Cultural Appropriation

Naomi Novik makes a stand: “I would rather take my characters to China and Istanbul and Africa and make mistakes and get corrected for them than confine myself to the safe Western European sandbox and pretend the problem doesn’t exist.” Her next Temeraire book is set in Africa, […]

The Love Blackmailer

A lot of trash cinema fans don’t realize that Canada has a long and sleazy history of sexploitation films. Until somewhat recently — despite being a Canadian citizen, as well as ‘60s filth-film booster, I didn’t either.

An Adept Adaptation

A Disease of Language (Knockabout – Palmano Bennett, 2005) reads like Alan Moore’s application for the position of Official Ambassador to the Far Flung Realms of The Conscious Psychedelic Multiverse of Probability. And at the end of it, one is left with the distinct feeling that Moore is […]

Too Many Dragons

Fantasy fiction is overrun by dragons. The fiery beasts have become a way to spice up an otherwise standard book — just add dragons. When I first heard about Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series — the Napoleonic Wars, a la Hornblower, except with dragons — I sighed to myself:  […]