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

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

The Gremlin’s Library: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

This book wasn't quite what I expected - I knew the basic premise, but not much else - but I really enjoyed it. It's hard for me to say it was a fun read, because Girls of Paper and Fire deals with some extremely heavy topics. First and foremost of these is sexual assault, so a heads … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan