Archive by Author

Retro Childhood Review: Fog Magic

28 Apr

“It’s the things you were born to that give you satisfaction in this world, Greta. Leastwise, that’s what I think. And maybe the fog’s one of them. Not happiness, mind! Satisfaction isn’t always happiness by a long sight; then again, it isn’t sorrow either. But the rocks and the spruces and the fogs or your own land are things that nourish you. You can always have them, no matter what else you find or what else you lose.”

Portal fantasy is a popular genre for middle children’s fiction, as evidenced by the fact that 3 out of my 4 Retro Childhood Reviews are about children finding their way to new worlds. In The Neverending Story, Bastian is escaping a grief-filled reality; in Firebrat, Molly is learning to appreciate her Grandmother; the reasons for traveling through portals are as varied as the stories themselves. But portal fantasy, at its core, allows a child reader to travel to new worlds along with the protagonists. Fog Magic, by Julia L. Sauer, a Newberry Honor Book, is an absolutely charming addition to the genre. Though this is not a book that captures my heart to the level of some of the others on my shelves, it is nonetheless one that I turn to from time to time, to escape to the simplicity of an earlier age. Continue reading

322. Babylon A.D. (2008) — A Torture Cinema “Adventure” w/ DongWon Song

27 Apr

Baby taxis, french insults, and white messiahs, oh my! This month, in the most french episode we’ve ever had, Alex, Julia, David, and special guest, DongWon Song, review the problem-plagued film, Babylon AD. We’re pretty sure that this episode of Torture Cinema contains more action than Michelle Yeoh gets in the entire movie. Seriously. Michelle fucking Yeoh.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below):

Episode 322 — Download (MP3)

Show Notes:
Continue reading

Signal Boost #2: Feliza Casano (GirlsinCapes.com) and Sarah Gailey (River of Teeth)

25 Apr

In today’s episode of Signal Boost, Feliza Casano, founder and editor of GirlsinCapes.com, joins Jen to discuss her website and how it explores gender, race, and sexuality in geek culture with articles on topics such as comics, tv & film, anime, and more. Then Sarah Gailey, Hugo and Campbell Award Finalist author of fiction and non-fiction, joins Trish to talk about her debut novella River of Teeth, an alternate history of an 1890s American South that has been overrun by feral hippos.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below): Continue reading

321. The Immigrant Experience in SFF w/ Sabrina Vourvoulias, Rose Lemberg, and Bogi Takács

20 Apr

Immigrating, changing priorities, and translating, oh my! Sabrina Vourvoulias, Rose Lemberg and Bogi Takács join Julia in this two-part discussion episode about their personal experiences as immigrants to the United States and how that experience has affected their writing. They also discuss the challenges that immigrants face in the publishing industry and speculative fiction community.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below): Continue reading

#57. Get Out (2017) w/ Faridah Gbadamosi and Andrew Hackley — A Shoot the WISB Subcast

17 Apr

White liberals, hypnotism, and.. Actually, that’s a huge spoiler so we probably shouldn’t say anything… Oh my! David, Trish, and Mike discuss Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking horror film, Get Out, with guests Faridah Gbadamosi and Andrew Hackley.  The team tackles everything from the horror influences on Get Out to how the movie masterfully tackles racial anxiety.

We hope you enjoy the episode!

Note:  If you have iTunes and like this show, please give us a review on our iTunes page, or feel free to email us with your thoughts about the show!

Here’s the episode (show notes are below): Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: