book list · fantasy

Spotlight #5: Djinn

As a fan of fantasy literature, it’s also important to recognise the cultural roots of mythological beings. The writing podcast with Sami Shah and Nadia Niaz highlights the place djinn has in Muslim mythology from the perspective of writers who grew up with these stories. The following books below are layered stories which acknowledge these roots.… Continue reading Spotlight #5: Djinn

fantasy · middle grade · own voices · speculative fiction

Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda

Yo Hi’s life’s dream has finally come true: He’s been accepted into the Dragon Riding Academy. While his life will never be the same, unfortunately, some things may never change. Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng  Illustrated by Kim Miranda Published: March 1st 2017 by Rosarium Publishing Source: ARC via Netgalley Thoughts: I reviewed the first… Continue reading Sun Dragon’s Song #2 by Joyce Chng & Kim Miranda

australian author · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Ida by Alison Evans

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want? Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths. One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to… Continue reading Ida by Alison Evans

fantasy · lgbtqia · own voices · speculative fiction · young adult

Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick #1) by C.B. Lee

Welcome to Andover…where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most… Continue reading Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick #1) by C.B. Lee

book list · lgbtqia

February Books

The blog has been relatively quiet but pages are still being turned offline. Books read in February – The Voices of Martyrs by Maurice Broaddus This is a strong collection of Afro-futuristic stories. Review soon. A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman Loved this verse novel. This blog should be dedicated to Nafiza’s book recommendations. Parable of the Sower by… Continue reading February Books

australian author · memoir · non-fiction · own voices

The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

‘Against anything I had ever been told was possible, I was turning white. On the surface of my skin, a miracle was quietly brewing . . .’ Suburban Australia. Sweltering heat. Three bedroom blonde-brick. Family of five. Beat-up Ford Falcon. Vegemite on toast. Maxine Beneba Clarke’s life is just like all the other Aussie kids… Continue reading The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

non-fiction · speculative fiction

Influential African-American SF Writers of the 20th Century: Octavia E. Butler

I began writing about power because I had so little, Octavia E. Butler once said. Butler’s life as an African American woman–an alien in American society and among science fiction writers–informed the powerful works that earned her an ardent readership and acclaim both inside and outside science fiction. Gerry Canavan offers a critical and holistic… Continue reading Influential African-American SF Writers of the 20th Century: Octavia E. Butler