart, Before the Broken Star is a great example of how elegant prose alone can’t carry…

Movie Review: A Silent Voice

(Warning:  This film contains brief suicidal ideation.) 5/5 "Back then, if we could have heard each other's voices, everything would have been so much better." How does bullying affect people, even years after it’s happened?  When is it possible to overcome the trauma of bullying, or, in the perpetrator’s case, to set down the weight…

Three Graphic Novels to Read for Pride Month

As the 50thanniversary of the Stonewall Riots draws closer, Pride Month 2019 is in full swing.  Rainbow flags abound, companies are gearing their brands towards the LGBTQ+ community, and parades are marching through city streets.  With summer settling in, June is coming up cheery, colorful, and super queer. There are plenty of ways to celebrate…

Original Work: The Puppet and the Doll – Part II

Glossary of terms: Fyrnen (feer-nen): weapon derived from the wielder’s body; power depends on body and soul, said to link the two; damage to a fyrnen means grievous harm to the wielder Raiko has a fyrnen that takes the shape of a scythe. Black thread: a soul bond Temeer: a magic user whose power is imbued directly into…

Original Work: The Puppet and the Doll – Part I

  Glossary of terms: Fyrnen (feer-nen): weapon derived from the wielder’s body; power depends on body and soul, said to link the two; damage to a fyrnen means grievous harm to the wielder Raiko has a fyrnen that takes the shape of a scythe. Black thread: a soul bond Temeer: a magic user whose power is imbued directly…

Book Review: The Book of Night Women, by Marlon James

4/5 Holy cow, this book was difficult to rate – almost as difficult as it was to read.  But this makes perfect sense, as Marlon James’s The Book of Night Women is not a satisfying book.  The story it tells is frustrating, disturbing, and, ultimately, deeply unsatisfying.  My knee-jerk reaction to feeling anger and frustration…