Author Archives: Amal El-Mohtar

Rich and Strange: “Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy” by Saladin Ahmed

This week at Tor.com I review Saladin Ahmed’s wonderful subversion of long-standing racism in Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene. “Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy” has a straightforward structure: using quotes from the Faerie Queene as a frame, it takes up … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “Stalemate” by Rose Lemberg and “Bonsaiships of Venus” by Kate Heartfield

This week’s column is up at Tor.com! A new issue of Lackington’s magazine, edited by Ranylt Richildis, went up this week, book-ended by two searingly beautiful meditations on the relationship between aesthetics and utility. This week on Rich and Strange, … Continue reading

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Goblin Fruit: SUMMER IS DEAD

A new issue of Goblin Fruit has landed! It contains poems by Lindsey Walker, Steffi Lang, Shweta Narayan, Lynette Mejía, Sara Norja, Lizzy Huitson, Mari Ness, Andrea Lam, Helen Marshall, CSE Cooney, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Canese Jarboe, and Neile Graham, as … Continue reading

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NPR Books Review: A Woman Without a Country

My review of Eavan Boland’s new poetry collection, A Woman Without A Country, is up at NPR Books. It’s wonderful. Here’s some of what I have to say about it: A Woman Without a Country is a collection in four … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “If You Were a Tiger, I’d Have to Wear White” by Maria Dahvana Headley

This week’s instalment of Rich and Strange is up at Tor.com! Here’s a taste: This story is pitch-perfect where tone, voice, and setting are concerned; reading it I felt awash in the kind of California sunlight that feels grim and … Continue reading

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Linkstravaganza: Uncanny Issue #1 and the BUTT Panel

A bouquet of links for you today! First, Uncanny Magazine has launched its inaugural issue! It’s bursting at the seams with fantastic content: Featuring new fiction by Maria Dahvana Headley, Kat Howard, Max Gladstone, Amelia Beamer, Ken Liu, and Christopher Barzak, classic … Continue reading

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NPR Reviews: Heap House, The Accidental Highwayman

Here are a couple of books I’ve recently enjoyed and reviewed for NPR Books: The Accidental Highwayman, by Ben Tripp. Kit Bristol, a former circus performer, is the only servant employed by James Rattle, charged with supplying his dissolute gambling … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange on Tor.com

It’s done! Today saw Rich and Strange move over to Tor.com, where it will run weekly on Wednesday mornings (this week being an exception due to first-time scheduling). I’m excited and a little nervous about this; I do hope it … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “The Scrimshaw and the Scream,” by Kate Hall

This week on Rich and Strange, an announcement: beginning next week, this column will be running on Tor.com instead of here on my blog, though I’ll make sure to post notifications here. Thank you so much to everyone who’s donated and supported me up … Continue reading

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Rich and Strange: “Santos de Sampaguitas” by Alyssa Wong, Part 2

Last week I reviewed Part 1 of this story; this week I’m reviewing Part 2, as well as reflecting on the story as a whole. Briefly: it made me gasp and cry in that mixture of shocked, satisfied pain that … Continue reading

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