Author Archives: Emily Z

The Fantastic Tween Comic Scene

by Emily Z. The holidays are upon us now. For some of us, that means: Winter Break Long trips to other peoples’ houses Even longer periods of waiting for some elaborate meal to be prepared Holiday parties where everyone is somehow between 5 and 50 years older than you (or at least 5 years younger […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: It’s Been Weird

By Emily Z. Well, hello there. Are you ready for the end? The grand finale of our Weird History sojourn? Oh, and isn’t today also some sort of holiday? It’s not as though I’ve been waiting for Halloween since last November. And I certainly don’t have relevant history books to talk about… Or maybe I do! Yes, […]

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In the Midst of Weird History

by Emily Z Pssst! Hey there, fine and goodly readers–just checking in with you at the midpoint of our journey through time and also the month of October. It’s hard to believe we’re already halfway through the Weird History edition of our Beyond Bestsellers series and I hope it’s been suitably, satisfyingly strange so far. I […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Weird History

by Emily Z. It’s a new month and that means a new Beyond Bestsellers theme! This October, we’re all about keeping it weird and historical with some weird history. What is that? Is that a genre of book now? Yes. Why just weird history, you ask? Well, the thing about history is that there’s a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Strange Speculations

by Emily Z. Once upon a time, I couldn’t stand short stories. Eventually I learned I was just reading the wrong ones. In celebration of this month’s Beyond Bestseller’s theme, I’m sharing some of my newly discovered besties. The collections I’ve collected here are all certainly something else, something quite other and strange. Their tales […]

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LibraryReads List September 2018

by Emily Z. Oh my. It is basically fall now, isn’t it? Have you dusted off your reusable, resin decorative gourds and nutmeg-scented LED tea lights yet? Now that the apocalyptic haze of smoke is fading I’m feeling ready for a nice, briskly refreshing coating of rain and falling leaves. Or perhaps you’re looking to […]

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True Colors

by Emily Z. A friend once asked me why I have a jar of dried onion skins on my kitchen counter. The mason jars of inky black and rust-red liquid inside my refrigerator have also raised an eyebrow or two, especially from the technician who came by to repair the thing last year. What’s with […]

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LibraryReads List July 2018

by Emily Z. It’s finally July and phew, can you tell! With weather like this, the sparkling cover of Naomi Novik’s latest book looks downright refreshing. Spinning Silver is the crown jewel of this month’s LibraryReads picks and following the meteoric popularity of her last fantasy Uprooted (oh, and the whole Temeraire series), it’s quite understandable. […]

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In the Manor of Shirley Jackson

by Emily Z. A few weeks ago, I suddenly felt the urge to look up the release date for the film adaptation of We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The short answer is, it is unclear. However, the very next day, the nominees for the Shirley Jackson Award were announced. It was all a […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous SFF: So Long and Thanks for All the Fish

by Emily Z. It’s the end of the month and time to check in and pack up Beyond Bestsellers: Humorous Science Fiction and Fantasy, or as I like to say to myself (very loudly) “HSFF!” After all I read and learned leading up to this month I can now confidently state that I am a […]

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