Category Archives: Books

I can’t stand Call Me By Your Name

I hate André Aciman’s Call Me By Your Name. I try not to hate things. It’s so rare that I genuinely hate a book. It’s especially troubling in this case provided how many people whose opinions I value have enjoyed … Continue reading

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Reclaiming our buried gays in YA: Timekeeper & More Happy Than Not

In the past few months I have read two YA novels with vastly different takes on how they treat their gay male protagonists. Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not and Tara Sim’s Timekeeper. More Happy is a sci-fi lite novel … Continue reading

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Review – Harbinger Island by Dorian Dawes

Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) Harbinger Island is available on Amazon Kindle for $6.95. Recently I’ve felt that, as a critic, I have an obligation to approach critique differently when dealing with small-scale content. I know I should allow that … Continue reading

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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #21: Valjeanne Jeffers

Mona Livelong: Paranormal Detective by Valjeanne Jeffers Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) I think too often we expect our books to be extraordinary. We expect them to play with genre in unexpected ways, to subvert our expectations of language and … Continue reading

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Sumiko Saulson’s Black Women in Horror Writing #20: L. Marie Wood

Crescendo: Welcome Home, Death Awaits by L. Marie Wood Review by Bryan Cebulski (@BryanOnion) L. Marie Wood’s Crescendo: Welcome Home, Death Awaits is a “spiral into insanity” story. Its protagonist James is dealing with an ancestral curse, either paranormal affliction or … Continue reading

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Review – Human Acts by Han Kang

I have never understood the idea that structure could somehow supersede content in writing. The two can work in tandem (a la Pynchon) of course, but I just can’t get behind praising a work’s structure if it’s still otherwise weak. Han Kang’s Human Acts is far from a bad book, but it seems to me like something you can’t totally appreciate if you don’t appreciate structure above content. Continue reading

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No sugarcoating Laura Jane Grace’s memoir

Today’s upsurge in fictional and nonfictional transgender narratives represents the demographic in myriad ways. Some works are intelligent, some thoughtless. Some good, some troubled. Through both the good and the bad, there is a remarkable tendency to simplify what it … Continue reading

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