Author Archives: Emily Z

Beyond Bestsellers: Sinister Speculations of Science Fiction

by Emily Z. I happen to think science fiction (and his close friend, speculative fiction) is the future of horror. No, not exclusively and certainly not just recently, but increasingly. Science fiction is about uncomfortable questions. What if the robots we create become so sophisticated they overthrow us? What if virtual reality becomes so commonplace […]

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What are You Listening to?

by Emily Z. Yes, you. What audiobook are you listening to that is really doing it for you? We genuinely want to know. Is it something you’ve read before? A new author? How did you come across it? What piqued your interest? Is the narrator absolutely bringing it? Quite a few of us at Sno-Isle […]

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Mind Your Language: Mischievous Linguistic Histories

by Emily Z. Today I want to talk about some troublesome terms, namely slang words and swear words. There are a goodly number of books examining the shifting, spreading nature of the English language as a whole. The books featured here though are about English’s naughty words (figuratively and literally) and those who try to […]

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Narrator Spotlight: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

by Emily Z The right narrator can make or break an audiobook experience. To complicate matters, if a book or series has a wide cast of characters, the narrator might find themselves overwhelmed. What if there’s a bubbly teen girl character, stuffy older male characters, a smooth young Londoner, a Sikh Scotsman, and a whole […]

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Merciless Magic: Dark Fantasy Fiction

by Emily Z. I appreciate it when fantasy novels embrace the idea that magic is not inherently friendly. Consider the titular Ring from The Fellowship of the Ring books; no matter how pure and noble the ring’s bearer was, over time it was going to bend them to its will and leave them a damaged […]

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Morbid Curiosities: True Tales of Medical Misadventure

by Emily Z Lindsey’s fabulous post about plague fiction reinforces my belief that the history of medical care is a morbidly mesmerizing topic with unusually broad appeal. I gravitate more towards apocalyptic science fiction and its nightmarish, speculative medical issues, but I was also once a history major and know historical fact can sometimes be even stranger […]

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Space Farce: Humorous Fiction Set Among the Stars

by Emily Z. What is it about outer space and its inhabitants that drives some to take it so seriously (or “Sirius-ly”)? The inherent lack of oxygen? The suffocating silence of its infinite expanse? That Ridley Scott film? That other Ridley Scott film? Space can be a happy place. Or, at the very least, there is enough room […]

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Something from Nothing: Upcycling and Salvage Crafts

by Emily Z. Using salvaged materials means rescuing something old and giving it new purpose. Close cousin to salvage, upcycling is the art of reinventing something you have (or have found) and turning it into something you love/need/want via modification or re-purposing. It’s upgrading and recycling smashed lovingly together and it can be a rewarding […]

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Gruesome Graphic Novels

by Emily Z. March has put me in the mood for something sinister. Think about it: The theaters have at least one horror film in rotation each week because this is their time to shine before the summer blockbusters come. The sky is being very uncooperative and gray. Oh and the Crypticon horror convention is […]

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Supernatural Fun: the Lighter Side of the Dark Side

by Emily Z. Supernatural is a stretchy sort of sub-genre. Does it absolutely have to have zombies and ghosts? Is it actually just horror? Does it need smoldering vampires on top of ghosts to avoid being horror? Isn’t it just urban fantasy then? What if it takes place in the past or an alternate reality? […]

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