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NPR Review: THE PEARL THIEF by Elizabeth Wein

My review of Elizabeth Wein’s The Pearl Thief — a prequel to her 2012 novel Code Name Verity — is up at NPR Books! I can’t remember who first told me about this on Twitter (was it you, Emily Wagner? I think … Continue reading

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Lightspeed Reprint + Uncanny Podcast Reading

It’s a new month, and with it come new issues of Lightspeed and Uncanny magazines! Lightspeed has reprinted a short story of mine called “Weialalaleia,” about airborne grief-eating leeches, which first appeared in Ann VanderMeer’s Bestiary anthology. It’ll be online on the 23rd, … Continue reading

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Comprehensive ExBAM

Happy May Day! Today I sat my comprehensive exam. I sat at a laptop with no internet access and wrote 4064 words in four hours expounding most of what I know about Romanticism. There are two parts: written and oral. You … Continue reading

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Max and Amal Go to the Movies: THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS

Behold! The second instalment of Max and my column for Uncanny is here! Read our thoughts on The Girl With All the Gifts by way of Twists, Buddhism, Decolonialism and Ecopocalypse. Also extreme sillyness. In other news — literally — I sent out my … Continue reading

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Off Social Media Until May 9! Again!

Yes, again. So, let’s see how last month’s goals shaped up while I wasn’t on Twitter: continue to teach 2 courses read for comprehensive exams read for reviews get my house in order for April visitors write 3 chapters of … Continue reading

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NPR Reviews: Can Xue’s FRONTIER & Cherie Priest’s BRIMSTONE

My reviewing schedule has had to slow down a bit recently, what with comps reading and teaching, but here are a couple that have recently appeared on NPR. First, Can Xue’s Frontier, translated by Karen Gernant and Chen Zeping: Pebble Town is … Continue reading

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A Week with Max Gladstone in Ottawa

The above photo is from the joint reading Max and I did earlier this week from our novella (tentatively titled These Violent Delights). It accurately captures most of my experience of said week: scheming to put Max in situations where he gets … Continue reading

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Hugo if True

I write this while sitting on a couch next to Visiting Author Max Gladstone, who is also writing a post that will go live on April 4 at probably the same time as this one, on the same subject. Friends, we’re … Continue reading

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The Mysteries of Udolpho

What even is this book. 10 pages in: wandering the Pyrenees. 60 pages in: still wandering the Pyrenees. 100 pages in: DEATHS! still in the Pyrenees. 200 pages in: there are many orange trees in Italy and also cypresses. Also … Continue reading

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To Write My Way Out

If there’s one thing I’ve found difficult to explain, these last six years, it’s how much the news stops me. I read about the attack in London and reach for my loved ones and see the Arabic name that will … Continue reading

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