June was my birthday! I wound up reading a whole bunch of ARCs, a few new favorites, and even interviewed K.A. Doore to celebrate the release of the Chronicles of Ghadid finale, The Unconquered City.
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Rating: 5/5 stars
Genre: Adult Horror Novellas
Year Release: 2020
|Content warning for suicide ideation, blood consumption, gore, violence, manipulation
Genevieve Gornichec’s “A Sheep Among Wolves” performed by Erika Ishii
A college student looks for companionship and finds it in the unlikeliest of places. I really appreciate how Gornichec approached the recruitment strategy, and laid out a solid framework for that final reveal. The mental health aspect of it was also relatable, plus the general loneliness that comes with being in college. Very atmospheric.
Cassandra Khaw’s “Fine Print” performed by Neil Kaplan
Of the three, I think this one might have been the grossest. Khaw takes the approach of food insensitivities and the paperwork that goes into becoming a vampire. It also tackles individual interpretations of privilege that are both incisive and has you rooting for the antagonists in the best way. Sometimes the vampires are the good guys.
Caitlin Starling’s “Land of Milk and Honey” performed by Xe Sands
The setpiece of a verfiable blood farm was exquisite in this work. Leigh just wants to have an ethical source of vampire food, and nearly compromises the Masquerade in the process. If you’re looking for some sapphic pining, this novellas also has plenty of that to go around. The women are complex, and the attention to detail regarding animal husbandry is particularly good.
A must-listen for people needing more vampire stories in their life.
I read most of May’s TBR. Check out this month’s reading list, trying to crunch through my ARCs and things that are in progress according to Goodreads. Things with a * are from last month’s TBR.
- Bent Heavens by Daniel Kraus*
- The Deep by Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
- The Never-Tilting World by Rin Chupeco*
- Scapegracers by Hannah Abigail Clarke (ARC)*
- The Court of Miracles by Kester Grant (ARC)*
- Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1) by R.J. Theodore*
- The Glass Magician by Caroline Stevermer (ARC)*
- Harrow the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (ARC)*
- Ring Shout by P. Djeli Clark (ARC)
- Seasons of the Storm by Elle Cosimano (ARC)
- Steering the Craft: A Twenty-First-Century Guide to Sailing the Sea of Story by Ursula K. Le Guin*
A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown (ARC)
- Highfire by Eoin Colfer*
- The Name of All Things (A Chorus of Dragons #2) by Jenn Lyons
- Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall*
- The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James
Walk Among Us by Genevieve Gornichec, Cassandra Khaw, Caitlin Starling
White Tears by Hari Kunzru
In terms of other reads, I have a novel and a short story to beta read. My own work will continue marinating in the back of my head as I prepare for the rewrite.