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Roundtable: Our Scary Stories


Ah, it’s that time of year. The air is turning crisper. The leaves are changing. The dark is creeping upon the light a bit sooner with each passing day. Fall is here. Halloween is right around the corner. Here at Speculative Chic, you may have notice a theme: we’ve been digging into the scary side of things and talking about…

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Enchanted Russian Fairy Tale: A Review of The Bear and The Nightingale


The Bear and the Nightingale (2017) Written by: Katherine Arden Genre: Fiction Pages: 312 (Hardback) Series: Winternight Trilogy Book #1 Publisher: Del Rey Why I Chose It: The title and cover of The Bear and the Nightingale did not immediately grab my attention. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up if I wasn’t browsing outside my comfort zone for books…

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Roundtable: Out of Spite


You know that speculative fiction thing that everyone seems to love but you haven’t read/watched/played yet? No, not your blind spot. This isn’t something you’re embarrassed about, nor is it something you plan on rectifying anytime soon. In fact, when your friends or family find out you haven’t read/watched/played this thing, you’re more than happy to explain why, in gleeful…

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Sleeping Giants Awaken: A Review


Sleeping Giants (2016) Written by: Sylvain Neuvel Genre: Science Fiction Pages: 336 (Hardback) Series: Themis Files #1 Publisher: Del Rey Why I Chose It: When I first read the premise of this book, it sounded like something I would not like. I was halfway to “No, thank you,” when I read “giant metal hand.” Then I read several reviews from…

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The Weird Dream of China Miéville’s This Census-Taker


This Census-Taker (2016) Written by: China Miéville Genre: Speculative Fiction Pages: 206 (Hardback) Publisher: Del Rey Why I Chose It: Although I have heard of China Miéville’s most famous work, Perdido Street Station, I have never read any of his books before. I have been trying to expand my horizons and read more novellas, so when I learned that This Census-Taker…

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My Favorite Things: Lying Cat, The King of Wakanda, Kick-Ass Theme Songs, and Sweeping Epics


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 still all about Wonder Woman, and her awesome soundtrack, and we continue to be obsessed with the Black Panther…

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


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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