The Gremlin’s Library: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Silvia Moreno-Garcia previously impressed me with both Untamed Shore and Gods of Jade and Shadow, but I think her most recent release, Mexican Gothic, is my favourite of her work yet. Trigger warnings in place for this book include: rot/decay, eugenics, racism, gaslighting, drug overdose, sexual assault, premature/live burial, cannibalism, incest and implied suicide and CSA. Mexican Gothic follows Noemí Taboada as … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

First Chapter Thoughts: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

In all fairness, I can understand why Oyeyemi isn't more popular. Most people, when reading books, want some semblance of a structure; introduction to a character, a premise, a setting - something they can follow. My first book by Helen Oyeyemi was White is for Witching, and I was surprised by how much the book meandered; for this one, … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

First Chapter Thoughts: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

I finally received my copy of Mexican Gothic (*excited goth boy noises*)! This is my third Moreno-Garcia book and I'm already SO into it. So, thoughts on the first chapter! Noemí Tabaoda is a high society debutante who goes through lovers at her own whims and is immediately set up as just a touch unreliable. The first … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

First Chapter Thoughts: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

I'm somebody who enjoys both books and movies equally, and am often in the unenviable position of enjoying both a book and its adaptation. This is funny enough with things like Lord of the Rings, where at least the nerdboy contingent is balanced out by widespread cultural love. Annihilation, however, is an amusing case where … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

The Gremlin’s Library: Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler

I confess, I've never actually read Octavia Butler before. It wasn't deliberate - a lot of her work just falls more to the sci-fi side of spec, and I tend to seek out fantasy. Plus, for whatever reason (we all know why), she never comes up on those Big Fancy Rec Lists or gets assigned … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler