Tag: HISTORICAL FICTION

Review: Lovecraft Country, by Matt Ruff

The “real monster is racism” trope gets an energetic re-imagining in this pulpy occult historical

The title of Lovecraft Country is a bit misleading. H.P. Lovecraft’s troubling racism and its impact on horror and science-fiction fans, particularly African-Americans, does play a part in the narrative. However, it’s not the core of this novel. Rather, it’s the difficulties and dangers of being Black in America. These very real horrors permeate everyday life for the novel’s characters. With its 1950s setting, such a theme might sound obvious, but as we’re seeing with other historic evils, it’s still relevant. The story’s execution is brilliant with the end result a lively, fun and impactful read.


Review: The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency #3), by Y.S. Lee

The third book in the adventures of Victorian spy Mary Quinn amps up the camp

The stakes are high as the Agency series moves to the very top. The Traitor in the Tunnel sees Mary go undercover as a maid in Buckingham Palace.

Pilfering from the palace. A high-society murder in an opium den. Unwanted attentions from the Prince of Wales. A long-lost father, previously thought dead. A prisoner in the Tower of London. Oh my!


Setting Type: Teen Titans Go! to the Movies

In the interests of laziness, yet again I’m basing a post topic on my children’s viewing choices.

The very first Setting Type feature used the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for inspiration. With an upcoming family outing to Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, I’m going to recommend historical reading picks for the five title heroes.

If you’re not into superhero movies because they’re too serious, brooding and overblown with action set pieces, then you should definitely check it the Teen Titans, because they are none of those things.


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