With thanks to NetGalley who gave me a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. These stories, originally published in Yiddish, are snapshots of a particular life: Eastern European Jews in the early years of the 20th century. Most take place in a shtetel in Skala, in what’s now Ukraine. … Continue reading Another not-very-savage review: From the Jewish Provinces by Fradl Shtok
We don't always have to be savage. Seriously. Seriously. With thanks to NetGalley for giving me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is a series of short #ownvoices pieces about autism, faith and life. Like Bowman, I am autistic. We are both creative types. We were both … Continue reading A non-savage review of On the Spectrum: Autism, Faith and the Gifts of Neurodiversity by Daniel Bowman Jr
Where have I been? I have been in the Land of Not Braining Good. Which is unfortunately not where the words live. So there have not been so many of them. I hope to return properly soon, but in the meantime I haven't done a savage review for a while, so here's one for The … Continue reading Savage Review: The House in the Cerulean Sea by T. J. Clune
So let’s talk about blindness and books. This was actually just going to be another savage review but I thought I’d first write a bit about how NOT to include blindness, or disability generally, in a book. It all comes back to something that happened a few months ago, in a group for beta readers … Continue reading Blindness, writing, and a not very savage review of It’s Not What It Looks Like by Molly Burke
I’m coming to the conclusion that I don’t have time for wholeass novels that don’t pass the Bechdel test. I get that you might have a harder time making it happen if you’re writing a first person narrative with a male narrator, but… no, actually that’s not an excuse. Have a scene in which the … Continue reading Savage reviews: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
Make yourself a cup of tea, buddos. This is going to be a long one. My last post examined the "not your story" issue from the position of having white privilege. Now I’m going to look at it from the position of someone who is marginalised. This isn’t going to be about male SFF writers … Continue reading Eleanor Oliphant’s story, and why it doesn’t belong to the author who wrote it.
When I started writing stuff on the “not your story to tell” topic, it kept pulling into two halves and I was trying to work out why. It should have been obvious really. I’m white, I’m middle class, I’m educated. I’m also queer and autistic with longstanding health issues. Inevitably I am approaching this topic … Continue reading That’s not your story to tell. This is, however, your blog post to read.
We're back to the Savage Reviews Channel, and your usual savage host appears to have been replaced by someone less savage because I do not have nearly enough bad things to say about these books. Today on the agenda: The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker Space Unicorn … Continue reading Surprisingly unsavage reviews: The October Man; The Silence of the Girls; Space Unicorn Blues
You're once again tuned in to the Savage Reviews Channel. I am your host, Cantatrice McSavage. Up on today’s agenda: The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud Circe by Madeline Miller. All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders The first two reviews are spoiler-free. The third one isn't. The Amulet of … Continue reading Savage Reviews: The Amulet of Samarkand; Circe; All The Birds In The Sky
WordPress has a mind of its own when it comes to formatting. I have gone over this post at least four times trying to make the formatting consistent and it's not working so I'm publishing before I have to smash something. Onward! I'm a pretty savage reviewer. I am not easy to please. I am … Continue reading Savage Reviews: Strange Practice and The Poppy War