If you like apocalyptic fiction with a feminist style, with teacher-characters and supernatural elements, I would recommend this one, despite some anti-fat bias.
Tag Archives: fantasy
The Ten Thousand Doors of January
I was completely enthralled by The Ten Thousand Doors of January (2019) by Alix E. Harrow from very nearly the first page. Set in the late 1800s, January is a teenager cared for by a guardian, Mr. Locke, because her father is always traveling on expeditions for him. His house is filled with wondrous thingsContinue reading “The Ten Thousand Doors of January”
The Once and Future Witches
I absolutely loved The Once and Future Witches (2020) by Alix E. Harrow! From very near the first page, I was enthralled, I marked my first quote on page 12. (Marking a quote early on is usually a very good sign.) Juniper, Agnes, and Bella are three sisters separated for many years, but they nowContinue reading “The Once and Future Witches”
I don’t know why it has taken me so long to read Neil Gaiman, but American Gods (2001) made me want to methodically read each and every book he has written. (And I have very little time, in general, for white male authors, so this statement is meaningful for me.) Gaiman has described it asContinue reading “American Gods”
Fevered Star (2022) by Rebecca Roanhorse, is the sequel to Black Sun (which was one of the first reviews on this blog and a 2021 Hugo, Nebula, and Lambda Finalist!) and second book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy. I was anxiously awaiting its release so I could find out what happened after Serapio,Continue reading “Fevered Star”
A Dark and Starless Forest
In A Dark and Starless Forest (2021), Sarah Hollowell has written a rare gift–a fat-positive YA fantasy that has something for everyone, except perhaps for cis white middle-aged men. It’s written from Derry’s perspective–she is a fat, white teenager, one of nine multiracial siblings in an adoptive family headed by Frank, their guardian, Each ofContinue reading “A Dark and Starless Forest”
The City We Became
The City We Became by 3-time Hugo Award-winning N.K. Jemisin (2020) is like nothing I’ve read before. A black, gay, young adult, homeless street artist, creates “breathing holes” with spray paint for the City to exhale. He meets Paolo, who keeps talking to him in what he thinks are metaphors, how he needs to “listen”Continue reading “The City We Became”
Storm of Locusts
For pulse-pounding Native American fantasy with no anti-fat bias, look no further than Rebecca Roanhorse, starting with Trail of Lightning and continuing into Storm of Locusts.
Black Sun is thrilling epic fantasy featuring many queer characters in a fantasy world inspired by the mythology of pre-Columbian Americas. And it’s weight-neutral!