Weekly Roundup, January 15-19, 2018

Welcome, welcome, welcome! It’s that time again, where we review the week that was here at Speculative Chic. No time for small talk, so let’s hop right into our happy little rewind.


My Favorite Things kicked off the week, as usual. This time it was my turn in the hot seat. I’m a shameless nerd, and here’s the proof. Take a look at the things that are currently making me happy! What are those things? “Spoiler alert: thieving cats, Escher-esque quests, feel-good wrecks, a certain man in a red suit, stress-relievers, and Lemons as models.”


Changing the Map this month explores the work of Anne Rice. I devoured a chunk of Rice’s work when I was in the latter stages of the teenage years. Queen of the Damned was one of my favorite books (and I even liked the movie). Check out Calie Voorhis’s look at Rice’s work here.

Yours truly made a second appearance on Tuesday afternoon with a review of Seanan McGuire’s Beneath the Sugar Sky. Note: may contain spoilers, read with care. And you truly shouldn’t read this unless you’ve read the first book in the series, Every Heart a Doorway.


Erin Bales shared her thoughts on the massive collaboration novel The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland. And I do mean massive: the book clocks in at 754 pages. It’s an epistolary novel about time travel, and I have added it to my own TBR list. Erin’s review is spoiler free, so read away!

On Wednesday afternoon, Nicole Taft debuted the first in her 2018 resolution project: Silver Screen Resolution, Take Two! In Nicole’s own words to describe her version of the project: “And since we’re in “Take Two” mode, I might as well up the ante: I will instead be seeing two spec fic movies per month rather than just one.” Her first selection is the 1987 vampire classic, Near Dark. Nicole was inspired by Carey Ballard‘s Chain Reaction from October of last year (check it out here if you’re a vampire aficionado).


Nu Yang began our Thursday with a review of Black Mirror‘s newest season. Here be dragons spoilers, so read with caution!

Our second post on Thursday was Kendra Merritt’s review of what sounds like a charming novel from Robin McKinley: Pegasus. I was late to the McKinley party, having somehow missed her books until I was an adult. Kendra’s review is spoiler-free, so check it out.


Our Friday post was R.J. Joseph’s deep look at the women of Stranger Things. There’s no denying that one of our favorite shows has problems, and R.J. pointedly highlights the issues that the show has with its female characters. Check it out!

Book Club

It will soon be time for us to discuss Octavia Butler’s Dawn! Are you reading? I hope so! Book clubs are more fun when there are more people, and we’d love to have you join us! If you’re already finished and ready for our January discussion, go ahead and start on Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring. You can also vote for our March selection at the above link.

And that’s the week that was! I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend, and we’ll be back on Monday. In the meantime, enjoy the fruits of our writers’ labor! They work hard and deserve a thousand gold stars.

(Stars leads to Starz leads to a pretty scene from American Gods. Indulge me.)

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