The Gremlin’s Library: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

TW: This book and review deals heavily with mental illness, hallucinations/delusions, and the claustrophobia of deep cave exploration. It's part of the nature of the literary world, at this point, that I will hear something About a book and how it's good and still know very little about it. Perhaps, like with Every Heart a … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling

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: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Read my First Chapter Thoughts on Annihilation here! When I first read some of Annihilation (in the Nebula 2014 collection), I wasn't impressed. But now that I've read the whole thing, in its incandescently weird glory, I'm looking back at 2016 me and whispering, you silly prat.┬áIn my defense, Annihilation starts off slowly; it's almost … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

The Gremlin’s Library: Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

The first few pages of Midnight Robber feel like being dropped into a brand new language - and realistically, you are. If you know the language. you're fine. It takes a little readjustment, sure, but only the same amount of adjustment that a speaker of Received Pronounciation British English needs to do for the terms … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson

The Gremlin’s Library: Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer

Well. WELL. WELL. I was confused, mildly curious and definitely tempted by the first chapter. I was not prepared. God fucking damn. Dead Astronauts is the literary equivalent of that one scene from Neon Genesis Evangelion - well, okay, there's multiple. But the one that I can't stop thinking about is the notorious "mind rape" scene … Continue reading The Gremlin’s Library: Dead Astronauts by Jeff Vandermeer