The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Bear and the Nightgale is a medieval Russian fairy tale-esque novel by debut author Katherine Arden. And it’s beautiful. That’s pretty much the whole review I want to give this book. It’s beautiful. It’s an experience. You should absolutely read it. The closest comparison I can think of is Uprooted by Naomi Novak, for the same dark fairy […]

Maas and Masculinity: a few thoughts on Empire of Storms

I’ve been a big fan of Sarah J Maas’s novels since her debut, Throne of Glass, came out in 2012. Since then, she’s only gotten stronger and more addictive as a writer, and so the fifth novel in the Throne of Glass series, Empire of Storms, was probably my most anticipated read of the year. But while Empire of Storms was […]

Forgetting the Plot: Amnesia and Romantic Fiction

Amnesia really sucks as a plot device. Occasionally, it can create interesting, although not dazzling, dilemmas. IZombie’s current “the zombie cure might give you amnesia” plotline isn’t the best thing it’s ever done, but as it affects one of the villains and not the protagonist, it does create new dilemmas in the story without sending it off […]