Author Archives : Shara White

Cover Reveal Contest: Steel Blood

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Speculative Chic contributor J.L. Gribble needs your help! The third book in her urban fantasy/alternate history series, Steel Blood, comes out this summer. Her publisher has provided two cover options. They look very similar at first glance, but don’t be fooled. The cover on the left has the shadow of vampire fangs behind the title (relevant because the main character is…

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Roundtable: Leave It Alone!

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Hollywood loves adapting things to the big and small screen. Everywhere we look, something we love is getting made into a movie or a television show, or maybe it’s getting rebooted, rebranded, or relaunched. Sometimes, this is exciting! We can’t wait to see our favorites come to life on the big or small screen! But sometimes, this can lead to…

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Bodies as Commodities: A Review of Matt Hill’s Graft

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Graft (2016) Written by: Matt Hill Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 448 pages (Kindle) Publisher: Angry Robot Why I Chose It: At Speculative Chic, we decided to review all of the Philip K. Dick Award nominees, and as Editor-in-Chic, it was my responsibility to coordinate that. One by one, books were selected, until one was left, alone, without a home: Graft.…

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I Do Not Have Any Sense: A Review of Season One of Taboo

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Stop me if you’ve heard about this one. It’s a period piece. Historical London, not to put too fine a point on it. There’s a big cast with some big names attached, including a lead who primarily acts in movies. It’s moody and gorgeous and cinematic, and it promises mystery, macabre, and magic. What show are you thinking of? You’d…

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Blogging the Philip K. Dick Awards

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One of the very first projects we embarked upon at Speculative Chic was blogging about the Best Novel finalists for the 2016 Hugos. That was so much fun, we turned around and did the same thing for the 2016 World Fantasy Best Novel finalists. Now 2017’s award season is upon us, and we just can’t shake this habit. This year,…

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Sound Off! XX

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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, we’re peering through the dollhouse to see all the stories told in the new horror anthology movie XX, which premiered in the United States on Friday, February 17, 2017. Sound Off! is meant to…

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What the Fork? A Review of Season One of The Good Place

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Have you ever wondered what happens when you die? You may already know, if you practice any specific religious faith. Though I imagine even though most steadfast of believers may sometimes wonder whether everything you’ve been taught or whether everything you believe is exactly right. Or, if you’ve done everything you possibly can to make sure you go “up there”…

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Roundtable: Favorite Love Stories

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Ah, love is in the air! Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you don’t need to be in a relationship, nor do you need to read romance, to really appreciate a good love story. They’re everywhere, especially in speculative fiction. From Han and Leia’s “I love you”/”I know” in Star Wars to Westley’s “As you wish” to Buttercup…

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Roundtable: My First Fandom

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Welcome to the Speculative Chic Roundtable! You’re used to hearing us gather and share our thoughts on movies and our favorite things, but we thought it might be fun to chat about other topics that relate to speculative fiction as well. To kick off this new column, I asked: What was your very first speculative fiction fandom and how did…

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