Author Archives : Kelly McCarty

Beyond Horrifying: A Review of The Deep


The Deep (2015) Written by: Nick Cutter Genre: Horror Pages: 394 (Hardback) Publisher: Gallery Books Why I Chose It: Someone posted a list of scary book suggestions for October that included Nick Cutter’s The Troop to the Speculative Chic Facebook group. Several of contributors had read his novels and the consensus was that his work is gross and extremely disturbing,…

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Enchanted Russian Fairy Tale: A Review of The Bear and The Nightingale


The Bear and the Nightingale (2017) Written by: Katherine Arden Genre: Fiction Pages: 312 (Hardback) Series: Winternight Trilogy Book #1 Publisher: Del Rey Why I Chose It: The title and cover of The Bear and the Nightingale did not immediately grab my attention. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I wasn’t browsing outside my comfort zone for books…

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Sleeping Giants Awaken: A Review


Sleeping Giants (2016) Written by: Sylvain Neuvel Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 336 (Hardback) Series: Themis Files #1 Publisher: Del Rey Why I Chose It: When I first read the premise of this book, it sounded like something I would not like. I was halfway to “No, thank you,” when I read “giant metal hand.” Then I read several reviews from…

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The Weird Dream of China Miéville’s This Census-Taker


This Census-Taker (2016) Written by: China Miéville Genre: Speculative Fiction Pages: 206 (Hardback) Publisher: Del Rey Why I Chose It: Although I have heard of China Miéville’s most famous work, Perdido Street Station, I have never read any of his books before. I have been trying to expand my horizons and read more novellas, so when I learned that This Census-Taker…

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The Ballad of Black Tom: Brief but Powerful


The Ballad of Black Tom (2016) Written by: Victor LaValle Genre: Dark Fantasy/Historical Fiction Pages: 149 (Paperback) Publisher: Tor.com/Tom Doherty Associates Why I Chose It: I’m not normally a novella reader. When I find characters and a universe that I like, I prefer sweeping epics with multiple, lengthy books, like George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series…

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All the Birds in the Sky Charms: A Review


All the Birds in the Sky (2016) Written by: Charlie Jane Anders Genre: Speculative Pages: 313 (Hardback) Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates Why I Chose It: Since the book is shelved in the fiction section, I know that I must have walked past it multiple times in my weekly Barnes & Noble wanderings. I don’t remember ever picking it up, because the…

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The Devil is in the Coincidence: Paul Tremblay’s Disappearance at Devil’s Rock


Disappearance at Devil’s Rock (2016) Written by: Paul Tremblay Genre: Horror Pages: 327 (Hardback) Publisher: William Morrow Why I Chose It: People have been recommending Paul Tremblay to me ever since his book, A Head Full of Ghosts, came out in 2015. The editor of Speculative Chic, Shara White, who is one of my go-to people for reading recommendations, told…

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The Mercy Journals Disappoint: A Review


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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Teenagers at the End of the World: A Review of Kristy Acevedo’s Consider


Consider (2016) Written by: Kristy Acevedo Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction Pages: 283 (Paperback) Series: Book One of The Holo Series Publisher: Jolly Fish Press Why I Chose It: When Speculative Chic put out the call for people willing to read and review the books nominated for the 2017 Philip K. Dick Award, I choose Kristy Acevedo’s Consider. I have…

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