Author Archives : Lane Robins

Mining Hope: A Review of The Dragon’s Playlist


The Dragon’s Playlist (2017) Written by: Laura Bickle Genre: YA Fantasy Pages: 219 (Kindle) Publisher: Pronoun Why I Chose It: 100% truthfully? It was free. I’ve been enjoying Bickle’s Petra Dee books, but I wasn’t so sure about this one. Part of it is that after 30 plus years of fantasy reading, I have dragon fatigue. But in the end,…

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Monstrously Entertaining: A Review of The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter


The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter (2017) Written by: Theodora Goss Genre: Fantasy Pages: 416 (Kindle) Publisher: Saga Press Why I Chose It: The premise was appealing. A mash-up of pulp fiction’s literary monsters and their daughters? Mary Jekyll, Diana Hyde, Beatrice Rappaccini, Justine Frankenstein, and Catherine Moreau? Solving crime alongside Sherlock Holmes? Yeah, sign me up. That it…

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Silver Screen Resolution: Moana


This year, I resolved to see twelve new-to-me spec fic movies in a no-doubt vain attempt at catching up with popular culture. One movie per month, the results of watching said movie discussed at the beginning of the next month. So I made myself some rules: It must be spec-fic. For review here on Spec-Chic and for myself. I just…

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Resolution 2017: The Silver Screen


My resolution this year probably made a whole lot of people shake their head in despair.  She’s resolved to do what?  See twelve spec fic movies? I admit it sounds ridiculously easy, but for someone who’s averaged maybe three movies a year for the last oh say, twenty….  You can see that I’ve got some new habits to form. So…

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