The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N. K. Jemisin Capsule review: I love mythologies, and this one gave me fantasy, noir, heroic quests, gods, passions, and dreams. Sometimes over-serious but unpretentious, I greatly enjoyed this series. “There were three gods, once. Only three, I mean. Now there are dozens, perhaps hundreds. They breed like rabbits. But […]Read more "The Splendid In-Between Gods and Men"
Exploring persecution and seduction narratives in works by Shakespeare, Hawthorne and Oates Perhaps the easiest narrative to employ in tales involving witches and their craft is one based on persecution. There are two main roles the witch character can play in such a narrative. On one hand, we have the witch as an object of persecution, […]Read more "The Pull of the Other is So Strong : Considering the Witch Figure (Part 2)"
A review of Soulless, by Gail Carriger Capsule review: This alternate 1870s world has vampires, werewolves, steampunk mad scientists, aether… and a spinster without a soul. Practical, logical and witty Alexia Tarabotti is a wonderful heroine who must contend with mad science, tea, the terribly attractive Alpha werewolf Conall Maccon, and a decided lack of […]Read more "Tea With Sass"
There is a moment in the first third of Robert Eggers’ The VVitch: A New-England Folktale (aka The Witch), after the family has moved away from a religiously strict New England plantation (circa the early 1600s) to their little slice of “paradise” a patch of untamed wilderness that provides the father character ample opportunities to […]Read more "Rendering Baby Fat: Considering The Witch Figure (Part 1)"