First Chapter Thoughts: Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Gracia

A while back, I read Silvia Moreno-Garcia's Gods of Jade and Shadow, and fell utterly in love. Her prose, her characterization, her wry, dark humour, combined with Mayan mythology and clever worldbuilding - It's a fantastic novel, which I've reviewed over here. So, inevitably, I'm checking out more of Moreno-Garcia's work. The first I got my hands … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Untamed Shore by Silvia Moreno-Gracia

First Chapter Thoughts: The Changeling by Victor LaValle

I made a point of seeking out Black horror to read in February, and the first book I read was the wonderful but strange White is for Witching by Helen Oyeyemi. The second is The Changeling by Victor LaValle - published more recently than the first (2017) but opening on the lives of two people in the late 60s-early … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: The Changeling by Victor LaValle

First Chapter Thoughts: Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

I loved Borne, and I've been slowly falling in love with Vandermeer's prose through his short stories elsewhere, but I have to admit. I'm not sure what to make of this one. Dead Astronauts is set in the same universe as Borne, with different characters, but while it has some of the familiar strangeness, it's … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

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

First Chapter Thoughts: Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky

I was recommended this book by the lovely LA Knight, and was thrilled to find that it's part of the Riordan Presents series, where authors write #OwnVoices takes on their own myths. So far, I'm not sure which myths exactly Tristan Strong is taking on, but I'm anticipating Anansi at least from the spiderweb charm! … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky