Book Review: We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

There was a time when I didn’t shy away from big books. There was a time when I used to pick up a book set in a place I was soon to visit. There was a time when I traveled. There was such a time before COVID, before kids. That time might have passed, but We The Drowned by Carsten Jensen has stayed with me … Continue reading Book Review: We, the Drowned by Carsten Jensen

Book Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia or a Feminist Mexican Vampire Tale

Mexican female vampires are not intrinsically feminist, I would think. Previous to reading Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (2016), my only known reference was the horror/action-film El Santo vs las Mujeres Vampiro (or Santo vs Female Vampires – 1962). Female Vampires are called Vampiresas and if you look it up in the dictionary, Vampiresa is a Femme Fatale, a woman who takes advantage of … Continue reading Book Review: Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia or a Feminist Mexican Vampire Tale

Untamed Shore or my favorite book by Silvia Moreno Garcia.

We all have our go-to authors; those we place on auto-buy. Those who will bring calm, an escape into a different world far away from daily struggles. Predictability, perhaps; the comfort of knowing, this is probably going to be a book you will love. They do not have to be the most accomplished writers, the most crafted, the most popular. They just have to be … Continue reading Untamed Shore or my favorite book by Silvia Moreno Garcia.

Book Review: The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera

Book purchases surged at the beginning of the Covid-19 epidemic. We were home, with lots of time on our hands, and novels about pandemics, particularly, dystopian, seemed like an escape that was relatable. A way of coping when we had very little options at hand. There were quite a few to pick from: The Plague by Albert Camus, sold out quickly, and Agustina Bazterrica’s Tender … Continue reading Book Review: The Transmigration of Bodies by Yuri Herrera

Book Review: Before by Carmen Boullosa or growing up is scary

clac clac clac. Steps approaching. That feeling that someone – or something – is watching you from the darkness, hidden from view. But you can feel it, its presence slowly approaching, towering over you, overpowering. Fear. That copper taste in your mouth, and the world pauses. Fear. But is it your instinct for survival kicking in or are you a child frightened by shadows? The … Continue reading Book Review: Before by Carmen Boullosa or growing up is scary

Book Review: The Masker by Torrey Peters

We all have heard of Torrey Peters right now. Haven’t you? Gorgeous trans-woman writing stories centering trans-women for trans people. Racy, honest, raw writing that might make us, cis-het, folks uncomfortable, googling a whole lot and feeling like we were not in on the secret. And that is a good thing. But before unconventional relationships between three woman trying to raise a baby together, there … Continue reading Book Review: The Masker by Torrey Peters

Book Review: The Divorce by Cesar Aira

Though Cesar Aira is one of Argentina’s most prolific writers, his works have been extensively translated to English, and he has even been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, he isn’t mainstream. And that is for a reason. Aira’s writing is experimental, confusing, and norm-shattering. While authors like Anne Garreta and the rest of the crew at Oulipo are testing the boundaries of language and … Continue reading Book Review: The Divorce by Cesar Aira

Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno García

This is the story of Casiopea Tun, an eighteen year old girl living with her mean and grumpy grandfather in a small town in Yucatán after the death of her dad. Her mom was grandpa’s favorite before she ran off and married a half-Maya journalist from Merida. Now, they are the undesirable poor relatives who he had to take in, and treats like servants. But … Continue reading Book Review: Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno García

Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez

If you loved Things We Lost In The Fire, odds are you’ll like this one as well. Enriquez repeats her successful formula with short haunting stories, most of them featuring teenagers or women in their early twenties layered with social commentary. Again we encounter orphans living on the street, transgender prostitutes, vanishing women and San Muerte followers, plus new themes that form part of Latin … Continue reading Book Review: The Dangers of Smoking in Bed by Mariana Enríquez