Author: Andrea Smith

The Book of Joan

The Book of Joan Lidia Yuknavitch HarperCollins April 18, 2017 A review copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Better, more eloquent people than me have reviewed Lidia Yuknavitch’s latest novel, The Book of Joan. It’s been covered by Publishers Weekly, NPR, and the New York Times. For just about any author you can think of, that’s a big deal; but with two critically acclaimed novels under her belt, besides Joan, in addition to a slew of short fiction and an award-winning memoir, the shock of being noticed could be wearing off for Ms....

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Dragon Awards Reviews: Fantasy Worlds

Having covered games and three of the novel categories, WWAC continues analysing the winners of the inaugural Dragon Awards. Join Doris V. Sutherland, Andrea Smith, and guest contributor Jennie Rigg as they review the winners of the Best Science Fiction Novel, Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel, Best Fantasy Novel, and Best Alternate History Novel categories. Best Science Fiction Novel Somewhither: A Tale of the Unwithering Realm by John C. Wright Reviewed by Doris V. Sutherland Ilya, a teenage boy who never quite fit in, finds out that his adoptive father belongs to a secret Catholic organisation that protects Earth from dangers posed by other...

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My First Game: Alone in the Dark (1992)

I was into video games before it was cool. In 1994, I was six years old, and my favourite pastime was watching my babysitter, a teenage boy named Mark, play games on our home PC. It was a huge, white, clunky thing that ran Windows 3.1 and was mostly purchased so my dad could play Solitaire. Before I could do long division, I was better at navigating DOS than most adults, and my favourite command was C:\>run ALONE.exe. Our house had a lot of really large windows, so to keep the glare out and make sure things were as...

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YA Trope Crushing: A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe

A Mortal Song Megan Crewe Another World Press September 2016 If you’re even slightly familiar with young adult novels, you know that one of the more popular tropes found is “The Hero is The Chosen One.” With A Mortal Song, Megan Crewe flips this trope on its head and dropkicks it. It doesn’t start out that way. At first, this book seems like your standard YA novel—even a bit more obnoxious. I love YA, and tropes don’t bother me when they’re handled well, but A Mortal Song begins with Sora, princess of the kami spirit people and heir to...

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Gender Fluidity in Fiction: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Symptoms of Being Human Jeff Garvin Balzer & Bray February 2016 Jeff Garvin’s debut novel Symptoms of Being Human is a contemporary young adult novel starring Riley Cavanaugh, the only child of a prominent California congressman. The story opens on the morning of Riley’s first day at a new school, detailing the process of eating breakfast, chatting with the parents, and getting dressed. This would be an entirely lackluster start to a novel if it weren’t for one very important detail—Riley is gender fluid. For those of you not in the know, gender fluid is a non-binary gender identity....

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