Hey, Back again with book recs! If you’re still hungry for more uncolonized fantasy/history fiction after Black Panther and Children of Blood and Bone, I heartily recommend Aliette De Bodard’s Obsidian and Blood trilogy. Set at the height of the Mexica Triple Alliance, it focuses on the high priest of the dead trying to solve mysteries in Tenochitlan. Fantastically well-researched Aztec world, it’s well worth your time. Have a lovely night!

I LOVE that series! 

(Well, I loved book one, but I haven’t been able to buy the rest of the books just yet so I don’t yet love them.) It’s such a fantastic series and I need to like… buy the other two books the second I get a chance. 

Now, a book rec for you!

Libba Bray’s The Diviners series is AMAZING. It’s a historical urban fantasy set in the 1920s during Prohibition/the tail end of the Harlem Renaissance (if i remember correctly) centering a group of teenagers and young adults with powers and some serious darkness. It’s SO CLOSE to what I want to do with my own work set in 1920s Harlem that I just can’t get enough of it. 

(I’ve got a book and a half left in the series because Grad School, but I’m sure I’ll love the whole series!)


Hey guys, just a little promo post –

I’m Laskull, a NB Latino graphic designer. Primarily versed in illustration, game and toy design, animation, and comic creation. 

I just started developing a fantasy + horror visual novel called The Fairy Tale Dead, which was formerly a comic. I will be posting more about it soon. 

Donations can help me pay for the tools and software needed to bring this game to life. 

My Ko-fi page is here ✨

Thanks so much for your time and support of my work!

Just writing to say I think you’re one of the most admirable people on this site! Also if you’re looking for a version of Harry Potter that has actual diversity at the fore I would HIGHLY recommend Zen Cho’s sorcerer to the Crown. Set in Regency England, it focuses on a black Sorcerer Royal (Britain’s chief wizard) teaming up with a biracial, British-Indian, witch to restore England’s magic + deal with racists. It’s a great read if you have the time. Have a great night!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE Sorcerer to the Crown! It was one of my favorite books of 2016 and I need the sequel to come out like yesterday (but I recognize that writing is hard and wouldn’t ever bug ZC about it)! 

Now as you’ve given me a great book rec, I shall give you one in return: 

The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty. I’m not finished with the book yet (as this semester has been HECK), but it’s a really lush epic fantasy involving a young con artist and djinn. It’s really amazing so far and I think that if you loved Sorcerer to the Crown, you’ll love this!

Also, thank you so much for the kind words! Seriously! I appreciate them, and you! 😀


A Dead Djinn in Cairo: A Tor.Com Original (2016)

“Egypt, 1912. In an alternate Cairo infused with the otherworldly, the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities investigate disturbances between the mortal and the (possibly) divine. 

What starts off as an odd suicide case for Special Investigator Fatma el-Sha’arawi leads her through the city’s underbelly as she encounters rampaging ghouls, saucy assassins, clockwork angels, and plot that could unravel time itself, in P. Djèlí Clark’s Tor.Com Original, A Dead Djinn in Cairo.”

By P. Djeli Clark  

Get it here

P. Djèlí Clark is a writer of speculative fiction. Born in Queens, New York, he has lived alternatively in Staten Island, Brooklyn, Texas and the Caribbean. His stories have appeared in online publications such as Daily Science Fiction, Every Day Fiction, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and elsewhere. He has also contributed short stories to anthologies such as the Griots: A Sword and Soul Anthology and Griots: Sisters of the Spear, co-edited by Milton Davis and the pioneering Charles Saunders. 

Professionally, Clark is a doctoral candidate in history who focuses on issues of slavery and emancipation in the Atlantic World. He currently resides in Washington D.C., and ruminates on issues of diversity in speculative fiction at his blog The Disgruntled Haradrim.

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What I’m Reviewing: Not Now, Not Ever

Who It’s By: Lily Anderson

What It’s About:

Elliot Gabaroche is very clear on what she isn’t going to do this summer.

1. She isn’t going to stay home in Sacramento, where she’d have to sit through her stepmother’s sixth community theater production of The Importance of Being Earnest.
2. She isn’t going to mock trial camp at UCLA.
3. And she certainly isn’t going to the Air Force summer program on her mom’s base in Colorado Springs. As cool as it would be to live-action-role-play Ender’s Game, Ellie’s seen three generations of her family go through USAF boot camp up close, and she knows that it’s much less Luke/Yoda/”feel the force,” and much more one hundred push-ups on three days of no sleep. And that just isn’t appealing, no matter how many Xenomorphs from Alien she’d be able to defeat afterwards.

What she is going to do is pack up her determination, her favorite Octavia Butler novels, and her Jordans, and run away to summer camp. Specifically, a cutthroat academic-decathlon-like competition for a full scholarship to Rayevich College—the only college with a Science Fiction Literature program, and her dream school. She’s also going to start over as Ever Lawrence: a new name for her new beginning. She’s even excited spend her summer with the other nerds and weirdos in the completion, like her socially-awkward roommate with neon-yellow hair, and a boy who seriously writes on a typewriter and is way cuter than is comfortable or acceptable.

The only problem with her excellent plan to secretly win the scholarship and a ticket to her future: her golden-child, super-genius cousin Isaiah has had the same idea, and has shown up at Rayevich smugly ready to steal her dreams and expose her fraud in the process.

This summer’s going to be great.

You should check this book out if you like: tons of references to Oscar Wilde, nerdy Black heroines, sweet romance development, and stories set in summer camps.

Purchase Link: http://amzn.to/2je47Ih

Giveaway Link (Sweepstakes End Friday night): https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/5bec7b8b273f2abd?ref_=pe_1771210_134854370#ts-fo

Thank you so much for watching my review and I’ll do my best to get a transcript together asap!


A Fistful of Honey  (2017)  

Money. Love. Family. When it all falls away and she’s left with nothing, one woman must find the strength to fight her demons… so she can save the world.

Alena Ford has a great job, a beautiful home, and a rich, powerful husband. When she loses it all she faces a nightmare worse than her horrible childhood. Fired from her job, she leaves her Manhattan penthouse for a decrepit apartment in a gritty section of Brooklyn. Stripped of everything, she is forced to face the demons of her past and the ghosts in her heart.

When Alena befriends her eccentric neighbor Gloria, the woman’s stunning amethyst necklace and Black Madonna painting draws her into a world of ancient secrets, dark forces, and powerful magic. It is a world in which black women, the first people, are divine. Alena is descended from an ancient order called The Bridgers, chosen to save humanity from the Dark Ones. To succeed, Alena must first battle the demons of her past. If she loses, the fate of the world is at stake. 

A Fistful of Honey delivers racial healing and reawakening wrapped in a thrilling, page-turning tale, introducing a heroine and magic unlike anything else in fiction.

by Malena Crawford 

Order here

Malena Crawford is a Washington, DC-based writer and holds degrees from the George Washington University in Psychology with a concentration in Neuropsychology. She founded the Black Divine Feminine Reawakened movement,one dedicated to revolutionizing the way women of color see and experience themselves, and facilitates workshops on personal development, empowerment, and anti-oppression across the globe, most recently in South Africa. Her passion for writing and teaching come from a life story of healing and overcoming. A Fistful of Honey is her first novel and she is currently completing its sequel.

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