2020 has been a hellish year for so many reasons, but one of the few bright spots has been the mass of absolutely incredible fiction that managed to get published. Usually I’m able to read a good chunk of new books, particularly young-adult speculative fiction, but what with – waves hands dramatically – everything, my reading this year took a sharp left into romance fiction. It’s become my main reading ...Read MoreRead more
Black Sun, Rebecca Roanhorse (Saga 978-1-534-43767-8, $27.99, 464pp, hc) October 2020. Cover by John Picacio.
“Today he would become a god. His mother had told him so.” Rebecca Roanhorse kicks off her latest novel, Black Sun, with an opening line that hits hard, then rolls into one of the best first chapters I’ve read in a very long time. After I finished it, I had to set the ...Read MoreRead more
ALEXANDRIA BROWN is a queer Black librarian, local historian, writer, and author of two books on the history Napa County, California’s marginalized communities. She has a BA with honors in anthropology and sociology, a Master of Science in Library and Information Science, and a Master’s in US history. She writes about speculative fiction and young-adult literature for Tor.com and Locus magazine, as well as on her blog. Diversity, equity, inclusion, ...Read MoreRead more