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

First Chapter Thoughts: In the Dream House

My partner is actually the one who recommended this book to me (the wonderful Davey at @NotLisaDavis <3) and so far, I'm enthralled. In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado is a creative non-fiction memoir that combines elements of slipstream, magical realism and literary fiction to talk about an abusive relationship from her past, as well … Continue reading First Chapter Thoughts: In the Dream House

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