Show review: My roommate is a detective

My Roommate is a Detective (民国奇探; Min Guo Qi Tan) is a Chinese detective show that takes place in the 1920s in Shanghai and follows Lu Yao (portrayed by Hu Yitian), a Cambridge math and medical science graduate, as he becomes the most famous detective in town and makes enemies of influential people who will … Continue reading Show review: My roommate is a detective

ARC review: The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

I was sent this book as an advance listening copy via libro.fm for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. TJ Klune's YA debut, The Extraordinaries, is a queer coming-of-age story about a fanboy with ADHD and the heroes he loves. Nick Bell? Not extraordinary. But being the … Continue reading ARC review: The Extraordinaries by T.J. Klune

ARC review: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. “Fantastic, defiant, utterly brilliant.” —Ken Liu Zen Cho returns with a found family wuxia fantasy that combines the vibrancy of old school martial arts movies with characters drawn from the margins of … Continue reading ARC review: The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water by Zen Cho

ARC Review: The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall // a f/nonbinary pirate fantasy, then why am I disappointed?

I was sent this book as an advance copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. A desperate orphan turned pirate and a rebellious imperial daughter find a connection on the high seas in a world divided by colonialism and threaded with magic. Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora … Continue reading ARC Review: The Mermaid, the Witch and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall // a f/nonbinary pirate fantasy, then why am I disappointed?

One-paragraph ARC reviews: Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry + All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

Today I come to you with very short reviews, even shorter than my usual mini-reviews. Sometimes you just don't have enough feelings about a book to really be able to write more than a few things, and sometimes books are delicate things, like memoirs that are not about any part of you and you don't … Continue reading One-paragraph ARC reviews: Tigers, Not Daughters by Samantha Mabry + All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

ARC Review: Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang // literary fiction in a sci-fi trenchcoat

I was sent this book as an advance listening copy via libro.fm for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. A century after the Martian war of independence, a group of kids are sent to Earth as delegates from Mars, but when they return home, they are caught between the two worlds, unable to … Continue reading ARC Review: Vagabonds by Hao Jingfang // literary fiction in a sci-fi trenchcoat

More queer Asian shows recommendations because that’s all I’m doing lately (featuring sapphic complexities, polyam relationships and tender feelings)

A little while ago I posted my reviews of the first two Thai shows I've ever watched. I've watched a few more queer shows since then (thanks, lockdown) and while I might write full reviews for a couple of them later on, here I will try to be a little more brief and give you … Continue reading More queer Asian shows recommendations because that’s all I’m doing lately (featuring sapphic complexities, polyam relationships and tender feelings)

Mini reviews: two non-fiction audiobooks // linguistics and climate change

What do linguistics and climate change have to do with each other? Well, nothing, but these were two reviews I had ready that could be easily grouped together! I don't read a lot of nonfiction, but sometimes I get ARCs from libro.fm and the topics are interesting enough that I start listening. Sometimes the books … Continue reading Mini reviews: two non-fiction audiobooks // linguistics and climate change

ARC Review: In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado // a haunting memoir of abuse in queer relationships

I was sent this book as an advance listening copy via libro.fm for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own. For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness … Continue reading ARC Review: In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado // a haunting memoir of abuse in queer relationships