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Book Review — Inside/Out by Joseph Osmundson

Inside/Out by Joseph Osmundson — $17 My experience of being queer is relatively mundane as far as these things go. Sure, I had the isolation of being one of the only queer people in my small Midwestern town growing up, and sure … Continue reading

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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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