Smoke and Mirrors: A jack-in-the-box, trolls, vampires, and twisted fairytales

Neil Gaiman’s Smoke and Mirrors is a book of short stories written over the course of several decades, and the stories, while all carrying some element of sci fi, also span various genres from horror, to romance, to corrupted manipulations of childhood fairy tales and figures. In only 100 words, Gaiman obliterates our childhood perceptions…

Blythewood: The power of a chime child

Blythewood: The power of a chime child  Blythewood by Carol Goodman is the story of a young woman named Avaline Hall in early 20th century New York, who begins by working as a seamstress in a hat factory, an orphaned girl who never knew her father, and whose beloved mother recently passed away. She is…