Red as Blue a Lyrical, Cathartic Coming of Age Story

A few weeks back, I was given the joy of interviewing Ji Strangeway, author of the hybrid novel Red as Blue, for my Creator Corner series. As of today, the…

The Last Jedi Novelization is a Mixed Bag

In the Star Wars universe, novelizations of films offer unique opportunities. They may confirm—or undermine—speculation or implications drawn from the movies. They may generate new theories or sideline old ones.…

A Defense of Finn’s Character Arc

You might be surprised to learn that when I watched The Force Awakens, my favorite character was Finn. His story of breaking ranks and the cycle of violence hit home…

Lucasfilm Might Not Be Crazy

I know, I know, saying this makes me sound like I might be the one who’s crazy. The announcement that Lucasfilm has hired David Benioff and D. B. Weiss (D&D)…

A Definitive Guide to ASOIAF Analysis

A friend of mine recently finished George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (ASOIAF), and she asked me if I had any recommendations for essays or podcasts…

If You Only Read One Star Wars Novel, Make it Lost Stars

If you aren’t reading the New Extended Canon (EC) Star Wars novels, you’re really missing out.  Ever since my friend Rachel got me hooked on the EC, I’ve made it…

Why is Everyone Blaming Vice Admiral Holdo?

I adored Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I have my gripes, but the thematic arcs, the meta commentary on Star Wars itself as a franchise and its fanbase, and most…

Tristina Wright’s 27 Hours Centers Queer Protagonists

Finally, a queer YA sci-fi novel! Most of my queer YA book reviews in this past year have been fantasy. That’s not because I read or enjoy fantasy more, it’s…

Portraits of Princess Leia

The only reason I can think of for including this character is that he adds a face to the antagonists for the first half of the novel, after which he’s…