Author Archives : Lisa P

A Take on African Steampunk: A Review of Everfair by Nisi Shawl

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Everfair (2016) Written by: Nisi Shawl Pages: 383 (Hardcover) Publisher: Tor Books Why I Chose It: This novel has caught my eye since it was released because of the alternate history premise (outside of speculative fiction, I’m a huge fan of historical fiction) and the African setting. Also, the cover is gorgeous. The premise: An alternate history/historical fantasy/steampunk novel set…

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The Nebula-Quest of Lisa P: A Review of The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson

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The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe (2016) Written by: Kij Johnson Pages: 169 (Paperback) Publisher: Why I Chose It: There’s a couple reasons. First, I’ve always wanted to read something by Kij Johnson. Second, the title along with the great illustrated cover intrigued me. The premise: Professor Vellitt Boe teaches at the prestigious Ulthar Women’s College. When one of her…

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Hwarhath Stories: (Not So) Transgressive Tales by Aliens: A Review

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Hwarhath Stories: Transgressive Tales by Aliens (2016) Written by: Eleanor Arnason Pages: 392 (Kindle) Publisher: Aqueduct Press Why I Chose It: I actually haven’t heard of this author or her stories before seeing that this book was nominated for the Philip K. Dick award. The title intrigued me and it’s been a while since I’ve read an anthology, so I…

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Roadtrip! A review of Final Fantasy XV

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Final Fantasy XV (2016) Developer: Square Enix Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy Platform: PS4 Type: RPG Why I Chose It: I am a longtime Final Fantasy fan and with this new release for the PS4 also being one of the only JRPGs (Japanese Role Playing Games) available to us in North America, picking this up was a no-brainer. The premise: Get ready…

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Law & Order Meets Cyberpunk: A Review of After Atlas by Emma Newman

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After Atlas (2016) Written by: Emma Newman Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 365 (Paperback) Publisher: ROC Why I Chose It: I read Planetfall earlier this year and upon finishing it I immediately pre-ordered After Atlas. They are set in the same universe but are standalone novels. The premise: Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating universe she created in Planetfall…

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Up Up and Away: A Review of Updraft by Fran Wilde

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Let me begin by saying this is my first solo post as a contributor for Speculative Chic! I was surprised and happy when the Editor-in-Chic reached out to me, as this blog has everything I really want in a site: SF/F/H, reviews, and a great group of women (and some familiar faces)! Without further ado, here’s a review of Updraft…

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