‘Azanian Bridges’ exposes the deep injustices of South African Apartheid

Set in a current South Africa that still enforces Apartheid, Azanian Bridges is, despite some flaws, a striking read with hints of Brazil. Though most political utopias tend to give a sense of relief (as in "Thank goodness it didn't turn out that way!") with a slight warning for times ahead, it almost feels as...

‘Under the Pendulum Sun’ is a Brontë hommage on LSD

Under the Pendulum Sun, by Jeanette NG, is very, very, good. Catherine's brother, Laon Helstone, has disappeared in Arcadia, the Fae land, a recently discovered land that most colonizing powers are now desperate to establish trade links with. Catherine, with the support of the missionary society her brother belongs to, leaves to Arcadia, hoping she will...

‘Steal the Stars’ is a sci-fi love story with some crazy plot turns

Steal the Stars is based on a 14-episode podcast that has been adapted and expanded into a novel by the author Nat Cassidy. Steal the Stars is primarily a science fiction love story between two characters, Dakota and Matthew, but it feels like an epic novel as the story takes on some crazy plot turns. Dak...

Rogue and Gambit #1 Review: Gambit STAYS Being Thirsty

One of my favorite couples in Marvel comics have their own book and let me tell you the chemistry between Remy LeBeau (Gambit) and Rogue is palpable! The comic opens with a panel snapshot of Gambit and Rogue's history which spans over a couple of decades.  These two have been through a myriad of...

‘The House of Erzulie’ Book Review–When in Conflict, Keep Reading

Kristen Imani Kasai is a brilliant, theatrical writer with a wit and allure she applies to carefully-chosen adjectives and adages. Her story The House of Erzulie, is both a delight (especially to the romantic fanatic) and a real heartache to read. If you’re the type of reader who screams and tosses books out the window...

BGN Comic Review: X-Men Gold #1

When I saw the press release for X-Men Gold #1 issued by Marvel and glanced at that cover art I knew I had to get my hands on this comic book.  Let me explain---the superhero team Excalibur, was my gateway into comics.  My very first issue was Excalibur Special Edition (1987).  Can I be...

‘A Hope Divided’ is a slow burn

A Hope Divided, the second novel in The Loyal League series by Alyssa Cole, tells the story of Marlie Lynch, a mixed-race woman trying to find her place in the US during the height of the Civil War. Marlie has spent the last ten years living with her white relatives, a sister named Sarah,...

BGN Comic Review: Metal Issue #4

  Transformations and team-ups are at the core of this issue of Metal.  The hope is that a large enough concentration of the ore will prevent Barbatos from destroying Earth.  Metal has been existing in a framework of deep mysteries and connections, but what stood out to me in this issue were the connections between characters....

Black Eyed Peas ‘Masters of the Sun’ Virtual Reality Experience To Premiere At 2018 Sundance Festival

https://youtu.be/y8sj-PWgaTw Global music act, the Black Eyed Peas have announced that the Virtual Reality (VR) Experience adaptation of their graphic novel “Masters of the Sun: The Zombie Chronicles” will make its world premiere as an official selection of the New Frontier Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. From the mind of will.i.am, he and the...

Put ‘Forest of a Thousand Lanterns’ on your fantasy-to-read list

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns (written by Julie C. Dao) is summarized as an East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress—and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny. And yes, it is a clear retelling of the classic Evil Queen story we know....
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