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 […]

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 […]

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 […]