The Gremlin’s Library: The Moths and Other Stories by Helena Maria Viramontes

Trigger warning: The review briefly touches on things like abortion and misogyny, but more prominently, child murder/dismemberment comes up in a story and is discussed here. I've been working on breaking a reading slump, and the last while, I've kept running into upsetting things in books that I wasn't warned or prepared for, leaving me … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: The Moths and Other Stories by Helena Maria Viramontes

The Gremlin’s Library: The Northern Caves by Nostalgebraist

This is an interesting entry in my book review series, because The Northern Caves is, not strictly speaking, a book! Instead, The Northern Caves is one of those oddities on Archive of Our Own; original fiction that still taps into 'fannish culture' enough to be featured on AO3. There's plenty of these, but The Northern Caves also occupies a … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: The Northern Caves by Nostalgebraist

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