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Past articles by Natalie:

The Must Read Thriller Books of Summer 2023

Here are our picks for the twelve must-read mystery and thriller books that are arriving on shelves in Summer 2023. → Read More

March’s Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Punxsutawney Phil may have predicted six more weeks of weirdly shifting winter weather patterns, but at least if we’re hibernating longer we’ve got plenty of promising new releases to read: March is a banner month for new SFF! In addition to the handful of titles we already called out on our 2023 preview (including C.L. […] → Read More

How Kim Sherwood Wrote a Killer James Bond Novel Without Bond

Exclusive: Kim Sherwood introduces new Double Os to care about in James Bond novel Double or Nothing. → Read More

Your Place or Mine Review: Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher Lack Romantic Chemistry

Reese Witherspoon and Ashton Kutcher lack heat in an otherwise sweet house-swap rom-com. → Read More

The Real History of Enola Holmes 2 and the Matchgirls’ Strike of 1888

Here is the real story behind the inspiration for Netflix’s second girl detective movie starring Millie Bobby Brown, Enola Holmes 2. → Read More


Fantasy grifter 'Kalyna the Soothsayer' will charm her way into your heart

Elijah Kinch Spector's con artist caught up in court intrigues turns fantasy fortuneteller tropes inside out. Kalyna is not only the novel's unlikely hero, but she's also a shameless fake. → Read More


'Sea of Tranquility' reflects our pandemic woes through a time-travel lens

Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel wrote a book during these last two years of social isolation — about big moments in our lives and small moments in time. → Read More

Romance Novels to Read If You Swooned Over HBO's Starstruck

While we wait to find out what happens to average-gal Jessie and movie-star Tom after last season’s small-yet-grand romantic gesture on "Starstruck", the next best thing is sinking into a contemporary romance. → Read More


Strap in for highs and lows with the pandemic novel 'How High We Go in the Dark'

One character is an aimless young man works at a euthanasia theme park for terminally ill kids, placing them on the roller coaster that will kill them before the plague does. It is a book about death. → Read More

12 SFF Tales Told From Second-Person Perspective

Writing in second person—forgoing I or she/he/they of other perspectives in favor of that intensely-close, under-your-skin you—can, ironically, be rather alienating. Often it feels too intimate for… → Read More

Y: The Last Man Season Finale Witnesses the Rise of “Victoria”

The Y: The Last Man season finale has everything: A Western-style shootout. Crying Amazons. A Brown family fight. A Brown family reunion. Sexytimes. Snuggle times. Another bloody transfer of power.… → Read More


Claire Vaye Watkins goes on an autofictional odyssey out West in her latest

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness follows a woman, also named Claire, who abandons her family during a bout of postpartum depression in favor of a road trip through significant places in her past. → Read More

Y: The Last Man Mourns the Greats in “Weird Al is Dead”

This week’s Y: The Last Man starts with a vigil and ends with vigilantes! → Read More

Y: The Last Man Goes on a “Mann Hunt” to Find Humanity’s Reluctant Savior

This week’s Y: The Last Man gave us a heartwarming reunion for the comic’s greatest love story—no, I’m not talking about Yorick and Beth, obviously I mean Agent 355 and her collap… → Read More

Y: The Last Man Makes New Allies and Enemies in “Karen and Benji”

So this was the first episode of Y: The Last Man where I immediately wanted to click to the next screener the moment it was over! This bodes well for future episodes, in that the series seems to be… → Read More

Ranking Cinderella Adaptations

Where does Amazon Studios’ Cinderella rank alongside the last 70 years of movie and TV adaptations? → Read More

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4 Finale: Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum

For a long time now, watching The Handmaid’s Tale has been an uneasy undertaking. In wanting to honor June Osborne’s (Elisabeth Moss) trauma and road to recovery, I nonetheless found he… → Read More

The Nevers Finale Explodes Its Entire Premise With an Old Trick

Over a decade ago, Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse incredibly recontextualized its first season with “Epitaph One,” a dystopian flash-forward revealing a glimpse of the bleak future that … → Read More

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 4: Does June Want to Be Saved?

It’s been two years since the previous season of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale aired, one of many ongoing television series that experienced a longer-than-usual hiatus due to covid. … → Read More

7 More Swoon-Worthy Fantasy Romances

The last time I wrote about the swooniest fantasy romances, I said that fantasy romance is like a box of chocolates. And at the risk of sounding like Forrest Gump, it just gets truer with time: Whi… → Read More