The Shape of Water, by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

Many times, when I talk to people about filmmakers like Tim Burton and Guillermo del Toro, they say something about loose screws, and in a voice that suggests mild insanity. Nothing makes me angrier than when people dismiss creativity as nothing more than a fleeting fancy of mental illness or drug use, because, sometimes, imagination … Continue reading The Shape of Water, by Guillermo del Toro and Daniel Kraus

The Light Between Worlds, by Laura E. Weymouth

When I picked up this latest fantasy offering about faraway worlds and magical adventures, I was not expecting so much melancholy. Especially after my previous reading disaster, I was ready for something that would transport and enthrall me in every way the last book did not. I got what I wanted, but I really did … Continue reading The Light Between Worlds, by Laura E. Weymouth

Jack the Giant Killer, by Charles de Lint

I cannot remember the last time a fairy tale retelling left me feeling so indifferent. Honestly, if not for this blog, I would have quitted this book halfway through. Of course, it cannot be easy to make a compelling retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, because of its rinse-and-repeat storyline of climbing a tall green … Continue reading Jack the Giant Killer, by Charles de Lint