The Gremlin’s Library: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

I've been meaning to read some of Seanan McGuire's books for a long time, but - do you ever get that thing when a book or author comes so highly recommended that you're scared of reading it because it might not live up to the hype? Well, I'm ace, and Seanan McGuire's Every Heart a Doorway is … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Middlegame by Seanan McGuire

The Gremlin’s Library: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Anybody who knows me knows that I am a SUCKER for mythology. Irish, Viking, Yoruba, West African... Anything with a mythic bent and a folkloric eye is pretty much automatically my favourite. So when Silvia Moreno-Garcia announced her Gods of Jade and Shadow as a Mayan fairytale, I was sold. Unfortunately I apparently wasn't the only one … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Gods of Jade and Shadow

The Gremlin’s Library: Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

This book was fun! I've gotten into the habit of picking up books by covers and/or recs alone, because of the sense of mystery; either I'll love something or I'll hate it. One of the downsides of this, though, is that I don't always know which audience is written for. Salt is a middle-grade novel that follows … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Salt by Hannah Moskowitz

First Chapter Thoughts: Dragon Physician by Joyce Chng

One of the tropes that can go either tremendously well or terrifyingly badly in speculative fiction is the inverted gender role society; a matriarchy, usually oppressive, that denies men rights. Written by cis men, it's unbearably self-victimizing. Written by cis women, it's interesting but usually incredibly cissexist and binary. (There are a few examples that … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Dragon Physician by Joyce Chng

The Gremlin’s Library: “Report on the Wren Queen’s Dementia” by Rhonda Eikamp

"There were dispensations, of course, if the dream seemed impossible. The body might rebel, or the mind. A dream might be unimaginable. The only time I sought a dispensation was when my son's bird told him to kill himself." -Rhonda Eikamp, "Report on the Wren Queen's Dementia", Lackingtons' Issue 20: Birds Oooooof. This story hits … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: “Report on the Wren Queen’s Dementia” by Rhonda Eikamp