Weekly Roundup, December 11-15, 2017

Hello! The weekend is in full swing, and I hope you’re having a marvelous time. If you’re stuck at work, you truly have my deepest sympathies. No matter where you are or what you’re doing, I hope you can take a few minutes to look back at the week with me to see what you may have missed here at Spec Chic.


On Monday, we share our favorite things. This week, author and regular contributor Lane Robins was in the hot seat, and she was more than happy to go on about the things that are currently tickling her fancy. What are those things? “Lost rooms, dollhouses, magic in the ATL, a very specific part of a wolfy tv show, and crossovers!” Admit it, you know that you are intrigued. Read her post and satisfy that curiosity!


On Tuesday morning Calie Voorhis took us back to the English countryside in her latest edition of Changing the Map.  This month’s topic was Ms. Edith Nesbit. Calie says:

The genesis of what we consider contemporary children’s novels, the influencer of so many who came after her, including C.S. Lewis and Kenneth Grahame, the leader of a movement towards realistic kids, is Edith Nesbit, aka E. Nesbit.

If you haven’t already, you should read Calie’s post and learn more about this fascinating woman!

Kelly McCarty shared her thoughts on Dot Hutchison’s horror novel The Butterfly Garden on Tuesday afternoon. There are some spoilers in her review, but if you’re curious about the novel, scroll to the end to read the “In Conclusion” section for a quick wrap up on Kelly’s thoughts.


A few weeks ago, Andrea Judy reviewed River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey. This week, she shares her thoughts on the sequel, Taste of Marrow. Did she like it? Should you read it? You’ll have to read her review to find out.


Nu Yang has opinions on whether or not The Crow should be granted a reboot/remake. Strong opinions. Read them here, and let Nu know whether you agree or disagree.


Star Wars day was a double header! To celebrate The Last Jedi, Merrin reviewed From a Certain Point of View, short stories from side and background characters in A New Hope. Her review is completely spoiler free, so read without fear. On the fence about reading this collection? Here’s a compelling reason to pick it up:

We’re currently voting for February’s book club choice, and I mention this because one of the books I nominated is by Nnedi Okorafor, who wrote my next favorite short story in this collection, called “The Baptist.” Remember the tentacle monster in the trash compactor? This is her origin story, and it’s amazing. Also, I cried. I told you, I spent way more time crying at this collection than I would ever have imagined.

Merrin cried over the tentacle monster’s origin story. The tentacle monster. This collection looks awesome, and I look forward to reading it!

Speaking of collections, the multi-talented Stephanie M. Wytovich released a new poetry collection, Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare! Stephanie is, among many other things, an occasional contributor here at Speculative Chic, and we are thrilled that her new collection is available! J.L. Gribble sat down with Wytovich and discussed the new collection here. Take a look at the post, and at Sheet Music to My Acoustic Nightmare!

Book Club

There’s still time to read Hogfather with us, if you are so inclined (and you should be). Finished it? Get a jump on Octavia Butler’s Dawn for January, and be sure to vote for the February selection here. Make your voice heard and choose from one of these three awesome selections: Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson, Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor, and Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord.

And that’s our week! Enjoy your weekend! Go see The Last Jedi (and look for our Sound Off! early next week)! Not your thing? Look back at the week that was, catch up on what we published, and please feel free to jump into any discussion that catches your eye.

No pun intended.

Image of the Dianoga (the tentacle monster) from Starwars.com

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