Monthly Archives : March 2017

Hwarhath Stories: (Not So) Transgressive Tales by Aliens: A Review

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Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens (2016) Written by: Eleanor Arnason Pages: 392 (Kindle) Publisher: Aqueduct Press Why I Chose It: I actually haven’t heard of this author or her stories before seeing that this book was nominated for the Philip K. Dick award. The title intrigued me and it’s been a while since I’ve read an anthology, so I…

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Sound Off! Life

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, explore new species and discuss Life, which premiered in the United States on Friday, March 24, 2017.   Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily a review. After all, while…

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Sound Off! Power Rangers

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, revisit your childhood and discuss Power Rangers, which premiered in the United States on Friday, March 24, 2017. Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily a review. After all, while…

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Chain Reaction: Three Madcap Time-Travel Adventures

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Who doesn’t love a good time-traveling adventure? Although more serious time-travel stories — 12 Monkeys [the film], Ray Bradbury’s classic short story “A Sound of Thunder” (1952), the TV series Continuum (discussed in a prior post) or the film Primer — can break your brain (especially Primer!), time travel has enchanted audiences since H.G. Wells published The Time Machine in the…

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My Favorite Things: Nerd Fashion, Scene Stealing Mutants, Magical Scavenger Hunts, and Strong Speculative Shows

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re all about fairy tale-inspired fashion, the latest season of a seriously good sci-fi show, a scene stealing mutant from…

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The Mercy Journals Disappoint: A Review

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The Mercy Journals (2016)  Written by: Claudia Casper Genre: Post-apocalyptic fiction Pages: 231 (Paperback) Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press Why I Chose It: I had not heard of The Mercy Journals until Speculative Chic asked the contributors if we were willing to review the books nominated for the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award. I was so interested in the premise of…

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Shaking up the Genre: A Review of Mishell Baker’s Borderline

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Borderline (2016) Written by: Mishell Baker Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 400 (Hardcover) Publisher: Saga Press Why I Chose It: We’re reading the Nebula Awards here at Speculative Chic! Out of the nominees for best novel that I had not already read, Borderline is the one that intrigued me the most. The premise: A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking…

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Sound Off! Beauty and the Beast

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Welcome back to Sound Off!, a semi-regular column where members of Speculative Chic gather together to chat about the latest BIG THING in entertainment. This time, fall in love all over again and discuss Beauty and the Beast, which premiered in the United States on Friday, March 17, 2017. Sound Off! is meant to be a reaction, but not necessarily…

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Never Falter, Never Fear: Ellen Klages’s Passing Strange

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Historical fiction is almost always fascinating to me. If that fiction also happens to have a touch of magic to it, even better. That’s exactly what I got when I decided to pick up Ellen Klages’ Passing Strange. Passing Strange (2017) Written by: Ellen Klages Genre: Historical Fantasy Pages: 215 (Trade paperback) Publisher: Tor.com/Tom Doherty Associates Why I chose it: …

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My Favorite Things: Comedic Sidekicks, Fanfiction, and More Love for Alien Languages

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They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re all about an incredibly funny (and gif-able) actor on the CW’s Supergirl, the top fanfiction you need in your…

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