I am always very hesitant to use the term Mary Sue – it’s so gendered, so often used to attack female characters for traits admired in male ones.
Plett creates a community of characters that is familiar but not codependent.
Recommended if you like: Detective stories; science-fiction packed to the gills with monsters and mayhem.
Sidewalk Dancing is a wonderful glimpse into a life that is both refreshingly different and utterly familiar. Rating: 4.75/5 expensive bottles of perfume
The Crying of Lot 49 did just about everything before it was cool. Rating: 4.9/5 improbable conspiracies involving the postal system
The Castaway Lounge features a town full of “the desperate and the damned,” each trying to eke out an existence in a town that died long ago. Rating: 4/5 titty bar fires
Book: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor Rating: 4.75/5 songs that sound like the wind Recommended if you like: Post-apocalyptic settings rife with shape-shifting magic; stories that tend to linger and haunt you long […]
Read Sad Robot Stories if you like stories that show humanity more than sometimes humans can.
Book: Bigfoot and the Baby by Ann Gelder Rating: 4.5/5 bitchin’ vans painted with underwater scenes Recommended if you like: Satirical literary fiction with a dash of sci-fi First lines: […]
Book: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James Rating: 3.5/5 theories about insane governesses Recommended if you like: old-timey horror stories First Lines: “The story had held us, round […]