The Weird World of Jeff VanderMeer: “Southern Reach” & “Borne”

Like China Miéville, Jeff VanderMeer got his start as a pioneer in the genre of New Weird; although he had decades of experience publishing novels and story collections (not to mention editing anthologies), his work remained highly niche until the release of the Southern Reach trilogy gained mainstream traction in 2014. This is where I … [Read More]

Author Spotlight: China Miéville

Author Spotlight: China Miéville Fall 2017   “‘I don’t want to be a simile anymore,’ I said. ‘I want to be a metaphor.’” –Embassytown   I like to keep my books organized. I have a shelf for fiction, for nonfiction, for drama, for poetry, for short fiction, and for graphic novels. But there’s one shelf … [Read More]

Hey Girl, I Heard You Like Books With “Girl” in the Title: Reflecting on Five Years of Gone Girl

This essay contains spoilers for Gone Girl. Gone Girl came into the world on May 24th, 2012, and the five years since its publication have seen a seismic shift in literature as authors and publishers scrambled to create “the next Gone Girl.” The influence of Gillian Flynn’s novel can be seen not just in the … [Read More]