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Stitch Talks Ish Episode 5 – Returning to the Anitaverse

On Buzzsprout/On Spotify Did you check out last month’s look back at my year-long project on Korean pop and hip hop? Here’s a screenshot of Hamilton’s tweet about diversity My piece: “Too White Bread for This Shit: Race and Racism … Continue reading

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[Letters To The Author] Dear Laurell K Hamilton

Dear Laurell K Hamilton

I’m sure that you’re as sick of me as I am of your writing. Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: Bitchin’ Witches (And Wizards)

I grew up reading Harry Potter in the Virgin Islands.  I think Rowling’s work was the first “witchcraft and wizardry” book I read as a child. Despite all of Rowling’s many (many) faults, that book series that’s now viewed as … Continue reading

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Bloodbath (Harietta Lee #2) by Stephanie Ahn

I spent a lot of time reading Bloodbath (Harrietta Lee #2) and wondering how on earth Harry manages to make it from one day to the next. To be fair, I’m pretty sure that she has no idea how she’s … Continue reading

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Sporking For A Good Cause: Laurell K. Hamilton’s Shutdown (Anita Blake 22.5)

First things first here is a list of charities that you can (and should) donate to in order to help people directly affected by the government shutdown here in the US. Many of these people aren’t going to get paid … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: Definitive-Ish

First of all, what exactly does the “urban” in urban fantasy mean? Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: A Quick Guide to Dastardly Demons

Demons are another urban fantasy and paranormal romance staple and, like the vampires and shifters I’ve written about before, they encompass a wide range of various supernatural species across different cultures. A demon in one urban fantasy or paranormal romance … Continue reading

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[Review] Shadow’s Bane (Dorina Basarab #4) by Karen Chance

Shadow’s Bane isn’t just great because Dory gets to punch poozers, but it also rocks because we’re seeing her get even further fleshed out as a character as she tries to balance her needs and her fears. Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: Vamping Out

Vampires, in a Nutshell If you’re familiar with my Urban Fantasy 101 series, you probably know that I’ve written about the way the genre thinks and writes about vampires on the regular. I’ve shot down the idea that there’s some … Continue reading

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Fleeting Frustrations #1: Heteronormativity in Urban Fantasy Revisited

Content warnings for cis- and hetero- centric worldbuilding. Back in June 2016, I wrote a whole Urban Fantasy 101 piece on the heteronormativity present in much of the genre (and I am including contemporary paranormal romance in this wide umbrella). … Continue reading

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[Review] Brooklyn Ray’s Darkling (Port Lewis Witches #1)

Note: I won an ebook copy of this novella from the author themselves in a giveaway last week. That has no influence on my enjoyment of the book and all opinions herein are my own. Darkling, the first novella in … Continue reading

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#IKnowWhatIReadLastSummer

Howdy folks and friends! For the next couple of weeks, expect to see a lot more reviews of urban fantasy novels or series (with the occasional paranormal romance thrown in because that’s how I roll). Following my graduation, I had … Continue reading

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Too White Bread for This Shit: Race and Racism in Laurell K Hamilton’s Urban Fantasy Series

“I’m so white-bread, if you cut me I’d bleed bleached flour! I have no ethnicity to me, and I’ve always wanted some.” – Laurell K. Hamilton in an interview excerpted from Locus Magazine. I’ve been reading Laurell K. Hamilton’s urban … Continue reading

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Urban Fantasy 101: A Quick Guide to Shifter Romances

This is a new aspect to my Urban Fantasy 101 blog series that I hope y’all find useful! I read a lot of urban fantasy and paranormal romance and I wanted to make little primers for tropes, sub-genres, and whatnot … Continue reading

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[Stitch Elsewhere] “Bright” Review @ Strange Horizons

Bright’s entire premise is weak and so’s its reliance on an allegory for racism that fuels its major plot points. In Los Angeles, Orcs are at the bottom of the metaphorical food chain, with many members of the species ostracized … Continue reading

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