Review – The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

Front cover of The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami The Strange Library
By: Haruki Murakami
Illustrator: Chip Kidd
Translator: Ted Goossen
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Publisher: Knopf
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A small novella, The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami sits neatly in the space between fairy tales, the surreal, and magical realism. It is a short thing, barely 96 pages, with a great deal of artwork. But within that space lies the unknown, the unforgiving, and both the harshness and beauty of the world and people.

Book Tour – Wonderland: An Anthology edited by Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane

Wonderland: An Anthology edited by Marie O'Regan and Paul Kane Wonderland: An Anthology
By: Marie O'Regan (editor) & Paul Kane (editor)
Release Date: September 17, 2019
Publisher: Titan Press
Received From: Publisher
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Wonderland: An Anthology, edited by Marie O’Regan and Paul Kane is an anthology of stories all inspired by Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale Alice in Wonderland. This is a brand new anthology released September 17, 2019 now available for purchase.

Review – Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley

Book cover of Apocalypse Nyx by Kameron Hurley Apocalypse Nyx
By: Kameron Hurley
Release Date: July 17, 2018
Publisher: Tachyon Publishing
Series: Bel Dame Apocrypha
Received From: Publisher
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Set in the Bel Dame Apocrypha series, Apocalypse Nyx is a collection of five stories set at various points in time throughout the series. Author Kameron Hurley has previously released two of the included stories on her Patreon. Here, they are collected with three others as a part of a series of books about Nyx and her band of misfits.

Review – For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll

For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll For He Can Creep
By: Siobhan Carroll
Release Date: July 10, 2019
Publisher: Tor.com
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Recently released on Tor.com is a short story worth being shouted about from the rooftops. For He Can Creep by Siobhan Carroll, who’s other short fiction can be found in many anthologies, can be read in its entirety for free on Tor.com. The tale is a short story set in an asylum in the 1700s told from the point of view of Jeoffry, the cat of a poet who was committed to the asylum some time before.

Review – Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation edited by Ken Liu

Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation
By: edited by Ken Liu
Translator: Ken Liu; Carmen Yiling Yan
Release Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: Tor Books
Series: Chinese Science Fiction in Translation #2
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Following 2016’s Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation Ken Liu has translated and compiled a second volume titled Broken Stars: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation. Short stories, novellas, and essays comprise the volume, all of them translated from the original Chinese into English. Author and translator of such books as Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem translates each story beautifully. Also translating this volume is Carmen Yiling Yan.

Review – The Refrigerator Monologues by Catherynne M. Valente

The Refridgerator Monologues
By: Catherynne M. Valente
Illustrator: Annie Wu
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Saga Press
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Catherynne Valente’s The Refrigerator Monologues is a slim novel that packs one hell of a punch. It is at once a collection of short stories and a novel. While there are multiple stories from different women being told, they come together and paint a very vivid world filled with superheroes and villains, an afterlife rich in community with a certain life of its own, and the women who were used, hurt, and forgotten by those who were supposed to love them.

#MangaMonday Review – Frankenstein: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito

Frankenstein: Junji Into Story Collection
By: Junji Ito
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Publisher: VIZ Media
Received From: Publisher
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If a manga bears Junji Ito’s name you can be certain I’ll be reading it. Recently, I received an early copy of Frankenstein: Junji Ito Short Story Collection by Junji Ito.

A caveat I want to note – the e-arc I received only had Frankenstein. There are two other short stories included in the collection. One of these is the Oshikiri story cycle, and I believe there is something featuring Ito’s dog as well. Once I get a copy of the final copy this review will be updated to include my thoughts on this as well.

Review – Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson

Skin Folk: Stories
By: Nalo Hopkinson
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Publisher: Open Road Media
Award: World Fantasy Award for Best Collection (2002); Sunburst Award (2003)
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I love short story collections. I also love fantasy. So this week I picked up a copy of Skin Folk: Stories by Nalo Hopkinson over on Hoopla. Despite this collection of short stories winning the World Fantasy Award for Best Collection in 2015, I was not familiar with the author or her other works. I was intrigued, and quickly dived into the book. This is a fantastic collection of stories – mostly fantasy, some horror, and a few stories which were written in a more contemporary style.

Review – The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

The King in Yellow (Deluxe Edition)
By: Robert W. Chambers
Release Date: February 27, 2018; (Original Publication) 1895
Publisher: Pushkin Press
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Sometimes you just need to sit down on a cold winter’s day and read a book filled with short, scary stories. This time, it was a new printing of a classic novel that has inspired creators for generations. Set to be released on February 27th, 2018, The King in Yellow by Robert Chambers is a fantastic classic horror novel.

Review – Robots vs. Fairies Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe

Robots vs. Fairies
By: (Editor) Dominik Parisien; (Editor) Navah Wolfe
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Saga Press
Received From: Publisher
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Anthologies are some of my favorite books to read, and Robots vs. Fairies may very well be my favorite anthology to date. Edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe, this anthology is divided into stories featuring either robots or fairies, and sometimes both of them together. Every story is different in tone. No two share the same world.