Browsing Category : Books

Welcome to the ARC

By | 0 Comments

No, we’re not getting on a giant boat with a lot of animals — that’s an ark. ARC stands for Advance Reading Copy. Or Advance Review Copy. Or Advanced Reader’s Copy. Or you might see ARE for Advance Reader’s Edition. The point is that a book that is labeled as such is an early copy that hasn’t yet hit the…

Read More »

Paradise In Strange Places: Susan diRende’s Unpronounceable

By | 5 Comments

Who hasn’t daydreamed about running away from reality?  What if you were given the chance to visit a newly discovered alien planet?  Susan diRende’s Unpronounceable offers just such a taste of this delicious daydream. Unpronounceable (2016) Written by: Susan diRende Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 116 (Kindle) Publisher: Aqueduct Press Why I Chose It: When we here at Spec Chic decided…

Read More »

My Favorite Things: Non-Speculative Edition

By | 10 Comments

Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we (usually) gab about the greatest in geek. But with April Fools having recently passed, we thought we’d shake things up a little. No pranks! We promise. Instead, we thought that we’d share a little more about us. Because here at Speculative Chic, the focus is always on the speculative:…

Read More »

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

By | 7 Comments

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…

Read More »

Chain Reaction: Three Madcap Time-Travel Adventures

By | 4 Comments

Who doesn’t love a good time-traveling adventure? Although more serious time-travel stories — 12 Monkeys [the film], Ray Bradbury’s classic short story “A Sound of Thunder” (1952), the TV series Continuum (discussed in a prior post) or the film Primer — can break your brain (especially Primer!), time travel has enchanted audiences since H.G. Wells published The Time Machine in the…

Read More »

My Favorite Things: Nerd Fashion, Scene Stealing Mutants, Magical Scavenger Hunts, and Strong Speculative Shows

By | 6 Comments

They might not be raindrops on roses or whiskers on kittens, but that doesn’t mean that we love them any less. Welcome back to My Favorite Things, a weekly column where we gab about the greatest in geek. This week, we’re all about fairy tale-inspired fashion, the latest season of a seriously good sci-fi show, a scene stealing mutant from…

Read More »

The Mercy Journals Disappoint: A Review

By | 6 Comments

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…

Read More »

Shaking up the Genre: A Review of Mishell Baker’s Borderline

By | 1 Comment

Borderline (2016) Written by: Mishell Baker Genre: Urban Fantasy Pages: 400 (Hardcover) Publisher: Saga Press Why I Chose It: We’re reading the Nebula Awards here at Speculative Chic! Out of the nominees for best novel that I had not already read, Borderline is the one that intrigued me the most. The premise: A year ago, Millie lost her legs and her filmmaking…

Read More »

Never Falter, Never Fear: Ellen Klages’s Passing Strange

By | 2 Comments

Historical fiction is almost always fascinating to me. If that fiction also happens to have a touch of magic to it, even better. That’s exactly what I got when I decided to pick up Ellen Klages’ Passing Strange. Passing Strange (2017) Written by: Ellen Klages Genre: Historical Fantasy Pages: 215 (Trade paperback) Publisher: Tor.com/Tom Doherty Associates Why I chose it: …

Read More »

Too Close for Comfort: Margaret Atwood and The Handmaid’s Tale

By | 7 Comments

This Month on Changing the Map Last year’s announcement that Hulu was remaking Margaret Atwood’s chilling tale of religious fundamentalism and female oppression couldn’t have been more timely. Her imagining of a takeover of the government and its impact on one powerless woman affected readers deeply when it was first published in 1986. Worryingly, elements of Atwood’s fantastical story are…

Read More »