Author Feature: Colleen van Niekerk, A Conspiracy of Mothers, and Shame

I’ve invited debut author Colleen van Niekerk onto Bookish Brews to chat with us about a major theme in A Conspiracy of Mothers, her brand new book! This incredibly thoughtful piece will keep you thinking about it for days.

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Book Review: The Chosen and the Beautiful by Nghi Vo

The Chosen and the Beautiful is an incredible reimagining and reexamining of The Great Gatsby. It’s done so well and so full of thought and care. Nghi Vo knows and loves the story so much but has created a brand new way for us all to look at it. Absolutely stunning.

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Book Review: Panacea >Build 1.0 by Charli Drever

Panacea >Build 1.0 is a brilliant new cyberpunk debut that I couldn’t put down. The characters are full of heart, and so is the story. Gripping and realistic, this world will pull you in right from the start. Panacea is both action-packed and character-driven, this stunning debut by Charli Drever doesn’t hold back.

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Book Review: Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam

Leave the World Behind is truly written wonderfully. Even though not much happened, the writing is compelling enough to keep you on the edge of your seat. The brilliance of this novel is in the writing and the way that it leaves so much to your imagination, but encourages you to imagine the worst. Chilling!

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Book Review: The Echo Wife by Sarah Gailey

The Echo Wife is a quick and creepy ride of a book. It balances current moral dilemmas with past trauma and protective ethics. This book uses a science fiction element to highlight real-life trauma and abuse to create one wonderful story.

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Book Review: Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

Last Night at the Telegraph Club is an incredible and well-researched novel. I am so impressed with how well integrated the historical accuracies were written into this story. It felt so real and I learned so much about the time period. Hooray for more historical fiction with Asian characters! We existed then and we exist now.

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Book Review: Star Eater by Kerstin Hall

Star Eater is all at once gruesome, horrifying, fun, and glamorous. Kerstin Hall bounces between such different tones, moods, and topics in such a unique and impressive way. It had me in awe the whole time. It was a little too scary for me, but Hall guided me into the growing scare level very well!

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Book Review: We Have Always Been Here by Lena Nguyen

We Have Always Been Here was a fantastic atmospheric space horror that had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I absolutely loved the way Lena Nguyen built such a believable world, and threw in so much well explained science that it convinced me everything that happened is possible.

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Book Review: Folklorn by Angela Mi Young Hur

Read Folklorn It is important. It is beautiful and wonderful. It is the first book to make me feel like I can claim Asian American for myself. I absolutely applaud what Angela Mi Young Hur was able to accomplish here.

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Book Review: The Seep by Chana Porter

SFF/speculative fiction really shines when they are able to take a fantastical element (or a lot of them) and use it to really put a spotlight on humanity. The Seep does a fantastic job of that.

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