Tag Archives : fantasy

Resolution Project: The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison


The Goblin Emperor (2014) Written by: Katherine Addison Genre: Fantasy Pages: 448 (Hardcover) Publisher: Tor Books Why I Chose It: Here’s what I said back in January 2017: I’m going to read The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison. I picked it up at World Fantasy in 2016 because it sounded so good, was nominated for every award, and she was there in the…

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Speculative Chic Book Club: The Night Circus


Welcome to the Speculative Chic Book Club! Each month, we invite you to join us in reading a book that is voted on by YOU, our readers. We’re still experimenting with the format, so this month we’re just doing a review followed by your discussion in the comments! The Night Circus (2011) Written by: Erin Morgenstern Pages: 401 (Kindle) Publisher:…

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A New View of an Old Favorite: A Review of Tortall: A Spy’s Guide


Tortall: A Spy’s Guide (2017) Written By: Tamora Pierce Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Pages: 320 pages (Hardcover) Series: Tortall Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers Why I Chose It: Anything by Tamora Pierce is an instabuy for me. I even dragged my husband and child to the bookstore at dinner time because two-day shipping wasn’t quick enough. The Premise:…

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An Extraordinary Hero: A Review of In Other Lands


In Other Lands (2017) Written by: Sarah Rees Brennan Genre: YA Fantasy Pages: 441 (Hardcover) Publisher: Small Beer Press Why I Chose It: It’s Sarah Rees Brennan and I’m a fan of her writing, though not of all of her books. My understanding from her blog is that this was a book she wrote and posted on the internet as…

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Top 10 Spec Fic Actresses For Whom I’m Most Grateful


In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve compiled a list of the speculative fiction actresses for whom I’m most grateful, which means I’m pulling from some of my favorite speculative fiction movies, tv shows, and video games for the most talented actresses. So I guess you could say this is also a list of my favorite things, making it double the fun. Really,…

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Silver Screen Resolution: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them


This year, I’ve 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. I made myself some rules. It must be spec-fic. For review here on Spec-Chic and for myself. I just prefer…

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Cover Chic: Breaking with Stereotypes


When someone mentions fantasy book covers, inevitably a stereotypical image pops up. One of knights standing near dragons, perhaps a chain-mail bra-clad woman with him. Or at least, that’s what used to be the norm. As today’s standards of what’s “cool” and socially acceptable continue to shift, so do the covers of speculative fiction books. Fantasy, science fiction, and horror…

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