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My Favorite Things: Evil Clowns, Immortal Goblins, Exceptionally Adorable Artwork, and Sense8 Returns!

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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 bring you the second season of one of our favorite speculative shows, a trailer for a thrilling new horror…

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The Ballad of Black Tom: Brief but Powerful

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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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Roundtable: Hollywood, Do This Instead!

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We already know that Hollywood buys up far more properties than it can possibly adapt for the big and small screen. Sometimes, those properties are adapted to great success, and other times, fans wish that Hollywood had never heard of their favorite property. Last month, the contributors of Speculative Chic told Hollywood what to leave alone, so it made perfect…

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My Favorite Things: Superior Spin-offs, Alternative History, and Word Games

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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 a surprisingly excellent spin-off to a beloved TV show, a platformer perfect for fans of puzzles, and…

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All the Birds in the Sky Charms: A Review

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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

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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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My Favorite Things: Non-Speculative Edition

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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:…

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

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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…

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The Mercy Journals Disappoint: A Review

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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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