The Genius Plague, or Why You Should Be Afraid of Fungus 101

The Genius Plague by David Walton (Pyr, 2017) We all know that the goal of a species is to not die out, a goal that can be achieved in many ways: living in mutually beneficial relationships with other organisms; spreading further geographically so if there are problems in one region, the other regions survive; killing…

5 Nonfiction Books on Race in America

There has been a flood of books in response to the growing national conversation about race and the lives of persons of color. I’ve recently read (or, perhaps more accurately, inhaled) several books that explore the past and present of race in the United States, particularly Black America. From personal memoirs to comprehensive histories, these books expose…

Book Review: Uprooted

Fantasy with a female lead in the adult (not YA) section? Sign me up. Fantasy with a non-bookworm, impulsive, and emotional female lead? Sign me up even harder. Fantasy that isn’t the beginning of a series and is actually a self-contained story that won’t leave me incredibly frustrated and waiting for years for the cliffhanger…

Nod: An Insomniac’s Nightmare

It’s Day 11 of the 13 Writes of Fright, which means only two more days until Halloween! If you’ve been craving a good book to curl up with while you greet trick or treaters (or just eat all the candy yourself), look no further than Nod by Adrian Barnes, a chilling sci-fi thriller that forces…

Review: The Impossible Fairy Tale

The Impossible Fairy Tale By Han Yujoo, translated from the Korean by Janet Hong Graywolf Press, 2017 I did not think that experimental realistic horror turned challenge-to-the-very-nature-of-storytelling was a genre I was missing from my life, but Han Yujoo proved me wrong. The Impossible Fairy Tale is a story in two parts. The first part…