Novels Television Young Adult Fiction

We Need To Stop Writing Suicide Stories

Last month, a University of Michigan psychology study found a link between Netflix’s suicide teen drama, 13 Reasons Why, and suicidal intention in vulnerable teen viewers.  It’s a small study, with only 87 participants, but it echoes what experts on teen mental health have claimed from the show’s debut — the show’s treatment of its suicidal protagonist …

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Fantasy Novels

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 …

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Fantasy Novels

An Ode to Malta Vestrit

As I wrote about a few weeks ago, I recently became obsessed with Robin Hobb’s Liveship Traders series. I highly, highly recommend it as one of the best series I’ve ever read. And one of the (many) reasons I adored it was an initially rather awful character called Malta Vestrit. Malta is the youngest female character in …

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Fantasy Novels

Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb

Oh my god, I’m so in love with this series right now. The Liveship Traders Trilogy was recommended to me by Claire Rousseau on Twitter, who described it as “pirates and courtship and women crossdressing to go to sea.” Obviously, I was sold. It’s my second Robin Hobb series, after reading (most of) the Rain Wild Chronicles …

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Hugos 2016 Novels

Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Mercy is the third in Ann Leckie’s acclaimed Imperial Radch series, which I’ve voted for in the Hugos for the past two years. Leckie’s debut series, to me, has always been perfectly balanced sci-fi. It’s  high-concept science fiction, but it’s also an emotional, humorous and character-driven story. On the one hand, it’s very personal — the …

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Novels Young Adult Fiction

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I wasn’t sure what to expect from The Unexpected Everything. I adored Morgan Matson’s debut, Amy & Roger’s Epic Roadtrip, but I was less keen on her next two novels, so although I couldn’t resist grabbing her newest release, I was readying myself for disappointment. And I almost got it. About 150 pages into the book, I was …

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Fantasy Hugos 2016 Novels

Uprooted by Naomi Novak

On the back of my copy of Naomi Novak’s Uprooted, author Maggie Stiefvater says that it “feels as if it has always existed and has been waiting patiently for me to return to it.” I couldn’t think of a better way to describe this enchanting novel about fairy tale magic. Uprooted is a spellbinding novel, and even on …

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Analysis Novels Star Wars

We have to stop debating Mary Sues

Let’s talk about Mary Sues. Again. As I discussed a couple of weeks ago, Star Wars has got people talking once again about Mary Sues, after people criticized Rey for being too capable to be believable. This “Mary Sue” label has been critiqued to death, with many, many people pointing out its sexist connotations. But I’ve …

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