First, Become Ashes — Did Not Rise to the Occassion

K.M. Szpara has such a deep relationship with his characters, and it shows wonderfully through his writing. Last year I read Docile, and came away from it a big fan. It very much put Szpara on my radar, and I looked forward to more of his work. There was just a strong sense of how…

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon – A Thrilling Orbit

Earlier this year, I reviewed volume one of Descender, the opening installment of Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s sci-fi comic book spacefaring romp...and I loved it. Now, I’m picking up where I left off and diving into Descender: Volume 2: Machine Moon.  Tin Stars ended with a reveal that seismically changed the trajectory of the…

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The Lights Of Prague – Darkness Kept At Bay

It’s only May, but I’ve been in a spOoOky mood. Lucky for me, The Lights of Prague makes its debut at the most perfect time to pander to my weird spring vibes. Nicole Jarvis promised me monsters, ghosts, and magic - and this book definitely delivers. I was eager to get lost in the dark…

Ariadne – Greekin’ Out

Ariadne flips the legend of Theseus, minotaur-slayer, on its head, focusing instead on the titular Ariadne and her sister, Phaedra. But is this particular odyssey into the well-trodden realm of Greek myth retellings worth the trials ahead? Time to trade in our Dark Horse picks for Dark Pegasus picks and find out, because Jennifer Saint’s…

We Are Satellites – An Object in Motion, Stays in Motion

One of my favorite books from 2019 was Sarah Pinsker’s debut novel, A Song for a New Day. She so perfectly captured the search for hope within a fairly boring and mundane dystopia. When I read the description for her new book, I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. While it certainly…

The Shadow Of The Gods – Immortal Combat

The Shadow of the Gods is the first installment in a brand new series by John Gwynne, an author I have read consistently for the last few years. This time he takes on Norse mythology and incorporates it into a new epic fantasy trilogy called The Bloodsworn Saga. I watched the new Mortal Kombat movie…

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QTL Showdown – Libraries vs. Bookstores

Stark vs. Lannister. The Avengers vs. Thanos. Millennials vs. Crippling Anxiety. These are the biggest bouts of our time, waged on the silver screen, HBO Max, and in drab cubicles around the world. And today, The Quill To Live adds another revolutionary battle to the list: Libraries vs. Bookstores. Where do you fall? Do you…