Columns and Reviews

If there’s a book you’d like me to review, feel free to email me at elliott.dunstan@gmail.com! I can’t guarantee anything – it depends on availability, funds, and interest – but I love suggestions. Just keep in mind that they’re suggestions!

If you’d like me to review your book, I’ll gladly consider it, but you’ll have to give me a little more information than for a normal recommendation. Email me the book’s synopsis, genre, a little about you, its release date (the most important for ARCs) and whether it’s an indie, small press or tradpub release. This last one is relevant because I’m going to prioritize indie and small press releases! Please do not send me the book right off the bat; also please do not contact me for non-queer romances, westerns, picture books or hard scifi. Fantasy, softer sci-fi, horror, literary fiction and weird fiction are my jam.

THE GREMLIN’S LIBRARY

Book reviews and short story reviews are found here! Sorted alphabetically.

BOOKS:

A History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz (queer, disabled, sex worker and PTSD rep; fantasy; young adult fiction; queer and disabled-authored)
An Unkindness of Ghosts by River Solomon (autistic, intersex, Black, trans and psychosis rep; scifi; adult fiction; Black-authored)
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol (Ukrainian rep; horror graphic novel; young adult fiction)
ANYONE by Charles Soule (Black rep; cyberpunk; adult fiction)
Blanca and Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore (Latinx, non-binary and queer rep; fantasy; young-adult fiction; non-binary and Latinx authored)
Bloodchild and Other Short Stories by Octavia Butler (Black rep; scifi; adult fiction short stories; Black-authored)
Borne by Jeff Vandermeer (POC and disabled rep; scifi; adult fiction)
Clockwork Canada ed. Dominik Parisien (Black and trans rep; speculative fiction; short stories; various diverse authors)
Consumed by David Cronenberg (horror; adult audience)
David Bowie Made Me Gay by Darryl W. Bullock (Queer focus; non-fiction; adult audience; queer-authored)
Deadline by Stephanie Ahn (Korean lesbian rep; urban fantasy; adult fiction; Korean lesbian-authored)
Flesh Trap by Magen Cubed (queer masc and PTSD rep; horror; adult fiction; queer-authored)
Frostbite by J. Emery (queer masc rep; fantasy romance; adult fiction; queer-authored)
Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan (sapphic and Chinese/Malaysian rep; fantasy; young-adult fiction; queer and Malaysian-authored)
Goddess of the Hunt by Shelby Eileen (aroace and fat rep; poetry; aroace fat-authored)
Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Mexican mestiza rep; historical fantasy; adult fiction; Mexican-authored)
Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming by Sienna Tristen (Non-binary and asexual rep; low fantasy; adult fiction; non-binary and asexual-authored)
Impostors by Scott Westerfeld (sci-fi; young-adult fiction)
Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey (sapphic rep; urban fantasy; adult fiction; queer-authored)
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (disabled rep; urban/dark fantasy; adult fiction; queer- and disabled-authored)
Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht (queer masc rep; horror; adult fiction; queer-authored)
My Invented Country by Isabel Allende (Cuban focus; memoir non-fiction; adult audience; Cuban-authored)
Of Echoes Born by ‘Nathan Burgoine (queer masc and Deaf rep; speculative short stories; adult fiction; queer masc-authored)
Ottawa Arts Review Vol 2.2 (literary fiction short stories; adult fiction)
Orope by Guenevere Lee (POC rep; historical fantasy; adult fiction)
Parasomnia by Eric Desmarais (fantasy/horror; adult fiction)
Pluralities, Or by Avi Silver (aromantic and non-binary rep; slipstream; adult fiction; queer-authored)
press ctrl-alt-delete by Vanessa Maki (Black and sapphic rep; poetry; Black queer-authored)
Salt by Hannah Moskowitz (fantasy; middle-grade fiction; disabled-authored)
Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson (Black Caribbean, queer, disabled rep; urban fantasy; young adult fiction; Black queer-authored)
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (disabled, queer, fat and Black rep; fantasy; young adult fiction; disabled-authored)
Sunfish by Shelby Eileen (Jewish, aroace and non-binary rep; poetry; Jewish and aroace-authored)
The Hundred Secret Senses (Chinese and disabled* rep; magical realism; adult fiction; Chinese-authored)
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia (Black and PTSD rep; fantasy; middle-grade fiction; Black-authored)
Two Dark Moons by Avi Silver (Non-binary and disabled rep; science-fiction/fantasy; young-adult fiction; non-binary and disabled-authored)
The King in Darkness by Evan May (queer rep; horror; adult fiction)
The Girl with the Red Balloon by Katherine Locke (Jewish and queer rep; historical fantasy; young-adult fiction)
The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante (lesbian and Salvadoran rep; science-fiction/cyberpunk; young-adult fiction; Latinx-authored)
The Inheritance Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin (Black, non-binary and queer rep; fantasy; adult fiction; Black-authored)
The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs (contemporary; young-adult fiction)
The Starlit Wood ed. Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (queer and disabled rep; fantasy/scifi/speculative short stories; adult audience; various diverse authors)
The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (Muslim, OCD and Malaysian rep; historical fiction; young-adult fiction; Malaysian Muslim-authored)
The Widow Tree by Nicole Lundrigan (Yugoslavian and Romani rep; historical gothic fiction; adult fiction; Yugoslavian-authored)

 

SHORT STORIES:

“A Map to a Future Unlike Any Past” by Karolina Fedyk
“Eternity Ltd” by Carole de Monclin
“Female Computer Wanted, Apply Within” by Innocent Chizaram Ilo
“House of the Camphor” by Mina Ikemoto Ghosh
“I Have Placed My Sickness Upon You” by Karin Tidbeck
“I live with him, I see his face, I go no more away” by Helen Oyeyemi
“Lost Girl” by Catherine Lundoff
“Of Warps and Wefts” by Innocent Chizaram Ilo
“Report on the Wren Queen’s Dementia” by Rhonda Eikamp
“The Dead, in their Uncontrollable Power” by Karen Osborne
“The Water-Bearer and the Hawk-King” by H. Pueyo

CHAOS QUEER COOKING:

My cooking and kitchen blogging.

 

BEHIND THE CURTAIN:

More in-depth literary, social and personal analysis.

SEXUAL, NSFW, KINK, ETC.

Challenging the Sexualization of Children
I Think I’m Ready To Talk About This Now (Or, What MAP Sexual Abuse Looks Like Behind the Curtain)
Sex, Kink and Trauma

LITERARY

Going from Yaoi to M/M: Writing Gay Male Relationships with Respect 
Why Does Romance’s Happy Endings Rule Make Me Panic?

DISABILITY

Being an Autistic Activist: On Ableism, Subtext and Good Faith

MUSIC:

Album Review: Green Day’s New Album Hasn’t Lost Their Fire _ Just Taking It Less Seriously